July 30, 2009

Ashes 2009

Has someone been a twit?

Andrew McGlashan

So much for keeping team plans under wraps. Phil Hughes told the world of his omission for the third Test at Edgbaston via Twitter and his manager Neil d’Costa has admitted it may have been jumping the gun a little.

"Disappointed not to be on the field with the lads today," Hughes posted several hours before the Australian team announcement. "Will be supporting the guys, it's a BIG test match 4 us. Thanks 4 all the support!"

D'Costa explained that Hughes sends him his ‘tweets’ then D’Costa passes them onto “the IT guy” who uploads them into Hughes’ page. It’s a case of when’s a twitterer not a twitterer.

"I look after the Twitter for Phillip and we were certainly under the impression [the timing was okay] because of the time change," D'Costa told Sky Sports News.

"I'm in India and I was dealing with all the stuff through Australia. Unfortunately I am probably the fool in this situation."

Asked whether Hughes could be in hot water for revealing team details before the toss D’Costa added. “I’ve spoken to Cricket Australia and they are pretty comfortable with it.”

The twist in this twitter tale could still be come, though. With the delayed start at Edgbaston neither side has needed to name their final XI yet. Who knows how Australia’s plans might chance before play actually starts. Is Hughes in? Is Hughes out? Stay tuned to Twitter to find out.

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