'Utterly disgraceful': Commentator under fire for 'tasteless' Sean Abbott comment

Riley Morgan
Sports Reporter

BT Sport commentator Simon Hughes has come under criticism for a “tasteless” comment regarding the international return of Sean Abbott.

Abbott returned for the Aussies in their clash against Pakistan for the first time in five years and said he was “buzzing” after taking two wickets in the T20 match.

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The Sydney Sixers gun was the second-highest wicket-taker in the BBL08 and was coming off a stellar season, which earned him the recall.

But English commentator Hughes, on BT Sport, introduced the powerful fast-bowler to the viewers as the man most-known for bowling the ball that killed Phillip Hughes.

Sean Abbott took his place in Australia's T20 side for their resounding series win over Pakistan on Friday night. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

“A rare opportunity for Sean Abbott to play, the man who is most famous probably for having the terrible misfortune of bowling the ball that killed Phillip Hughes in the middle,” Hughes said on coverage.

Viewers on social media were furious with the introduction and labelled the comments “tasteless”.

Abbott was praised for his impressive comeback, which he earned through his impressive BBL form.

The 27-year-old’s last T20 for Australia was back in 2014 against South Africa.

Commentator Hughes was a fast-bowler and played 205 first-class matches in England.