Sydney Sixers’ Sean Abbott doesn’t mind missing games for his first child

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Sydney Sixers’ Sean Abbott doesn’t mind missing games for his first child

Sydney Sixers’ Sean Abbott doesn’t mind missing games for his first child
After the birth of his baby, allrounder Sean Abbott heads back to the Sydney Sixers line-up on Tuesday, just three wickets short of becoming the KFC BBL's all-time leading wicket-taker.

Sean Abbott's appearances for his homeland have been few and far between as a new father. The Aussie allrounder has just welcomed his first child with partner Brier and is just three wickets away from passing Ben Laughlin as the KFC BBL's all-time highest wicket-taker.

Abbott has only played two ODIs and seven T20Is for Australia. The last of which was in December 2020, has only participated in two home matches for the Sydney Sixers in BBL|11. This is so that he could be with Brier for the birth of their daughter Ella on Monday.

The 29-year-old allrounder was also named to Australia's A team for a tour match against the England Lions earlier this month, which he was pleased to miss due to the upcoming birth of his first child.

Despite the fact that his last appearance for the A side was almost a year ago against a touring Indian team, he stated it never occurred to him to miss his daughter's birth.

Abbott told that while playing Test cricket is a goal, as it aims to reach higher and be more connected with the Australian team, the birth of one's child is a very significant event to witness. He stated that Brier has always put him as her priority for the past years, and he didn’t think missing the delivery was the option at all. He commented that he felt skipping a game and coming home to be with her in the weeks leading up to the birth of their first kid was a minor gesture on his part.

Ella was born on December 13 at 7.04 p.m., and Abbott said it had been an incredible first week. Abbott said that baby Ella has been an absolute doll the entire week, so it has been wonderful to interact with her and observe her and Brier grow closer.

Abbott played against the Adelaide Strikers at the SCG on Tuesday after missing the Sixers' thrilling chase against the Melbourne Stars last Wednesday, in which Josh Philippe excelled with 99 not out.

The right-hander is aiming for his own personal milestone: he has 109 BBL career wickets and only needs three more to pass Laughlin, who has 111.

The approaching milestones were "pretty cool," Abbott acknowledged, but he still had a lot of cricket left in him as he is not even 30.