Trevor Bayliss praises Sean Abbott’s mental strength

The New South Wales (NSW) team coach Trevor Bayliss praised Sean Abbott’s ‘character’, after the 22-year old recorded his best ever bowling performance in his first match following the death of Phil Hughes.

In a Sheffield Shield match at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), the venue where Abbott bowled the short ball that led to Hughes’ death, the Australian all-rounder finished with six for 14, as NSW defeated Queensland by an innings and 80 runs.

Bayliss said that if Abbott continued this performance, he will go on to play more matches for Australia.

“Everyone was just so happy for him, after what happened two weeks ago, so hopefully that puts him back on the road to more success.”

“It was a hostile spell. He bowled fast on a flat fourth-day wicket, and short when he had to, pitching it up hitting the stumps. It was a fantastic fourth-day performance.

“On this performance, he’ll play more for Australia, I’m sure,” Bayliss added

Ever since he bowled that bouncer that led to Hughes’ death, Abbott has received counselling and support from the cricket world.