Big Bash: Sean Abbott takes best figures by Australian in competition's history

Only seven bowlers have taken more Big Bash wickets than Sean Abbott's career total of 39
Only seven bowlers have taken more Big Bash wickets than Sean Abbott, who has 39

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.

The other English representatives in this season's tournament are Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Chris Jordan, Eoin Morgan, Kevin Pietersen, Jason Roy, David Willey and Luke Wright.

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