Following consultation with the players and the Australian Cricketers' Association (ACA), Cricket Australia advised this morning that the Victoria v Western Australia match at the MCG and the Queensland v Tasmania match at Allan Border Field have been abandoned. This follows yesterday's abandonment of the New South Wales v South Australia at the SCG match in which South Australian batsman Phillip Hughes was seriously injured.
ACA Chief Executive Alistair Nicholson said:
"The ACA supports Cricket Australia's decision to abandon the remaining matches in this round of the Sheffield Shield.
"We note that the advice of experts and the thoughts of the players were given strong consideration in this decision.
"We agree that given the unique and very serious nature of this situation, players and officials are best placed surrounded by family and friends, supporting one another and sending their best wishes Phillip's way.
"The ACA is continuing to provide counselling support for players and their families, and extends this support to any former players who may be affected by the events in Sydney."