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
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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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  • titusmagnificus 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.

  • Beertjie 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.

  • dunger.bob 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.

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

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

  • HowdyRowdy 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....

  • Moppa 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.

  • RednWhiteArmy 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.

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    What's a "cricket tragic" ?

  • xtrafalgarx 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!

  • jakeyboy91 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

  • titusmagnificus 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.

  • Beertjie 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.

  • dunger.bob 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.

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

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

  • HowdyRowdy 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....

  • Moppa 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.

  • RednWhiteArmy 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.

  • on November 15, 2013, 21:00 GMT

    What's a "cricket tragic" ?

  • xtrafalgarx 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!

  • jakeyboy91 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

  • Beertjie on November 15, 2013, 13:20 GMT

    @Mitty2 and @Barnesy4444 on (November 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT) while it's true that Hughes got 80 plus batting at #6 he generally struggles against spin so opener or #3 is OK for him. Ditto Warner. My problem with both Hughes and Warner is the risk one takes, but I guess high risk, high reward. If Bailey doesn't make it after a couple of shots and Watto either breaks down or can't bowl or doesn't get runs, a different line-up could be tried: Rogers, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Doolan, Smith. Haddin is a back-up captain until someone else puts up their hand. It would be better to sort this out and give Paine a go if his batting keeps improving. But best of all would be if Pattinson and Bird can play a test or two in a live rubber. That will surely be good to see.

  • DylanBrah on November 15, 2013, 11:15 GMT

    I'm a massive Hughes fan, but he didn't score as many runs as he would have liked in his return to the Test team... not even against Sri Lanka's medium pacers, which was disappointing. He knows he has to score runs to get back in the team and a double century will surely make him the next batsmen in line.

  • Barnesy4444 on November 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Mitty2, I agree Warner should be at 6. Hughes opening. We finally have some good young batsmen coming through, Hughes. Silk, Maddinson, Smith, Warner. That should make a good top 6 in a few years if they are managed properly.

    He was stuffed around as a 20 year old in 2009 but is finally sorting his game out. I look forward to a 1000 run Shield season averaging 65 if he doesn't play tests.

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - you can hardly call Hughes 'the future'... he's been dropped from the test team at least twice already

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Sure it was a pretty flat wicket, but unlike many of the other shield players out there scoring a century and getting out straight away after, he at least pushed through the mental block and went on to post a big score. More players in the competition need to get that hunger back into their games. Even though this will probably be a draw (although WA batting is frail at times so who knows) Hughes can certainly take a lot from this game.

  • smudgeon on November 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is just getting ridiculous - did anyone tell Phil Hughes that we don't need a home-grown Graeme Hick?

  • jonesy2 on November 15, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    future is so bright for Australia. don't forget your shades! bastmen like silk, maddinson, hughes, smith, wade, paine, nevill, lynn, head, burns, m marsh, Faulkner are only going to get better and better and better

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Agreed with Mitty2 here. Warner, Bailey and Faulkner's 50 over form has them in the side at the expense of our best young batsmen by a country mile Phil Hughes and other outstanding FIRST CLASS bats like Alex Doolan, Mark Cosgrove & the apparently in form Marcus North.

    At least they finally put Chris Rogers in the side, and I'm on team Haddin myself, but hey, at least if we do lose 0-5 James Sutherland won't have to worry about his job, plus, it must take the pressure of all these Shield batsmen to not have to worry about getting runs, since the team was picked a while back anyway and there's not much evidence that Shield form has much to do with being picked for the Test team.

    Phil Hughes should never have been dropped in the first place.

  • Barnesy4444 on November 15, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Ponting, S. Waugh, Taylor, Chappelli, Slater all say Hughes is clearly Australia's best young batsman. Warner made a quick 50 and nothing, Maddinson a couple of quick 1/2 centuries yet Hughes grafts a double century. He is a real test batsman.

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    team for 2017: Warner maddo Hughes Clarke smith Lynn/handscomb wade cummins/pattinson starc siddle/hazlewood

  • Mitty2 on November 15, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Hughes again proving why he's our best young batsman by a few thousand miles. Was the highest run scorer in the Ashes tour after the second test despite being moved from position to position and he still got dropped. Hughes has proven he's up to test level with 3 test centuries and unlike Khawaja, usually converts his fifties at test and FC level. The most disappointing thing about our squad is how we're supposedly rebuilding but we have an older squad than England. How Watson is better than or will offer more than any of Khawaja, Hughes, Lynn, Silk or Maddo as a batter I'll never know, and likewise with Haddin to Handscomb, Neville, Paine and Hartley (intentioonally didn't include Wade). Hughes has to be in the side and has to open - Warner 's better at 6.

  • on November 15, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    he is the future hope selectors stick with him

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  • on November 15, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    he is the future hope selectors stick with him

  • Mitty2 on November 15, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    Hughes again proving why he's our best young batsman by a few thousand miles. Was the highest run scorer in the Ashes tour after the second test despite being moved from position to position and he still got dropped. Hughes has proven he's up to test level with 3 test centuries and unlike Khawaja, usually converts his fifties at test and FC level. The most disappointing thing about our squad is how we're supposedly rebuilding but we have an older squad than England. How Watson is better than or will offer more than any of Khawaja, Hughes, Lynn, Silk or Maddo as a batter I'll never know, and likewise with Haddin to Handscomb, Neville, Paine and Hartley (intentioonally didn't include Wade). Hughes has to be in the side and has to open - Warner 's better at 6.

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:00 GMT

    team for 2017: Warner maddo Hughes Clarke smith Lynn/handscomb wade cummins/pattinson starc siddle/hazlewood

  • Barnesy4444 on November 15, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    Ponting, S. Waugh, Taylor, Chappelli, Slater all say Hughes is clearly Australia's best young batsman. Warner made a quick 50 and nothing, Maddinson a couple of quick 1/2 centuries yet Hughes grafts a double century. He is a real test batsman.

  • on November 15, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    Agreed with Mitty2 here. Warner, Bailey and Faulkner's 50 over form has them in the side at the expense of our best young batsmen by a country mile Phil Hughes and other outstanding FIRST CLASS bats like Alex Doolan, Mark Cosgrove & the apparently in form Marcus North.

    At least they finally put Chris Rogers in the side, and I'm on team Haddin myself, but hey, at least if we do lose 0-5 James Sutherland won't have to worry about his job, plus, it must take the pressure of all these Shield batsmen to not have to worry about getting runs, since the team was picked a while back anyway and there's not much evidence that Shield form has much to do with being picked for the Test team.

    Phil Hughes should never have been dropped in the first place.

  • jonesy2 on November 15, 2013, 9:58 GMT

    future is so bright for Australia. don't forget your shades! bastmen like silk, maddinson, hughes, smith, wade, paine, nevill, lynn, head, burns, m marsh, Faulkner are only going to get better and better and better

  • smudgeon on November 15, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    This is just getting ridiculous - did anyone tell Phil Hughes that we don't need a home-grown Graeme Hick?

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    Sure it was a pretty flat wicket, but unlike many of the other shield players out there scoring a century and getting out straight away after, he at least pushed through the mental block and went on to post a big score. More players in the competition need to get that hunger back into their games. Even though this will probably be a draw (although WA batting is frail at times so who knows) Hughes can certainly take a lot from this game.

  • on November 15, 2013, 10:37 GMT

    @Jonesy2 - you can hardly call Hughes 'the future'... he's been dropped from the test team at least twice already

  • Barnesy4444 on November 15, 2013, 10:50 GMT

    Mitty2, I agree Warner should be at 6. Hughes opening. We finally have some good young batsmen coming through, Hughes. Silk, Maddinson, Smith, Warner. That should make a good top 6 in a few years if they are managed properly.

    He was stuffed around as a 20 year old in 2009 but is finally sorting his game out. I look forward to a 1000 run Shield season averaging 65 if he doesn't play tests.