Sean Abbott returned the best bowling figures by an Australian in Big Bash history, but it was not enough to prevent Sydney Sixers sliding to a 48-run defeat against Adelaide Strikers. Abbott, who bowled the ball that led to the death of Phillip Hughes in 2014, took 5-16 as the hosts posted 152-9.
The 24-year-old paceman’s haul bettered Nathan Lyon’s 5-23 in 2015. However, the Sixers were subsequently bowled out for 104 – England’s Sam Billings top-scoring with 40. Abbott’s figures are second on the Bash’s all-time list, behind Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga’s 6-7 for Melbourne Stars in 2012.
Big Bash – Australia’s Twenty20 franchise competition – is in its sixth year. Other English representatives include Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy and Kevin Pietersen.(BBC,2016)