Australia A v South Africa A, Quadrangular A-team one-day series July 29, 2014

Hughes blasts Australian one-day record

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Australia A 4 for 349 (Hughes 202*, Henriques 90) beat South Africa A 201 (Behardien 67, Richardson 4-45) by 148 runs
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Phillip Hughes became the first Australian player to score a List A double-century, a six from the last ball of Australia A's innings blasting him past the previous record set by David Warner. Hughes finished unbeaten on 202 and set up a crushing 148-run victory for Australia A over South Africa A in their quadrangular one-day series match in Darwin.

For 12 years, the now national coach Darren Lehmann held the record for the best one-day score by a male Australian player, for his 191 for Yorkshire against Nottinghamshire in 2001. That record was bettered last summer by Warner, who crunched 197 for New South Wales against Victoria in a Ryobi Cup match at North Sydney Oval. Now, Hughes has lifted the mark again.

He struck 18 fours and six sixes during his 151-ball innings, including several unconventional tennis-style slaps down the ground from slower-ball bouncers, as well as the off-side slashes that are typical of Hughes. His second hundred came from 47 deliveries and remarkably it took him only 18 balls to move from 149 to 202, his double-century coming with a hook for six off Beuran Hendricks.

Hughes walked off with the 15th double-century ever scored in List A cricket, and the first in Australia. He also ensured that he will be firmly in the thoughts of the national selectors when they choose the squad for the upcoming triangular series in Zimbabwe, especially given that Warner will be rested for that trip. Hughes has not played an ODI since last November's tour of India.

He had combined with Moises Henriques (90) for a 220-run partnership that rescued Australia A from a slightly precarious 3 for 46, after Mthokozisi Shezi picked up a pair of early wickets, and their final total was an impressive 4 for 349.

The target was always going to be a major challenge for the South Africans and regular wickets prevented them gaining any real momentum. Farhaan Behardien (67) was the only South African to manage a half-century and Kane Richardson's 4 for 45 ensured Australia A were able to knock over the visitors for 201.

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  • James on July 31, 2014, 0:47 GMT

    Onlinegamer55: His first class average is over 50 if you don't count his test travails.

  • Christopher on July 30, 2014, 9:43 GMT

    Thank you @onlinegamer55. Naturally I recollect and you're undoubtedly correct . At the same time that his List A and 20/20 averages rose, his 1st class average was falling, as you've also noted. Like many, I hold the 1st Class game in higher esteem than the short form game. The cascading order of success must be, Tests, ODI, 1st class, List A, T20, 20/20. In my view, onside play is subsidiary to overall results in Test and 1st Class play - as desirable as it appears to have the complete array of strokes. I can hardly recollect a player, so erroneously vilified for having the temerity to be dominant on one side of the wicket. The great onside players have hardly rated a mention. There has also been a failure of understanding regarding technique and its role. Many players have improved the quality of their existing game, or limited strokes by which they were dismissed. None have been forced to completely change their entire game - nor should they be asked. No-one could make it succeed.

  • Online on July 30, 2014, 7:44 GMT

    Nice to see you again, @hyclass! We used to discuss Hughes a few years ago - I don't know if you remember.

    I am also a big fan of Hughes as you know and I agree with all of your points. But you know one thing I observed over the last few years, I'm not sure if you agree, is that Hughes has developed his leg-side game. Of course, he could always play on the leg-side but now he is able to pull the ball, for instance, something I didn't see in his early career.

    During this transitional phase, he hasn't performed to his initial standard and his first class average has dropped to 45, which I certainly think is disappointing and not to his potential. But his List A game has improved considerably. He has always been an attacking player and had a strike rate of 60 at first class level. But his strike rate and record in List A (back in 2009/10, for instance) wasn't stellar: average 35 and strike rate 72. I believe with his leg-side game he has become a seriously good player in ODI's.

  • Christopher on July 30, 2014, 7:10 GMT

    I felt putting scope Hughes, pre 09 Ashes squad, would hold value. At the time of his dropping, he was a Bradman Medallist, a Steve Waugh Medallist, A Sheffield Shield Player of the Year, the youngest player to make 100 in a Shield Final, the youngest to score 100 in each innings of Test. His record stood at 9 x 100's, 7 x 50's and a 1st class average of 63 & Test of 69. The SA attack that he made the 115 and 160 against, was Steyn, Ntini, Morkel, Kallis and Harris, with over 1100 Test wickets between them. He had just come of a 3 game 500-600 runs at over 100 ave for Middlesex. In 5 years, since first being dropped, he's scored 16 x 1st class 100's and 7 x List A 100's. In my estimation and from the descriptions of his stroke making, I value this beyond all of those, for the method he employed - his own. It is only his adherence to and belief in his own method, that can do justice to his gifts. Let talk of technique die and the grace of observation and understanding rise once more.

  • Christopher on July 30, 2014, 6:54 GMT

    Thank you @dunger.bob. With respect to batting, one only needs an attacking plan, a defensive plan & the stamina, courage & physical ability to execute. Technique, develops a relationship with the bat, but not the ball. To excessively focus there, creates imbalance. Hughes travails began when he joined the Ashes squad in '09. If, as DeCosta stated, he was forced to prepare and play in a manner that wasn't suited to him, then conversations re Hughes begins anew. Its clear his stance, grip & method were changed from the moment he joined the squad, adding weight. Its certain, that there was an attempt to match Eng, type for type & that as Nielsen stated, Watson had been pencilled in originally against Flintoff. Disturbingly, Hughes 2nd Test, 2nd innings 17 in '09, bounced before Strauss, though claimed & given out. What a shock it must have been for Hughes to have his team & the public respond in such a manner. If he played his way, he wouldnt be picked. If he played theirs, he couldnt be

  • Brenton on July 30, 2014, 6:49 GMT

    Hughes still has fast hands, fast feet, a great eye and been excellent through the off side. But what he has improved upon is his pulling and hooking. Bowlers used to avoid any width outside off to bowl at his body which cramped him. But now he can score runs off his body too. He is ready technically and mentally. Just get him on there and leave him there.

  • Nishad on July 30, 2014, 6:48 GMT

    Seems like only a left handed batsman can score hugely for Australia, be it Hayden, Gilchrist, Allan Border, and the double centurions Lehman, Warner and now Hughes are all left handed. Is it just coincidence!!

  • Android on July 30, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    I think Hughes is as same for Australia as rohit sharma is for India. ...

  • Dummy4 on July 30, 2014, 4:02 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa He is by no means a flop. Did you read the article? At international level, coaches take themselves alot more seriously. Mickey Arthur attempted to restrict Hughes's style to make him conform with the more orthodox style that he preferred. If Hughes can get past his troubles, he will be a force to be reckoned with

  • rob on July 30, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    What is it with Hughes and South African bowlers? He seems to just love facing a Saffer. .. Regarding his unorthodoxy. I would have thought that Lehmann, of all people, shouldn't have any problems with unusual techniques. Boofs batting style didn't come out of any coaching manual I've ever seen.

    @ social_monster09: Spot on. I reckon he's already booked his seat but just one more decent innings in this triangular should seal it for him.

    @ hyclass: Haven't seen you for ages! Welcome back.

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