Old-school Hughes shows new skills
Phillip Hughes scored his first Ashes half-century on the second day at Trent Bridge. Writing for All Out Cricket, SB Tang suggests that, in these straitened times for Australian batting, Hughes might be one of the batsmen to stand up if the Ashes are to be wrested from England's grasp:
Into this Age of Batting Austerity steps Phillip Joel Hughes, the one genuine, old school exception to a pernicious modern-day trend. Hughes is 24. He has 21 first-class hundreds spread across four continents and a career average of 44.20. Two of his three Test hundreds were scored in a series win in South Africa against the world's finest pace battery when he became the youngest batsman in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match; the third was scored in the second innings of the final Test of Michael Clarke's debut Test series as captain and clinched the series win by making safe the final match with Australia already 1-0 up. By the age of 22, Hughes had scored his second hundred in a Shield final. In the season just past, despite playing only six Shield games due to his national team duties, Hughes was one of only six batsmen who scored at least two Shield hundreds.