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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  • xtrafalgarx on July 31, 2014, 0:47 GMT

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

  • hyclass 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.

  • onlinegamer55 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.

  • hyclass 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.

  • hyclass 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

  • Barnesy4444 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.

  • Niju_001 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!!

  • on July 30, 2014, 4:12 GMT

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

  • 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

  • dunger.bob 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.

  • xtrafalgarx on July 31, 2014, 0:47 GMT

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

  • hyclass 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.

  • onlinegamer55 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.

  • hyclass 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.

  • hyclass 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

  • Barnesy4444 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.

  • Niju_001 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!!

  • on July 30, 2014, 4:12 GMT

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

  • 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

  • dunger.bob 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.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on July 29, 2014, 20:56 GMT

    Phil Hughes. Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Australia need to move on with this international flop.

  • social_monster09 on July 29, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    Select Hughes for upcoming triangular ODI series vs, Zim & SA. As Warner is unavailable for the series

  • on July 29, 2014, 15:11 GMT

    Phil Hughes IS Australia's best young batsman... No matter how you slice it... Anyone who's seen him bat in FC cricket or remembers his first couple of tests knows this... The terrible (almost English) treatment of him due to his unorthadox technique has wrecked his confidence... He must be given the opening slot, Warner or Rogers could surely bat 3, and told we know you can do it, this spot is yours. I am certain he wouldn't disappoint if showed that confidence... Even think about how he was bought back into the side... Protected from SA by lesser batsman? A bowling attack he had dismantled on their own turf and now he wasn't even allowed to face them? Come on Lehman send this kid the right message and get him back where he belongs!!

  • Bongz18 on July 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Its so funny how things work in SA, Kuhn gave-up his groves for his franchise and he was selected as a batsman but yet he is given the gloves whereas Mosehle was selected as a keeper and he has been keeping for the past season for the Titans but he is not being played , how come

  • hyclass on July 29, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    I continue to read the idea that Hughes needed to change his game after being 'found out' in '09. Yet he wasn't dismissed that way in Tests and he developed a sudden inability to play swing. One doesnt score 1637 runs on 3 continents in 11 games, including Shield Final hundreds, twin Test hundreds, almost 600 runs in 3 games for Middlesex et al, if one can't play swing, bounce and all in between. It can't have passed unnoticed, that his game in both the Lions game and Ashes, were significantly different to that which he employed successfully against the vastly superior SA attack. He was front on, a different grip, no movement to leg. How was he going to late adjust? No player has ever been attacked or told to change his entire game at Test level. His treatment's been shameful.Far from needing to work at it, he simply needed to return to his original game and forget the idea that technique held any answers. The game described in this article is his original method - ergo the results.

  • hyclass on July 29, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Regardless of appearances and judging by descriptions of his stroke-play, this is the first time Hughes has played his own game, since Middlesex 2009, immediately before joining the Ashes squad. It was there, that DeCosta said he was 'forced to prepare and play in a style that wasn't suited to him.' It led to the media and public bullying that I named then as misled. This is the style, that I unhesitatingly labelled, better than anyone I'd seen, when he was playing Shield in 08/09 for NSW. It's also the style he employed to such astounding effect against SA 09. I believe that the death in his family, has released him from the idea that he should attempt to be anyone but himself. Despite perceptions, his original game, which saw him score 1637 runs at 96 in 11 games, was vastly superior to any that a textbook could name. The back foot to leg, quick hands and feet and flat-bat tennis strokes to short balls, offered answers to swing, bounce, pace, seam and spin. My best wishes to him.

  • siddhartha87 on July 29, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I am pretty sure Hughes will eventually burst into the national team at an older age. just like Hayden ,Langer and Martyn did.

    All them failed repeatedly in their early careers but ended their careers as legend. Hughes just need to keep on working tirelessly . Within 2 years he will a complete batsman

  • Sir_Ivor on July 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It is just that Phil doesn't have the luck of Warner. He should be a permanent fixture in the Australian team till he gets the consistency. He is very good.

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    South Africa A tried their level best but Hughes still won by 1 run

  • Barnesy4444 on July 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Throughout his entire career Hughes has never had an extended run of poor form. Everyone has a few low scores but Hughes is just as likely to come out and score a century the next game. It's just with his unorthodox style when he makes a low score it looks terrible and people think that he's useless, which he of course isn't. Open with him in both formats and just leave him there. He did top score in the warm up game prior to the recent S.A. tour on a wet pitch......

  • on July 29, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    He should be given long rope till 2015 world cup

  • xtrafalgarx on July 29, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Phillip Hughes - Youngest batsman ever to score a century in each innings of a test match, first Australian player to score an ODI hundred on debut, now the first Australian player to score a List A double hundred.

    I think the time maybe right now to bring him in. He is still only 25 but he has gone through more up and downs than some people go through in their careers. He might just have the toughness to deal with it better at international level now.

  • on July 29, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hughes on doubt you have the talent and the shot range to match , but seriously start showing some consistency as you've been on the scene for a while now too and show glimpses like this , then you get into the Aussie team and fail!

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  • on July 29, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    Hughes on doubt you have the talent and the shot range to match , but seriously start showing some consistency as you've been on the scene for a while now too and show glimpses like this , then you get into the Aussie team and fail!

  • xtrafalgarx on July 29, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Phillip Hughes - Youngest batsman ever to score a century in each innings of a test match, first Australian player to score an ODI hundred on debut, now the first Australian player to score a List A double hundred.

    I think the time maybe right now to bring him in. He is still only 25 but he has gone through more up and downs than some people go through in their careers. He might just have the toughness to deal with it better at international level now.

  • on July 29, 2014, 9:26 GMT

    He should be given long rope till 2015 world cup

  • Barnesy4444 on July 29, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    Throughout his entire career Hughes has never had an extended run of poor form. Everyone has a few low scores but Hughes is just as likely to come out and score a century the next game. It's just with his unorthodox style when he makes a low score it looks terrible and people think that he's useless, which he of course isn't. Open with him in both formats and just leave him there. He did top score in the warm up game prior to the recent S.A. tour on a wet pitch......

  • on July 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    South Africa A tried their level best but Hughes still won by 1 run

  • Sir_Ivor on July 29, 2014, 10:33 GMT

    It is just that Phil doesn't have the luck of Warner. He should be a permanent fixture in the Australian team till he gets the consistency. He is very good.

  • siddhartha87 on July 29, 2014, 11:17 GMT

    I am pretty sure Hughes will eventually burst into the national team at an older age. just like Hayden ,Langer and Martyn did.

    All them failed repeatedly in their early careers but ended their careers as legend. Hughes just need to keep on working tirelessly . Within 2 years he will a complete batsman

  • hyclass on July 29, 2014, 11:33 GMT

    Regardless of appearances and judging by descriptions of his stroke-play, this is the first time Hughes has played his own game, since Middlesex 2009, immediately before joining the Ashes squad. It was there, that DeCosta said he was 'forced to prepare and play in a style that wasn't suited to him.' It led to the media and public bullying that I named then as misled. This is the style, that I unhesitatingly labelled, better than anyone I'd seen, when he was playing Shield in 08/09 for NSW. It's also the style he employed to such astounding effect against SA 09. I believe that the death in his family, has released him from the idea that he should attempt to be anyone but himself. Despite perceptions, his original game, which saw him score 1637 runs at 96 in 11 games, was vastly superior to any that a textbook could name. The back foot to leg, quick hands and feet and flat-bat tennis strokes to short balls, offered answers to swing, bounce, pace, seam and spin. My best wishes to him.

  • hyclass on July 29, 2014, 11:44 GMT

    I continue to read the idea that Hughes needed to change his game after being 'found out' in '09. Yet he wasn't dismissed that way in Tests and he developed a sudden inability to play swing. One doesnt score 1637 runs on 3 continents in 11 games, including Shield Final hundreds, twin Test hundreds, almost 600 runs in 3 games for Middlesex et al, if one can't play swing, bounce and all in between. It can't have passed unnoticed, that his game in both the Lions game and Ashes, were significantly different to that which he employed successfully against the vastly superior SA attack. He was front on, a different grip, no movement to leg. How was he going to late adjust? No player has ever been attacked or told to change his entire game at Test level. His treatment's been shameful.Far from needing to work at it, he simply needed to return to his original game and forget the idea that technique held any answers. The game described in this article is his original method - ergo the results.

  • Bongz18 on July 29, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    Its so funny how things work in SA, Kuhn gave-up his groves for his franchise and he was selected as a batsman but yet he is given the gloves whereas Mosehle was selected as a keeper and he has been keeping for the past season for the Titans but he is not being played , how come