SA v WA, Sheffield Shield, Adelaide, 3rd day November 15, 2013

Hughes cruises to maiden double-ton

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South Australia 4 for 520 (Hughes 204, Klinger 125, Head 98, Duffield 3-114) lead Western Australia 434 by 86 runs

If Phillip Hughes was told by the national selectors to go away and score runs, he could hardly have responded in a stronger fashion. On the third day of South Australia's Sheffield match against Western Australia at Adelaide Oval, Hughes scored his maiden first-class double-century and it took a run-out to end his mammoth innings as the Redbacks took control and first-innings points in a match probably destined to be a draw.

Hughes and Michael Klinger put on 253 for the opening wicket in a high-scoring contest on the Adelaide drop-in pitch, which first-day centurion Marcus North described as having "not a lot of life and bounce". Klinger scored his 16th first-class hundred and was eventually the first man dismissed for 125 when he edged onto his pads and the ball looped back up for a return catch to the bowler Ryan Duffield.

But Hughes just batted on and on, turning his 22nd first-class hundred into his first double-century, bettering his previous highest score of 198. He reached the milestone from his 391st delivery with a classy drive between mid-on and midwicket from the bowling of Ashton Agar, but in Agar's next over the 533-minute innings ended when Hughes cut, tried for a second run and was beaten by a strong throw from Nathan Coulter-Nile.

If Hughes can add more big runs to his 204, he will ensure that the selectors consider his name if a batting position becomes available during the Ashes, after he was dropped following the first two Tests of the Ashes in England this year. He struck 26 fours in his innings and was ably assisted by the teenage No.3 Travis Head, who for the second consecutive match fell in the 90s and missed the chance for his maiden hundred.

Head was caught behind for 98 off the bowling of Duffield, who picked up his third wicket when he had Trent Lawford caught for a brisk 25. But by then South Australia had comfortably taken first-innings points and at stumps they had moved along to 4 for 520, with Tom Cooper on 33, Tim Ludeman on 12, and the advantage having moved along to 86 runs.

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  • Tim on November 18, 2013, 5:05 GMT

    What a waste of time that was. Over 1000 runs scored...what does that prove. Absolutely nothing but does make one wonder what the groundsman was thinking.

  • Mashuq on November 18, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    @dunger.bob on (November 17, 2013, 0:13 GMT), Swann toured SA in 1999 but did not make his debut until 5 years ago. The press have a habit of exaggerating half-truths.

  • rob on November 17, 2013, 0:13 GMT

    @ xtrafalgarx : They didn't just drop Martyn, the buried him in a shallow grave for 5 or 6 years. All because of one silly shot against South Africa. I agree with you about it not being the end of the line for Hughes simply because he's been in and out a few times. .. I'm not sure if this is true, but I read a comment somewhere that the long established biggest turner of the ball himself (Swann) was out of the England side for nearly 8 years before he was recalled. It doesn't sound right, but if it's true, it goes to show that Hughes has plenty of time to re-stake a claim. .. One things for sure, hitting double tons can't hurt.

  • Paul on November 16, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Use your imagination, Nick Tyler. What do you think it means?

  • Don on November 16, 2013, 6:41 GMT

    Big runs to Phil Hughes...clearly no bounce, swing or spin when he was batting.

    The usual Hughes script seems to be working: mostly looked like a rabbit in the headlights in his most recent go at Test cricket, comes back to domestic cricket and piles up the runs on flat wickets against lesser bowlers, his loyal cheer squad starts up again....

  • Guy on November 16, 2013, 2:42 GMT

    Selfishly, disappointed to hear the 'not a lot of life' comment from North. I'm going to day 1 of the Adelaide Test and a bit worried that England will win the toss and be 1-180 at stumps (Cook 75*, Carberry 35, Trott 70*). I'll pack a book.

  • Sean on November 16, 2013, 0:26 GMT

    This is fantastic news. Cant wait to watch him in the ashes, i could do with a good laugh.

  • Dummy4 on November 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    What's a "cricket tragic" ?

  • James on November 15, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    What's wrong with the commenters on here?? Do you not know your history as a cricket tragic should? Langer got dropped 4 times before finally cementing a spot in the Australian line up, Ponting dot dropped three times, Hayden a few, Martyn got dropped, Clarke got dropped. It's very rare someone makes it in test cricket in one go!

  • Jake on November 15, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    I dont understand why Aus selectors keep using the same tried and failed players. some are specialists at certain formats - Warner. Test Team should be based on form and experience. Chris Rogers should open with Klinger, Clarke at 3, Burns or Doolan at 4, Bailey at 5, Smith at 6, Haddin at 7, Faulkner at 8. Harris at 9, Siddle 10 and Lyon and Johnson battling for the last spot depending on the wicket. Mix of Youth, form and experience. Watson, Warner, Khawaja, Starc are all ODI players

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