Australia A v SA A, 2nd unofficial Test, Townsville, 4th day August 17, 2014

Hughes scores 243 in drawn game

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South Africa A 333 (Behardien 107, Ontong 86, Bavuma 55, Sandhu 4-89) drew with Australia A 3 for 454 dec (Hughes 243*, Ferguson 82, Cooper 57)
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With an unbeaten 243, Phillip Hughes dominated proceedings once again as the second four-day game between Australia A and South Africa A ended in a draw. The double-century capped off a remarkable run of recent form for Hughes that included a first-class century against India A and a record one-day double-hundred.

With a day lost to rain, a draw looked the most probable outcome when play resumed on the fourth day. Hughes began on a solid 71, with Australia A on 2 for 180, and he went on to stitch another mammoth partnership, this time with Callum Ferguson for the third wicket. The pair added 182 in almost 55 overs and Ferguson had reached 82 before he was run out by David Wiese.

Hughes, however, remained unaffected, steadily progressing through his innings. He was part of another century stand - an unbeaten 121 with Matthew Wade for the fourth wicket - while making his way to a 26th first-class hundred that lifted Australia A to a mammoth score. Hughes' 243 came off 440 balls and included 26 fours and a six.

The draw ensured that South Africa A took the series after their eight-wicket win in the first unofficial Test last week.

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  • xtrafalgarx on August 19, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @Bill_Murray: I think ideally Sam Whiteman could use another 2/3 seasons. He has done very well but i don't think he is anywhere near ready test cricket. The same goes for M.Marsh, i think we push in kids too early. If Marsh had a record similar to that of Ben Stokes in FC cricket then yes, but he only averages 28. Needs work.

    I think the selectors hoped that Wade would improve his keeping drastically and come back stronger. That would have been Ideal, he already had 2 centuries and averaged over 40 before the India tour. They were looking at him to be a leader, indicated by the fact that he is now captain of Victoria. He has a bit of mongrel, and at 26 with lots of experience, a few centuries as well he was going to be a perfect long term option. His loss of form couldn't have come at a worse time and it has opened the door for others.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on August 18, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    I'm happy with Warner opening thanks. My impression is that he is learning and improving and my point generally was about players developing their game with experience. An average of 26? Thats roughly also the possession of Alistair Cook in every one of the 2006/7 , 2009, 2013 & 2013/4 Ashes series. One freak series hides a multitude of sins.

  • on August 18, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Will the Australian selectors please act promptly and bring Sam Whiteman in as the wicket keeper elect. he is at the perfect age to provide Australia with a long term option. he shows every indication of being a strong leader as well...cast in the Rod Marsh, Brad Haddon mould with a hint of Adam Gilchrist.

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Another great innings, but it will actually do little to help his cause, the game was headed for a draw, so there was very little pressure, and everyone has been saying the pitches for these A games are flat and batter friendly. The critics will always point this out i'm sure.

  • on August 18, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @RU4REALNick : I like that qualification. "Australian/South African conditions" Yeah, you need to write off runs you make against the Saffas at home. Those lightweight bowlers of theirs make it real easy for you...

  • on August 18, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - 5 nil mate. That's all you need to worry about. Didn't see much lip licking by Anderson and Broad last series where Warner took them apart.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 17, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK with Alex Hales having played 70 first class matches at an average of 36, they/England have to give him a go as they have no other openers that can handle English conditions.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 17, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK You think Broad and Anderson would be LIKING their lips at the prospect of bowling to Warner and Hughes, you must then be of the opinion that they are better bowlers than South Africa A bowlers..... now that is a stretch.

  • PFEL on August 17, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha, you think Steyn, Philander, Morkel et al are "a weak attack"?

  • Chris_P on August 17, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK. Actually, Broad, surprisingly doesn't say too much to batsmen if you ever take note. And Anderson complained to the umpires in Brisbane about what he was copping! After Brisbane, he went went quiet with his mouth, don't know why though??? Where are the Hughes knockers who say he has no technique? He may have had more returns than most others, but he delivers at FC level to deserve selection. When someone starts scoring more runs than him, then I'll also support them over him. @TommytuckerSaffa. Keep watching this space, he'll keep being ignored, just like SOK who is probably even more deserving. I think you guys also have similar issues with some of your selections as well, or not? That is deserving players being continually overlooked.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 19, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    @Bill_Murray: I think ideally Sam Whiteman could use another 2/3 seasons. He has done very well but i don't think he is anywhere near ready test cricket. The same goes for M.Marsh, i think we push in kids too early. If Marsh had a record similar to that of Ben Stokes in FC cricket then yes, but he only averages 28. Needs work.

    I think the selectors hoped that Wade would improve his keeping drastically and come back stronger. That would have been Ideal, he already had 2 centuries and averaged over 40 before the India tour. They were looking at him to be a leader, indicated by the fact that he is now captain of Victoria. He has a bit of mongrel, and at 26 with lots of experience, a few centuries as well he was going to be a perfect long term option. His loss of form couldn't have come at a worse time and it has opened the door for others.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on August 18, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    I'm happy with Warner opening thanks. My impression is that he is learning and improving and my point generally was about players developing their game with experience. An average of 26? Thats roughly also the possession of Alistair Cook in every one of the 2006/7 , 2009, 2013 & 2013/4 Ashes series. One freak series hides a multitude of sins.

  • on August 18, 2014, 15:45 GMT

    Will the Australian selectors please act promptly and bring Sam Whiteman in as the wicket keeper elect. he is at the perfect age to provide Australia with a long term option. he shows every indication of being a strong leader as well...cast in the Rod Marsh, Brad Haddon mould with a hint of Adam Gilchrist.

  • on August 18, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Another great innings, but it will actually do little to help his cause, the game was headed for a draw, so there was very little pressure, and everyone has been saying the pitches for these A games are flat and batter friendly. The critics will always point this out i'm sure.

  • on August 18, 2014, 4:54 GMT

    @RU4REALNick : I like that qualification. "Australian/South African conditions" Yeah, you need to write off runs you make against the Saffas at home. Those lightweight bowlers of theirs make it real easy for you...

  • on August 18, 2014, 1:25 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK - 5 nil mate. That's all you need to worry about. Didn't see much lip licking by Anderson and Broad last series where Warner took them apart.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 17, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK with Alex Hales having played 70 first class matches at an average of 36, they/England have to give him a go as they have no other openers that can handle English conditions.

  • rickyvoncanterbury on August 17, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK You think Broad and Anderson would be LIKING their lips at the prospect of bowling to Warner and Hughes, you must then be of the opinion that they are better bowlers than South Africa A bowlers..... now that is a stretch.

  • PFEL on August 17, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    @TheBigBoodha, you think Steyn, Philander, Morkel et al are "a weak attack"?

  • Chris_P on August 17, 2014, 19:49 GMT

    @ R_U_4_REAL_NICK. Actually, Broad, surprisingly doesn't say too much to batsmen if you ever take note. And Anderson complained to the umpires in Brisbane about what he was copping! After Brisbane, he went went quiet with his mouth, don't know why though??? Where are the Hughes knockers who say he has no technique? He may have had more returns than most others, but he delivers at FC level to deserve selection. When someone starts scoring more runs than him, then I'll also support them over him. @TommytuckerSaffa. Keep watching this space, he'll keep being ignored, just like SOK who is probably even more deserving. I think you guys also have similar issues with some of your selections as well, or not? That is deserving players being continually overlooked.

  • Barnesy4444 on August 17, 2014, 16:10 GMT

    What else can the guy be doing? This A series he's scored nearly 800 runs at an average of about 100! Doolan isn't a test prospect. Hughes to open with Rogers or Warner at 3. Scuderi, it's spelt "flaw", not "floor".

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 17, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    @Peterincanada (post on August 17, 2014, 14:40 GMT): Well I did write "liking" as opposed to "licking" - and Broad and Anderson are renowned 'chirpers' in the field and on their follow-throughs bowling...

    @Behind_the_bowlers_arm (post on August 17, 2014, 14:56 GMT): If an average of 26 is acceptable to you (= Warner's average outside of Australian/South African conditions) and you're happy with him opening over here in U.K. despite being inept at playing against the moving ball, so be it. Forgive me if I continue to have doubts, and I'm just as concerned with all the cries for the likes of Hales to come in for England.

  • gimme-a-greentop on August 17, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    @swauzzie..seeing as how you are going for inflammatory statements, I'd have to counter by saying Hughes is perfect for Australia as they are the original chokers of Test cricket, although admittedly perfected by the South Africans in the ODI format. But that's rubbish anyway, Hughes ain't a choker, I think you are going to see him become a staple in the team, as predicted by Clarke. Even I (in the opposition ranks) would like to see him fulfil his vast potential, he's great to watch when on top.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on August 17, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    There is a history of Australian batsmen coming in and doing ok and then having to go away and work on flaws. Hopefully Hughes can follow the example of Langer, Hayden & Martyn all of whom went on to fine careers having been written off at 25. Warner as well we were told would never be a Test player (on this thread STILL) and has adapted and improved his game.

  • swauzzie on August 17, 2014, 14:44 GMT

    Hughes world be à great prospect for the SA cricket team. Looks great when it doesn't really matter. But when it does, he CHOKES! I think it would be à grave mistake to bring him back into the test side now. Having said that, if they do give him à chance, I REALLY hope he proves me wrong!!

  • Peterincanada on August 17, 2014, 14:40 GMT

    @R_U_4_REAL_NICK Broad and Anderson looked not too great last winter or against SL. I wouldn't read too much into their success against this spineless Indian outfit.

  • xtrafalgarx on August 17, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    @Zomac: I know! Mickey Arthur messed it up last time by dropping Hughes and Khawaja in the NZ series when the next team was going to be India! Poor planning, he could have built up his confidence then.

  • Zomac on August 17, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Don't worry Hughes your gonna hav a breakthrough series of ur career against d Indians....

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 17, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Philip 'Slash-to-Point' Hughes, opening with 'Switch-Hit-and-Out-Warner'... Every England fan's dream to see those two back opening in tests. Anderson and Broad must be liking their lips.

  • DragonCricketer on August 17, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Another 4 or 5 double tons in quick succession and Hughes may get a chance at test level again. May.

  • Scuderi on August 17, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Doesnt say a lot for the south african bowlers considering hughes supposedly has so many technique floors and is easy to bowl to

  • TheBigBoodha on August 17, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Doesn't look like is was a good cricket wicket. I'm assuming it's the same ground as the first game. There's something in it for the bowlers on day one then it flattens into a batsman's paradise. Pretty much whomever wins the toss and bowls has the only realistic chance of a victory.

    Still, good to see Hughes in the runs again. I can kind of see why they didn't pick him for ZB. What good will it do for him to smash heaps of runs over there against a weak attack?

  • on August 17, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    phil hughes form has been unbelievable considering that he recently lost his grandfather and was knocked back to tour with Australia! hughes is way to good to be out of the australian cricket side!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 17, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @Dylan Young: We did in SA.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 17, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Series win for South Africa in Australia, great result boys. Hope to see Rilee in National colours soon. Will Phil Hughes be making another comeback to Test cricket? You cant keep ignoring someone who keeps scoring double Tons!!

  • onlinegamer55 on August 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Hughes is a champion and he proves it again and again.

  • on August 17, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I hope one day we can praise Hughes for scoring a double ton, steering Australia to victory at Test level.

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  • on August 17, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I hope one day we can praise Hughes for scoring a double ton, steering Australia to victory at Test level.

  • onlinegamer55 on August 17, 2014, 11:07 GMT

    Hughes is a champion and he proves it again and again.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on August 17, 2014, 11:30 GMT

    Series win for South Africa in Australia, great result boys. Hope to see Rilee in National colours soon. Will Phil Hughes be making another comeback to Test cricket? You cant keep ignoring someone who keeps scoring double Tons!!

  • xtrafalgarx on August 17, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    @Dylan Young: We did in SA.

  • on August 17, 2014, 12:01 GMT

    phil hughes form has been unbelievable considering that he recently lost his grandfather and was knocked back to tour with Australia! hughes is way to good to be out of the australian cricket side!

  • TheBigBoodha on August 17, 2014, 12:43 GMT

    Doesn't look like is was a good cricket wicket. I'm assuming it's the same ground as the first game. There's something in it for the bowlers on day one then it flattens into a batsman's paradise. Pretty much whomever wins the toss and bowls has the only realistic chance of a victory.

    Still, good to see Hughes in the runs again. I can kind of see why they didn't pick him for ZB. What good will it do for him to smash heaps of runs over there against a weak attack?

  • Scuderi on August 17, 2014, 13:04 GMT

    Doesnt say a lot for the south african bowlers considering hughes supposedly has so many technique floors and is easy to bowl to

  • DragonCricketer on August 17, 2014, 13:15 GMT

    Another 4 or 5 double tons in quick succession and Hughes may get a chance at test level again. May.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 17, 2014, 13:23 GMT

    Philip 'Slash-to-Point' Hughes, opening with 'Switch-Hit-and-Out-Warner'... Every England fan's dream to see those two back opening in tests. Anderson and Broad must be liking their lips.

  • Zomac on August 17, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    Don't worry Hughes your gonna hav a breakthrough series of ur career against d Indians....