With all eyes on Adelaide Oval as Australia, India and the cricketing world at large again paid tribute to Phillip Hughes, NSW fast bowler Sean Abbott courageously returned to the SCG exactly two weeks after his bouncer fatally struck Hughes.
Abbott, who made his limited overs debuts for Australia recently, ripped in a bouncer in the fifth ball of his first over against the Queensland Bulls.
It was a symbolic moment, epitomising the young bowler’s strength of character and signifying that the cricketing community had doused the anti-bouncer hysteria that followed Hughes’ death.
Abbott took two wickets as NSW dismissed Queensland for 268.
Sean Abbott just bowled his first over since the death of Phillip Hughes. 5th ball was a bouncer. His mate will be grinning somewhere.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) December 9, 2014
Meanwhile, Indian pace-man Varun Aaron took it upon himself to remove the albatross from around the sport’s neck by bowling the first bouncer of the Test in Adelaide.
In the first ball of the fourth over of play, Aaron dug in a 145 kph short ball to David Warner, who ducked the express pace delivery. It was another emblematic moment and drew spirited applause from the crowd.