County Championship: Australian all-rounder Sean Abbott will return home, ending his stint with Surrey in the County Cricket after suffering a severe hamstring injury during last week’s match with Gloucestershire.
Sean Abbott was making his debut for the Surrey Club. During the game, he took 2 wickets for 5 runs in the second innings & also scored 40 runs. However, he didn’t come out to the field on the final day of the match after suffering an injury on Day three. Abbott was due to stay until the conclusion of the T20 Blast Group Stage on July 16. But now Abbott will return back to Australia Immediately to rehabilitate his injury.
“Sean’s injury is incredibly unfortunate as he made a great impression during his first game and had already become a popular member of the dressing room,” said Alec Stewart, Surrey CCC Director of Cricket.
With the sudden departure of Sean Abbott, the South African batsman Hashim Amla is the only overseas player available in Surrey’s squad. As per ECB’s regulations, only two overseas players are permitted to play at any one time.
In April, Surrey Club signed Abbott for the whole of the T20 Blast Group Stage & three County Championship games. Along with his appearances in nine matches of limited-overs format. Abbott has also enjoyed incredible success in domestic cricket by winning consecutive BBL titles with Sydney Sixers in 2020 & 2021. In seven appearances in the four-day Sheffield Shield, he has grabbed 17 wickets & scored his maiden first-class century.
Meanwhile, the Australian team is scheduled to tour West Indies & Bangladesh for the limited-overs series in the month of July & August. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to take place in the October-November window later this year. Considering that, Cricket Australia announced that the Australian squad will play five-match T20Is against Bangladesh in August. This series will serve as a preparatory ground for Australia ahead of the glorious T20 World cup. The Australian team will play these five T20Is after the conclusion of their limited-overs series against the West Indies in July.
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