English commentator Simon Hughes is copping heavy criticism after his inappropriate remark for Sean Abbott during the BT Sports coverage of Friday's T20 International between Australia and Pakistan.

Abbott was selected to represent Australia for the first time since 2014 after a stellar couple of seasons in the BBL — he was the second-highest wicket taker during BBL08.

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However, Hughes decided to introduce Abbott to England viewers by referencing the Phillip Hughes tragedy, which rocked Australian cricket nearly five years ago.

"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 during the live coverage.

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Viewers were quick to criticise Hughes, calling his remarks "deplorable" and "atrocious".

Simon Hughes is a 59-year-old cricket commentator who played 205 First Class matches, claiming 466 wickets.

Abbott claimed career-best figures in his international return, removing the dangerous Imam-ul-Haq and middle-order batsman Imad Wasim.

The 27-year-old has taken 91 T20 wickets, at a healthy average of 22.90.