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Abbott will get support

As the global cricket community came to grips with Australia cricketer Phillip Hughes' death from a severe head injury, many came out in defence of Sean Abbott, whose short-pitched ball struck the batsman.

Fast bowler Abbott's bouncer hit Hughes on the side of his neck, compressing his vertebral artery and causing it to split, forcing blood into the brain area. Doctors removed parts of his skull during the operation, but the damage was too severe and Hughes never regained consciousness.

Abbott, who was said to be suffering after news of Hughes' death filtered through, had been one of the first to rush to Hughes' aid at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Tuesday, cradling the 25-year-old before he was rushed to hospital by ambulance.

"It says a lot about Sean, doesn't it?" Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland said. "Sean will have all the support he needs around him.

"I'm sure his teammates and everyone don't feel in any way ill of him for what happened... It's a freak, freak incident that's happened." - Reuters.