Australia A in England 2012 August 11, 2012

Hughes called up by Australia A

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Phillip Hughes' fine form in county cricket has helped win him a call-up into the Australia A side to side to play England Lions at Edgbaston, following an injury to Peter Forrest.

Hughes, 23, who is in England playing for Worcestershire as their overseas player, scored a century at the same ground this week and became the first Worcestershire opener to carry his bat in a first-class game since 2008. He is leading the club's averages in all formats of the game, with a first-class average of 45.12, a T20 average of 100.50 and a List A average of 97.80.

Kevin Sims, Australia's A rehabilitation manager, said: "Peter Forrest sustained a minor side strain in the match against the England Lions at Old Trafford and with only one match remaining we have decided to send him home to prepare for the upcoming season."

Hughes, who has not played Test cricket since December, missed out on the original selection for the A tour, but has continued to work on his technique after it was exposed at the top level. His century against a strong Warwickshire attack this week was his first in first-class cricket since September.

His call-up is not such good news for Worcestershire. Sitting at the foot of the Division One table, they are already struggling for reliable batsmen and face an uphill battle to avoid relegation. Hughes will miss their Championship match against fellow strugglers Lancashire at New Road, but should be back ahead of the CB40 game against Leicestershire.

The first unofficial Test of the two-match series between Australia A and England Lions ended in a draw. The second begins at Edgbaston on Tuesday.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Micky.Panda on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    What's all this Khawaja obsession. He made 328 runs for the 2011/2012 1st class season at 27.33 which was only marginally better than Hughes. There are plenty of batsmen out performing Khawaja. Forget him till he finds real consistency. Hughes is still a proven failure in my eyes. He also needs a good long period of consistency. Proven long term consistent performers is what Australia needs regardless of age, that are also in current good form. Not players who come in and out of form so often and continually disappoint, with perhaps greater leniency for bowlers to recover their form after injury.

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 14, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy & @VillageBlacksmith - at least AUS are on the improve in Tests - forget that recent 4-0 ODI anomly - it was probably cooked-up in concert with the Saffers to lull your big-headed mob into over-confidence - seems to have worked marvelously, 2-0 to the Saffers, and ENG back to #3 ranking; not where they deserve to be, but after IND give you a towelling in IND later this year, #5 ranking is just round the corner. Ahhhhh, a joy to behold. As for Hughesy, give him time & he'll come good, and don't over-scrutinise his technique. AUS will be feasting on the soft underbelly of ENG come next June. Bring it on!!

  • EddieGilbert on August 14, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @Popcorn Really??? From what I recall he scored 38 or 39 in his first dig and failed at Lords during that game gloved down legside before being given caught off a half volley whilst on 19. Hardly the reason for us losing the Ashes.He deserved more time. But whats done is done and he needs a good 2 seasons plying his trade in first-class. Make no mistake though he WILL be back

  • Meety on August 13, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @leonidov - I think the Paine debut weighs in keeping ability more than just batting ability & the NSP must think he has real abilities that extend beyond just numbers. I do agree that Neville should get some more opportunities, particularly if he maintains the standard he has set so far, (potentially more upside than Wade), however he's not on this leg of the tour! As far as the cupboard being bare, the fact is Oz have plenty of batsmen not currently in the Test team, that are available, with FC averages over 40, & a few with averages around 50 or better! It says more about your perspective IMO! @CoorparooMaverick - as an opener, Watto averages over 40, which is an historical par, but below the likes of Langar & Hayden.

  • Meety on August 13, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Dashgar - with the possible exception of Maddison (although he was selected I think for Zim A tour), ALL of those players suffered a decline AFTER National selection! The CURRENT problem (if Newspaper gossip is anything to go by), is a bit of disenchantment with the coach, the long term problem at NSW has been a tendancy to be constantly looking for the next prodigy, without working on what they already have. On one hand it is great for cricket, they turn over a lot of talent, that can ultimately be picked up by net importers of talent like Tas, SA or even WA. The negative, is that sometimes a bloke like Stuey Clark needs to be stuck with for a while before they bear fruit. I would be more worried about why QLD are producing more Test cricketers at the moment (I believe that will change soon), I think it's more about how the states integrate with the National set up (or vice versa), than pointing a finger at any one state, least of all the one that creates the most talent.

  • leonidov on August 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Good to see Forrest departing - he is really not going to be part of the future of Australian cricket in any format. The problem, in my mind, with Hughes is mental - he has a lot of natural ability, as his record only partially shows - it's the mental game he needs to rekindle (and certainly strengthen). Despite having a substandard domestic season, it would've been good to have seen Maddinson on the tour - another gifted player. At least Burns made the cut - deservedly so. It would be good to see Nevill get a game on Tuesday - he's had a difficult road to get this far (whereas Paine, apart from injury difficulties, has had a difficult road to get beyond 1 (one) first-class century - those calling for his selection must be from abroad - he's an ODI player at best). Bailey, by the way, didn't look too comfortable against Finn in the recent thumping. The cupboard, currently, is very bare.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @straight_drive4 (post on August 13 2012, 00:02 AM GMT): well congrats, you got your wish and your post is there for all to see. Don't tar us all with the same brush... I'm just as irked with some of the regular 'pommy' posters as I am with certain Aussie trolls that continuously post the same digs (sometimes word-for-word) on every England thread. As you should have guessed from my name, and indeed regular posts, I wouldn't take too much I write to heart. Smile more... you'll live a longer and happier life.

  • Dashgar on August 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @Meety, Hughes and Khawaja (not to mention Smith, Maddinson, Henriques, Hazelwood and possibly more) burst onto the scene as kids looking like the world was theirs for the taking. But what has come next. They are all still playing like kids who need to "sort out their technique". The problem at NSW at the moment isn't finding and playing gifted youngsters. It's that they can't turn any into star players despite their obvious talent. At the moment it seems the best thing for a player to do is leave. Just like Cowan and Christian did and now Hughes and Khawaja have done. At the moment the only NSW players in the test team are Clarke, Warner and sometimes Starc or Haddin, despite the fact that nearly every player in their first XI has been in and around the squad recently. I don't know what it is but NSW has a really bad habit of turning prodigies into wasted talent.

  • Hammond on August 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Great- more lead footed fodder for the young English bowlers. How much mental scar tissue would he have from when Freddy tore him a new one a few years ago? Made him jump like a frog. This current batch of young Aussie batsmen are hopeless.

  • zenboomerang on August 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Someguy... re: Hughes - I wouldn't mind seeing him bat down at no.4 when Punter goes... A guy called Mr Cricket used to be an opener for WA but in Tests has been a middle order batsman & thrived there...

  • Micky.Panda on August 14, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    What's all this Khawaja obsession. He made 328 runs for the 2011/2012 1st class season at 27.33 which was only marginally better than Hughes. There are plenty of batsmen out performing Khawaja. Forget him till he finds real consistency. Hughes is still a proven failure in my eyes. He also needs a good long period of consistency. Proven long term consistent performers is what Australia needs regardless of age, that are also in current good form. Not players who come in and out of form so often and continually disappoint, with perhaps greater leniency for bowlers to recover their form after injury.

  • thebrotherswaugh on August 14, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy & @VillageBlacksmith - at least AUS are on the improve in Tests - forget that recent 4-0 ODI anomly - it was probably cooked-up in concert with the Saffers to lull your big-headed mob into over-confidence - seems to have worked marvelously, 2-0 to the Saffers, and ENG back to #3 ranking; not where they deserve to be, but after IND give you a towelling in IND later this year, #5 ranking is just round the corner. Ahhhhh, a joy to behold. As for Hughesy, give him time & he'll come good, and don't over-scrutinise his technique. AUS will be feasting on the soft underbelly of ENG come next June. Bring it on!!

  • EddieGilbert on August 14, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @Popcorn Really??? From what I recall he scored 38 or 39 in his first dig and failed at Lords during that game gloved down legside before being given caught off a half volley whilst on 19. Hardly the reason for us losing the Ashes.He deserved more time. But whats done is done and he needs a good 2 seasons plying his trade in first-class. Make no mistake though he WILL be back

  • Meety on August 13, 2012, 23:29 GMT

    @leonidov - I think the Paine debut weighs in keeping ability more than just batting ability & the NSP must think he has real abilities that extend beyond just numbers. I do agree that Neville should get some more opportunities, particularly if he maintains the standard he has set so far, (potentially more upside than Wade), however he's not on this leg of the tour! As far as the cupboard being bare, the fact is Oz have plenty of batsmen not currently in the Test team, that are available, with FC averages over 40, & a few with averages around 50 or better! It says more about your perspective IMO! @CoorparooMaverick - as an opener, Watto averages over 40, which is an historical par, but below the likes of Langar & Hayden.

  • Meety on August 13, 2012, 23:18 GMT

    @Dashgar - with the possible exception of Maddison (although he was selected I think for Zim A tour), ALL of those players suffered a decline AFTER National selection! The CURRENT problem (if Newspaper gossip is anything to go by), is a bit of disenchantment with the coach, the long term problem at NSW has been a tendancy to be constantly looking for the next prodigy, without working on what they already have. On one hand it is great for cricket, they turn over a lot of talent, that can ultimately be picked up by net importers of talent like Tas, SA or even WA. The negative, is that sometimes a bloke like Stuey Clark needs to be stuck with for a while before they bear fruit. I would be more worried about why QLD are producing more Test cricketers at the moment (I believe that will change soon), I think it's more about how the states integrate with the National set up (or vice versa), than pointing a finger at any one state, least of all the one that creates the most talent.

  • leonidov on August 13, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    Good to see Forrest departing - he is really not going to be part of the future of Australian cricket in any format. The problem, in my mind, with Hughes is mental - he has a lot of natural ability, as his record only partially shows - it's the mental game he needs to rekindle (and certainly strengthen). Despite having a substandard domestic season, it would've been good to have seen Maddinson on the tour - another gifted player. At least Burns made the cut - deservedly so. It would be good to see Nevill get a game on Tuesday - he's had a difficult road to get this far (whereas Paine, apart from injury difficulties, has had a difficult road to get beyond 1 (one) first-class century - those calling for his selection must be from abroad - he's an ODI player at best). Bailey, by the way, didn't look too comfortable against Finn in the recent thumping. The cupboard, currently, is very bare.

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @straight_drive4 (post on August 13 2012, 00:02 AM GMT): well congrats, you got your wish and your post is there for all to see. Don't tar us all with the same brush... I'm just as irked with some of the regular 'pommy' posters as I am with certain Aussie trolls that continuously post the same digs (sometimes word-for-word) on every England thread. As you should have guessed from my name, and indeed regular posts, I wouldn't take too much I write to heart. Smile more... you'll live a longer and happier life.

  • Dashgar on August 13, 2012, 11:40 GMT

    @Meety, Hughes and Khawaja (not to mention Smith, Maddinson, Henriques, Hazelwood and possibly more) burst onto the scene as kids looking like the world was theirs for the taking. But what has come next. They are all still playing like kids who need to "sort out their technique". The problem at NSW at the moment isn't finding and playing gifted youngsters. It's that they can't turn any into star players despite their obvious talent. At the moment it seems the best thing for a player to do is leave. Just like Cowan and Christian did and now Hughes and Khawaja have done. At the moment the only NSW players in the test team are Clarke, Warner and sometimes Starc or Haddin, despite the fact that nearly every player in their first XI has been in and around the squad recently. I don't know what it is but NSW has a really bad habit of turning prodigies into wasted talent.

  • Hammond on August 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    Great- more lead footed fodder for the young English bowlers. How much mental scar tissue would he have from when Freddy tore him a new one a few years ago? Made him jump like a frog. This current batch of young Aussie batsmen are hopeless.

  • zenboomerang on August 13, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    @Someguy... re: Hughes - I wouldn't mind seeing him bat down at no.4 when Punter goes... A guy called Mr Cricket used to be an opener for WA but in Tests has been a middle order batsman & thrived there...

  • zenboomerang on August 13, 2012, 9:42 GMT

    I have no problems with Hughes playing for Aust A, but we have Bailey & Smith who missed out in the 1st 4-day game... Are the selectors going to drop Klinger/Davis, Burns, Cooper?... Seems a funny way to get experience - can't see Eng changing their squad (except Bairstow)... So Forrest gets a side injury while bowling just his 9th over in FC cricket - guess thats not even news for Oz bowlers these days...

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 13, 2012, 9:23 GMT

    What happened to the pakistan born usman kwajahajaja? hahaha the future is kwajahajaja

  • Someguy on August 13, 2012, 7:42 GMT

    Hughes has a much better record than Khawaja and is in better form, which is probably the main reason he got picked. Also, I believe a large part of the reason Khawaja got dropped in the first place was not his poor batting form, but his attitude and sub standard fielding.

    Hughes should never have been dropped for the ashes in 09, he was in amazing form leading up to it and the selectors seem to have been systematically working to destroy his confidence by dropping him when he was in form, then bringing him back when he is out of form and dropping him again a couple of games later. They need to pick him when he is in form and persevere. Similar to Warner, he might not always get runs, but when he gets a start he tends to go on and get a big innings. Warner opening with a more steady "reliable" opener (like Cowan), with Hughes coming in at 3 would not be a bad option..... assuming they get a confident and in form Hughes in the team.

  • CoorparooMaverick on August 13, 2012, 5:59 GMT

    To Popcorn, are you serious, Watson is a reliable test opener?! they guys averages 38 and cant convert scores. granted he has talent but he sould be counter attacking at 6 or 7 and bowling 10 to 15 overs as that is where his true value lies.

  • Meety on August 13, 2012, 4:10 GMT

    @Dashgar - I don't fully agree with your comments regarding Hughes & Khawaja, AND I really don't see how that has anything to do with the NSW system "...some fundamental flaws in the NSW system right now. They have consistently failed to groom good youngsters." They've groomed plenty of good youngsters, some have delivered on their promise, some have had to move elsewhere to realise their potential, some are yet to deliver. Pls bear in mind, that PRIOR to playing for Oz, players like S Smith, Khawaja & Hughes were smashing Shield bowling attacks around the country. If they aren't "good youngsters" then what was the bowling like? @popcorn - the main reason why I didn't want Hughes selected for this A-tour is because of comments like your banana farm comment. He shouldn't be judged on his DEVELOPMENT/RE-JIGGING from this ONE game. He'll be back in the Shield in a few months from now, hopefully carving up runs all over the place, that should be where AND when he's judged!

  • Chris_P on August 13, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    @davidpk. Forget where he was born, that means squat in this conversation. The fact is, Khawaja, while extremely talented is not delivering in the manner that demands selection. Very simple. btw, I have also seen Hughes bat, not sure who you were watching but his technique has tightened up considerably & he is scoring in ALL 3 formats & against superior attacks (IMHO) than Khawaja has faced to date this season.

  • popcorn on August 13, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    In 2009, Phil Hughes scored two centuries in South Africa before he left for England to platy County Cricket and scored century after century in County matches JUST BEFORE The Ashes. Alas,he ONLY FLATTERED TO DECEIVE.He was a miserable failure in the first two Ashes Tests, and in a MAJOR way, helping Englad get their tails up, and our losing The Ashes because he could niot help building a strong foundation. (The only Silver Lining was that we discovered Shane Watson as a wonderful,reliable,Test Opener.) I hope this time around, Phil Hughes performs in the second uunofficial Test. Or else, he is out on his eare, back to his banana farm.

  • Dashgar on August 13, 2012, 0:11 GMT

    @Hyclass, don't get me wrong I never suggested including Khawaja. Khawaja has almost as many problems as Hughes and suggests to me there are some fundamental flaws in the NSW system right now. They have consistently failed to groom good youngsters. I find Hughes extremely frustrating because he has shown himself to be a good player at times but for the vast majority of his test career he's failed. If you search his career for highlights you'll find them, but he has far more low lights. Ct. Guptill B. Martin is just one such low light.

  • straight_drive4 on August 13, 2012, 0:02 GMT

    @RU4REALNICK - people like you wonder why australians target the english. your comment is the reason why - you are talking trash on matters that dont concern you, then you want to cry when every other fans wants to put the boot in. every wondered why its not justr australian fans who went all out attack after you lost the first test to SAF? it was all countries. its because the english stick the boot into everyone else when its none of their business. had we known the poms were going to carry on like this, aussie fans would have inflicted much more pain on the english fans when we dominated world cricket for a decade. im certain this wont get published - its coincidence that whenever i write anything bad about the english it never gets published.. but if it does, at least all the other countries fans will have something to agree about

  • jmcilhinney on August 12, 2012, 23:51 GMT

    @Brad Graham on (August 12 2012, 15:42 PM GMT), I'm not sure that a game against the Lions qualifies as "the deep end".

  • on August 12, 2012, 18:21 GMT

    @Rahul Ashok and @Macca_mat. I think you guys are a little mistaken. The Derbyshire nightwatchman from the first innings actually scored a century against Australia A and was their top scorer in the match. Look, i'm an admirer of Khawaja too, I just don't think a century against the Unicorns, which would probably be no better than a state second xi and a couple of fifties against Aus A on a pretty flat track amount to knocking on the door of higher honours. After a poor 2011-2012 domestic season he really needs to restate his credentials with 12 months of very good cricket and I hope he's on his way to doing just that, Australia needs everyone one of it's good young batsmen scoring runs.

  • hhillbumper on August 12, 2012, 17:20 GMT

    greatest opening batsman in the world today.mark my words he will end up the all time highest scorer. There you go Jonesey 2 does that satisfy your slightly surreal cravings?

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:42 GMT

    No idea why they keep throwing him in the deep end for Test cricket. He starts to build himself up and when he is around 80-90% ready they give him a game and scratch their heads. His technique needs him to fully understand it for him to thrive like he did in SA. He has talent and a hunger for runs he couldnt have done so well domestically or in South Africa if he didnt have something about him.

    But ODI/T20 may be a better fit until he can regain his confidence mentally and possibly work out a few kinks while still facing some great bowling. But on the Khawaja front he looks great its just when he goes to accelerate from the defensive start he stutters along and puts pressure on the other end and doesnt convert. If he can get one under his belt we may see a different international player but at the moment he isnt the fit that Australia are after, i mean look at Simon Katich. Similar slow starters and renowned for scrapping but out on his ear

  • R_U_4_REAL_NICK on August 12, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    Well as usual the silence here from the Aussie fans is deafening, as they are all too busy commenting on the England/Pietersen feeds. Meanwhile, the sheer lack of talent in Aus is being shown up, and they are now forced to bring in already-tried-and-failed players. The best part is that these players have had to go to England to gain this experience in the first place, and then their so-called fans criticise the ECB system. Please publish; I am not being racist, just pointing out the two-facedness of certain posters.

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 15:37 GMT

    @Dashgar...your blog claimed that Hughes is only able to bully weak attacks. Yet the evidence clearly shows that he made 2 centuries against the best pace bowler( Dale Steyn) & the best pace attack (SA) in the world with 1100 Test wickets to its name, regularly bowling at 145km/h plus on home pitches.I doubt anyone could describe it as weak.He has also made centuries in Shield Finals & according to this article,made 135 not out against a strong Warwickshire attack that is likely to win the championship this year. @Edwards_A..you claimed in your blog that Hughes has only ever opened but the evidence clearly shows that he has regularly batted at 3 for Worcs this year without any difficulty,as his numbers on this article demonstrate. You also claimed that Khawaja scored a century in his last game. It was 8 games ago against a very weak Unicorns side.Since then he has 254 runs at 31.75 in all games.In the same period,Hughes has scored 480 runs at 68.57 from the same number of games.

  • on August 12, 2012, 15:30 GMT

    As for Forrest, I find it remarkable that our selectors chose to draft into our one day side a batsman whose main claim to fame is a singular inability to score singles. Yes he has made runs at that level, but his entrance to the crease signals a slowdown of the run rate, because the bloke at the other end, be it Warner or Watson, never faces a ball. Good riddance to him.

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 15:12 GMT

    @Dashgar and @Edwards_A...Hughes scored a century (126) v SL late last year and 88 v SA in SA.His record statistically is vastly superior to Khawaja. In the Alan Border Medal Cricinfo article dated 7 Feb 2011,I blogged,'Im happy for Khawajas win but i think his game is very inconsistent around off stump, like Norths.'From that point onwards,his game fell in a hole due to inconsistent movements around off stump.This was regularly commented on in the last year by well qualified international judges on this site. It is possible given his early form for NSW that he will recover his best game,but he has shown none of it at 1st class level for some time.Virtually the entire great Australian side of the last decade was dropped at some point and came back better. These include-Ponting,Hayden,Langer,Martyn, Steve Waugh. If we were to take the narrow view then none of them would have been reselected.I look forward to a team that includes both Hughes & Khawaja but 1st class runs are a essential.

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @Macca_mat...Phillip Hughes...Test ave:34.58-3 Test Centuries-S/R-55.57, 1st class ave-46.58-18 centuries-S/R-58.27, List A ave-46.97-4 centuries-S/R-75.60, T20 ave-51.61-S/R-117.74-Shield Player of the Year- Bradman Medallist-Steve Waugh Medallist-Youngest player ever to score 2 centuries in the same Test.Youngest 100 in a Shield Final. Usman Khawaja-Test ave-29.22-no Centuries-S/R-39.07-1st class ave-43.10-9 Centuries-S/R-50.33-List A ave-38.45-4 Centuries-S/R 78.46-T20 ave-17.80-S/R-101.13- Shield Player of the Year 2010,not 2011 @Macca _mat Hughes is streets ahead.Khawaja has been in terrible form both for his state and for Derbyshire for at least 18 months. His 1st class ave has dropped 10 runs. His only hundred was a List A game against a virtual 2nd XI of 1st & 2nd gamers for the Unicorns. Khawaja is Australian regardless of how those on the sub continent feel about him.This hysteria is unworthy. Players are & should be selected on runs alone for which Hughes is better qualified

  • Paul_Rampley on August 12, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    Well said Macca_mat, couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Dashgar on August 12, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    &Hyclass, I am fully aware of Phil Hughes' exploits in his first 2 tests. It's the next 15 where he has averaged 26 that worry me. Whether his problems were to do with bad coaching, good bowling or just that his luck ran out doesn't matter. He has been poor for an extended period and should not be considered by the selectors now or soon. Anyway hopefully Bailey comes back in and Hughes doesn't get a game.

  • jeauxx on August 12, 2012, 12:29 GMT

    To those wondering why Aus A need a replacement in the first place - Bailey and Smith are apparently back in Australia at the training camp. Really not sure how and why that happened though - I can't find any word on them returning home, but the Aus cricket website says they participated in a match here. It'll be interesting to see whether they are included in the next Aus A v Lions game because flying back to London within two days doesn't really seem feasible...

  • RednWhiteArmy on August 12, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    Phil Hughes? really?! poor australia, I didnt realize quite how fundamental your problems were, what a depressing situation.

  • on August 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    I think Australia should use Hughes as a odi t20 player as his technique suits those formats. His t20 and odi averages for Worcestershire are excellent but his first class for a overseas player looking to be banging on the door to be selected for test cricket is pretty average. Australia should place him on the reserve list for next months t20 world cup.

  • brusselslion on August 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    At least, Australia called up a cricketer. Not sure how your sports administrators managed it but it appears that your cricketers were sent to London and your other athletes to cricket gounds throughout the UK!

    More specifically, what is to be gained by selecting Hughes? We all know that he can score runs in England against county sides. He may also step up a level and score 100s in both innings against the Lions but everyone knows that he is not Test class.

    Unfortunately, as an England fan, I doubt that he will be back here for the Ashes next year as the SA attack will find him out and force the Aussie selectors to discard him. In the unlikely event that he is here next year for the Ashes, Anderson, Broad, Bresnan, Finn, Onions & Tremlett (take your pick) will be licking their lips at the prospect of bowling to him. Come to think of it, those 6 will be licking their lips at bowling to any of the current batch of Aussie batsmen.

  • Sunil_Batra on August 12, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    @Jono Makim not counting the 20 20 format, Khawaja has scored 2 centuries in the longer format and is averaging above 40 in this format, hardly a bad season by anyone's estimate. He is a proven performer and I predict he will be the leading run scorer for Qld this coming season. Rod Marsh who is one of the selectors also acknowledged Khawaja's run scoring in the most recent Aus A game where Khawaja top scored for Derby in both innings.

  • Mary_786 on August 12, 2012, 9:56 GMT

    @hyclass it is you who seems mis informed about your cricket. Edwards_A is on the mark. Khawaja was Shield player of the year in 2011, he only played a handful of shield games last year due to his Australian commitments and can't blame a guy for failing to score in the few games he played after being unfairly dropped when he was top scorer the game before against South Africa in a record 400 chase by Australia and being run out in the Gabba game. Just a week back he was also top scorer in both innings against a tough Aus A bowling attack in the Derbyshire attack. He was second top scorer against South Africa yesterday in the practice game. Perhaps you need to check your facts before you pick on Khawaja who is a great inspiration to all Sub continent players coming through the Australian system and is a proven performer in the Australian domestic setup.

  • on August 12, 2012, 8:09 GMT

    Well, this is a very curious thing indeed. I know Hughes is making plenty of runs at the moment but the Aussie A squad surely has enough options to cover Forrest going home with just one match remaining. I can only surmise that the selectors would like to see Hughes playing againt a stronger attack to see just how he is progressing. Good sign for him though as the selectors had plenty of other players getting around the county circuit that they could have called up. For those calling for Khawaja, I think you're jumping the gun a little folks. He has done very little so far for Derbyshire this season and really needs to start making runs over the remainder of the county season or he may fall right out of contention for the next couple of years.

  • Meety on August 12, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    @Rahul_Ashok - mate he's doing well in all 3 formats! @hyclass - I agree 101%. @jmcilhinney - doesn't really make sense to draft him for one match, unless it's a pat on the back!

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @Edwards_A...only a misinformed or myopic Khawaja supporter would fail to observe his long run of failures. That he has demonstrated talent in the past is unquestionable,but his run of outs is considerable.I wish him well in the future as Australia can use all its young batsmen playing at their best,but Khawaja needs an extended run of form before he can be selected with conviction. Hughes has regularly batted at 3 for Worcs this season and there can be little doubt that moving from opener down the order is a far easier assignment than moving up the order to open,of which Khawaja has little experience.While I am happy to discount Hughes T20 form as being relevant to 1st class cricket,List A is a long enough format to demonstrate many of the transferable facets of long form cricket.His current season record is on show in this article and is a credit to he and Worcs.While his selection questions the purpose of the Aus A tour,its important that Aus practice winning wherever possible.

  • jonesy2 on August 12, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    needless to say hughes will destroy the england lions poor bowling lineup

  • landl47 on August 12, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Hughes seems to have come a long way in the last few months. A season playing county cricket has done wonders for many players. Whether he has cured his technical difficulties remains to be seen, but he has a lot of talent and hopefully will by now be ready for top-level cricket.

  • bobagorof on August 12, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    With one match remaining, why does Australia A need to call up an extra batsman? There are a couple who didn't play in the previous match, who could easily slot in to Forrest's spot - notably Steve Smith, who scored 78 and 6* in his only game on tour so far. Isn't the whole point of this tour to give experience of the conditions to the fringe players?

  • Paul_Rampley on August 12, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    @Dashgar is correct, Hughes is not ready yet to come back at this level, runs in the shorter format don't count for much in the longer format. Khawaja would be a much better replacement as his technique allows him to bat anywhere in the order whereas Hughes can only open. Khawaja averages close to 50 batting at 3 or 4 and has opened before as well. Hughes has only ever opened and never batted anywhere else. Khawaja would be the perfect number 3 once the great Ricky Ponting retires. Bottom line is that it wasn't too long back that Hughes was exposed by the NZ attack, so a big mistake to bring him in now.

  • VillageBlacksmith on August 12, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    By the time Arthur and Langer have finshed with him he will be back to the quivering jelly he was when Anderson & Co had finished with him... including running people out just to get off strike and dropped yet again... Clueless, but another great pick for next year I hope

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    @Dashgar...Hughes has had his difficulties & there can be little question that since SA 09,he has looked a different player in the Test squad to out of it. It is also a matter of public record that those troubles arrived when he was instructed to change his technique & method before the Eng Lions game of 09 causing his difficulties in the first place. But unless you are absurdly biased,Hughes has taken on & thrashed the 1100 wicket SA on their home pitches as a 20 Y.O.That attack was Morkel,Steyn,Ntini,Kallis. An open minded person might go to Youtube & put in Hughes v SA 115 & Hughes v SA 160 & watch highlights of a batting master class. That attack was fast,furious & focused and there is no sign of the subsequent difficulties,supporting the view that there were significant changes from there to the 09 Ashes.Comments about half volleys & wide balls were poor sportsmanship by a humiliated SA.Hughes has an enviable record including numerous awards & 3 Test centuries & deserves support.

  • getaclue on August 12, 2012, 3:37 GMT

    @DavidPK - who cares where Khawaja is born. He's an Aussie. Talk about his runs, not his ethnicity/country of birth

  • jmcilhinney on August 12, 2012, 3:05 GMT

    If Hughes could continue his current form then he could undoubtedly go a ways to helping Aus A win the match, but is that really the point? This tour is primarily about players getting experience in English conditions and Hughes is already doing that. If he plays for Aus A then that means that someone else is not. I get the feeling that he has only been drafted in as cover for the squad, in case something else goes wrong with another batsman. The smart thing to do would be to leave Hughes out of the final XI, assuming that there are enough other batsmen fit, and release Hughes to play for Worcs. That way the maximum number of players are getting as much experience in English conditions as possible. I'm sure that Worcs would be happy with that arrangement too, because losing Hughes now could see them condemned to relegation. They may not be able to avert that anyway but this could be the log that broke the camel's back.

  • Dashgar on August 12, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Please, please no. First Mitchel Johnson now Phil Hughes. Hughes has been a failure at test level. He was not up to it, simple as that. Unless they truly believe he has changed his game significantly in six months this is ludicrous. Yes, we get it, he bullies weak bowlers, he'll be so out of depth against decent test attacks it'll be embarrassing. Oh wait, it already has been.

  • RandyOZ on August 12, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Great to see another Redbacks player in the squad. And of course it's one of our best young talents. Will probably created mental scars in the English bowlers for years to come.

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 2:45 GMT

    Forrest is an excellent example of the danger of selecting players on short runs of form rather than observing their career records. In the short term,opponents,pitches and the weather may all exert an excessive influence on results. It is unlikely that those same conditions will prevail over longer periods,where every variety of challenge may be expected to be encountered. While there may always be some exceptions,they only remain so if the practice of selecting them is rare and not common as it has been over the last few years under the Sutherland led administration.His inclusion has been at the expense of his countries success,something that should never be the case in a team sport. There were few onlookers able to make a List A or ODI case for him based on his average and S/R.I expect in future that selectors will demonstrate the intelligence of probability and properly factoring in long term records,before selections are produced. It is and always should be,country before all else

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Khawaja's form has been so poor for so long that any inclusion at this point would be little more than a guess. Khawaja showed enough early in his career to suggest persevering with him but needs a sustained run of form to re-establish his bona fides. Hughes has been exceptional in T20 & List A for Worcs & his last start century in 1st class cricket was at a far more Hughes like S/R of 65.His game is more fallible now than before the changes. As was pointed out by DeCosta,Hughes long time mentor and coach,he was forced on joining the Aus squad to change his entire game before the Eng Lions game of 09 causing his flaws.To that point,there was no demonstrable weakness against swing or bounce.His 2 tours of SA show 2 completely different players. I regard excess focus on technique as detracting from imposing oneself on the ball & bowler.Having endurance,concentration,courage & a well considered game plan are far superior.His age is only an advantage if his intelligence equals his courage

  • camcove on August 12, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I don't think anyone doubts either his talent or his mental toughness. He could make it as a world class Test player. (Emphasis on the could - though I think he will). It's interesting to read the comments on Khawaja. It seems that he is assessed as a first drop/ middle order batsman and Hughes purely as an opener. My view is that K isn't suited to bat at 3 or 6 but would be better as an opener. Hughes on the other hand (if he makes it) could bat anywhere. In fact, I would see him as a potential solution to the number 3 position problem. If Watto gets fit, maybe him at 4?

  • Sunil_Batra on August 12, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    I would have gone for Khawaja, he scored where it mattered(i.e against the Aus A attack), but its only 1 game so it doesn't matter. Hughes has alot of work to do to fix his technique and runs in the shorter format don't equate to runs in the longer format.

  • jezzastyles on August 11, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    I reckon the injury to Forrest is code for he's having a very poor run of scores & making the selectors decision to back him as one of the "top 3" waiting for a test batting spot something of a joke. Best of luck to Hughesy, he can't do any worse than Forrest has. I hope he hammers the opposition bowlers all over the park. Given his current good form, we might see two attacking lefties opening the batting for AUS vs. SA later this year - as we know, Steyn does not like bowling to lefties going by his average against them. One of the batsmen needs to step up & stamp his authority on this tour. Whatever happened to Khawaja, he seems to be going OK over there??

  • bumsonseats on August 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    i would have picked the Pakistani born khawaja. iv seen hughes once live and on TV this season and his stance is still all over the place. hes scored a few runs, but against better quality bowler i expect similar results. but what do i know, i would have chased KP.

  • Marcio on August 11, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    All the best to young Phil (and remember, he is still young at 23 - I think Border didn't even get hus first test cap till 24, Hayden didn't cement a spot till about 28, and M Hussey was 30! He needs to be looked after though! Lots of talent, potentially brilliant, but very unorthodox. Johnson is 31 and still can't play! (no disrespect to MJ - hope he surprises us all, but...)

  • Mary_786 on August 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I think Hughes needs at least a couple of solid seasons in the longer format before being picked for the longer format for Australia. Khawaja will feel unlucky not to be picked but its only for 1 game.

  • Paul_Rampley on August 11, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Good to see Hughes back, though I would have gone for Khawaja given Forrest bats 3 or 4 and Hughes is an opener. Plus Khawaja has also scored a century in the last game and played well agianst the Aus A in their game against Derby. Good luck to Hughes for the coming game.

  • Sunil_Batra on August 11, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Agree that Hughes did well in the T20 competition but you can't pick him based on form in that format. I would have gone for Khawaja who top scored in both innings against the Aus A bowling attack.

  • whitesXI on August 11, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Usually I'm very much opposed to cheering about an injury to a player, but in this case I can now understand why other people do. This is a good thing for Aus and Hughes, I've been against the idea of re-including Hughes in the Aus squad on the basis that I wanted him to be 100% sure that his technique is improved, but this could be a good chance to gauge just how far he has come since being dropped after the NZ test matches. I just hope that he isn't rushed back into the Aus squad before he's ready based on improvement seen through 3/4 of a season of County cricket and 1 Aus A match. As for the loss of Forrest, I was initially confused by his elevation to the Aus squad and have yet to see anything to have validated that decision, so no loss really IMO

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  • whitesXI on August 11, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    Usually I'm very much opposed to cheering about an injury to a player, but in this case I can now understand why other people do. This is a good thing for Aus and Hughes, I've been against the idea of re-including Hughes in the Aus squad on the basis that I wanted him to be 100% sure that his technique is improved, but this could be a good chance to gauge just how far he has come since being dropped after the NZ test matches. I just hope that he isn't rushed back into the Aus squad before he's ready based on improvement seen through 3/4 of a season of County cricket and 1 Aus A match. As for the loss of Forrest, I was initially confused by his elevation to the Aus squad and have yet to see anything to have validated that decision, so no loss really IMO

  • Sunil_Batra on August 11, 2012, 17:19 GMT

    Agree that Hughes did well in the T20 competition but you can't pick him based on form in that format. I would have gone for Khawaja who top scored in both innings against the Aus A bowling attack.

  • Paul_Rampley on August 11, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    Good to see Hughes back, though I would have gone for Khawaja given Forrest bats 3 or 4 and Hughes is an opener. Plus Khawaja has also scored a century in the last game and played well agianst the Aus A in their game against Derby. Good luck to Hughes for the coming game.

  • Mary_786 on August 11, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    I think Hughes needs at least a couple of solid seasons in the longer format before being picked for the longer format for Australia. Khawaja will feel unlucky not to be picked but its only for 1 game.

  • Marcio on August 11, 2012, 18:06 GMT

    All the best to young Phil (and remember, he is still young at 23 - I think Border didn't even get hus first test cap till 24, Hayden didn't cement a spot till about 28, and M Hussey was 30! He needs to be looked after though! Lots of talent, potentially brilliant, but very unorthodox. Johnson is 31 and still can't play! (no disrespect to MJ - hope he surprises us all, but...)

  • bumsonseats on August 11, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    i would have picked the Pakistani born khawaja. iv seen hughes once live and on TV this season and his stance is still all over the place. hes scored a few runs, but against better quality bowler i expect similar results. but what do i know, i would have chased KP.

  • jezzastyles on August 11, 2012, 23:16 GMT

    I reckon the injury to Forrest is code for he's having a very poor run of scores & making the selectors decision to back him as one of the "top 3" waiting for a test batting spot something of a joke. Best of luck to Hughesy, he can't do any worse than Forrest has. I hope he hammers the opposition bowlers all over the park. Given his current good form, we might see two attacking lefties opening the batting for AUS vs. SA later this year - as we know, Steyn does not like bowling to lefties going by his average against them. One of the batsmen needs to step up & stamp his authority on this tour. Whatever happened to Khawaja, he seems to be going OK over there??

  • Sunil_Batra on August 12, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    I would have gone for Khawaja, he scored where it mattered(i.e against the Aus A attack), but its only 1 game so it doesn't matter. Hughes has alot of work to do to fix his technique and runs in the shorter format don't equate to runs in the longer format.

  • camcove on August 12, 2012, 2:15 GMT

    I don't think anyone doubts either his talent or his mental toughness. He could make it as a world class Test player. (Emphasis on the could - though I think he will). It's interesting to read the comments on Khawaja. It seems that he is assessed as a first drop/ middle order batsman and Hughes purely as an opener. My view is that K isn't suited to bat at 3 or 6 but would be better as an opener. Hughes on the other hand (if he makes it) could bat anywhere. In fact, I would see him as a potential solution to the number 3 position problem. If Watto gets fit, maybe him at 4?

  • hyclass on August 12, 2012, 2:37 GMT

    Khawaja's form has been so poor for so long that any inclusion at this point would be little more than a guess. Khawaja showed enough early in his career to suggest persevering with him but needs a sustained run of form to re-establish his bona fides. Hughes has been exceptional in T20 & List A for Worcs & his last start century in 1st class cricket was at a far more Hughes like S/R of 65.His game is more fallible now than before the changes. As was pointed out by DeCosta,Hughes long time mentor and coach,he was forced on joining the Aus squad to change his entire game before the Eng Lions game of 09 causing his flaws.To that point,there was no demonstrable weakness against swing or bounce.His 2 tours of SA show 2 completely different players. I regard excess focus on technique as detracting from imposing oneself on the ball & bowler.Having endurance,concentration,courage & a well considered game plan are far superior.His age is only an advantage if his intelligence equals his courage