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)

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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  • James 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.

  • Terry 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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...

  • Dummy4 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.

  • richard 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.

  • richard 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.

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

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

  • Peter 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.

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