Sport Sean Abbott admits he 'lost belief' in his Australian return following dream T20 display
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What an achievement!
Sean Abbott has summed up the emotion he showed in Australia's T20 thrashing of Pakistan in Perth on Friday night.
Abbott,for the third and final T20 match against Pakistan on Friday night, hadn't worn Australian colours since November 2014.
But after years of consistent form for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash, Abbott was thrown into Australia's pace attack, and proved an excellent addition to the side who made light work of Pakistan to claim a series sweep of the world's best team in the shortened format.
The New South Welshman was crowned player of the match after finishing up with figures of 2-14 in the 10 wicket obliteration.
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However, it was his first wicket in Australian colours since his long-awaited returned which caught the eye, after Abbott fell to his knees in an emotional reaction after he claimed Pakistan opener Imam Ul Haq in his second over.
After the innings, Abbott opened up on what the occasion meant to him.
"I'm over the moon, [it's] a bit of a cliche but I've dreamt of it from a long time," an emotional Abbott admitted post-game.
"I lost belief there for a while but it's good to run out there with my mates tonight and get the series win against the world's best T20 team.
"Like I said I've played a lot of cricket with and against a lot of the guys in the squad.
"I was just hoping and praying one of the easiest catches you're ever going to get was going to stay in Benny (McDermott)'s hands, and it did hands.
Smith 'better' under captaincy pressure
He's enjoying his cricket but Steve Smith doesn't believe being freed from the pressures of captaining Australia has elevated his performance. "I actually think I play better with pressure, that extra pressure when the team needs something more and things like that" Smith said in Perth ahead of Friday's third and final T20 against Pakistan at Optus Stadium."My record probably is better when I'm captain than when I'm not. That sort of pressure doesn't really bother me."But I'm not thinking about captaincy or anything at this point in time. I'm really comfortable where I'm at and I'm enjoying what I'm doing.
"I was obviously over the moon."
Some great stuff here from Sean Abbott as he reflects on his impressive return to the Aussie side.— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) |
Whilst it was a dream return for Abbott in Perth, he was unfortunately on the end of some
The UK caller, thought to be Simon Hughes, made a remark prior to the match about Abbott being most renowned for bowling the ball that killed batsman Phil Hughes in 2015.
Tony Abbott dons a turban and goes barefoot as he enjoys a traditional vegetarian meal at Amritsar's Sikh Golden Temple in India .
Former Prime Minister Tony Abbott attended the holiest site in Sikhism, the Golden Temple in Punjab, India, as part of celebrations for the 550th birthday of the religion's founder, Guru Nanak Dev.Wearing a bright orange turban, Mr Abbott was seen barefoot at the Golden Temple in Punjab, India, as he joined a large group of men to pray.