Full name Phillip Joel Hughes
Born November 30, 1988, Macksville, New South Wales
Died November 27, 2014, St Vincent's Hospital, Sydney (aged 25 years 362 days)
Major teams Australia, Australia A, Australia Under-19s, East Torrens, Hampshire, Middlesex, Mumbai Indians, New South Wales, New South Wales Under-19s, South Australia, Western Suburbs, Worcestershire
Playing role Opening batsman
Batting style Left-hand bat
Fielding position Occasional wicketkeeper
|Test debut||South Africa v Australia at Johannesburg, Feb 26-Mar 2, 2009 scorecard|
|Last Test||England v Australia at Lord's, Jul 18-21, 2013 scorecard|
|ODI debut||Australia v Sri Lanka at Melbourne, Jan 11, 2013 scorecard|
|Last ODI||Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, Oct 12, 2014 scorecard|
|Only T20I||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 5, 2014 scorecard|
|First-class debut||New South Wales v Tasmania at Sydney, Nov 20-23, 2007 scorecard|
|Last First-class||New South Wales v South Australia at Sydney, Nov 25-28, 2014 scorecard|
|List A debut||Victoria v New South Wales at Melbourne, Nov 28, 2007 scorecard|
|Last List A||Australia v Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, Oct 12, 2014 scorecard|
|T20s debut||Queensland v New South Wales at Brisbane, Dec 26, 2008 scorecard|
|Last T20s||Australia v Pakistan at Dubai (DSC), Oct 5, 2014 scorecard|
|Bat & Bowl||Team||Opposition||Ground||Match Date||Scorecard|
|63*||South Aust||v NSW||Sydney||25 Nov 2014||FC|
|7, 11||South Aust||v Victoria||Adelaide||16 Nov 2014||FC|
|20, 69||South Aust||v NSW||Adelaide||8 Nov 2014||FC|
|14, 65||Australians||v Pakistan A||Sharjah||15 Oct 2014||Other|
|5||Australia||v Pakistan||Abu Dhabi||12 Oct 2014||ODI # 3534|
|6||Australia||v Pakistan||Dubai (DSC)||5 Oct 2014||T20I # 406|
|15||Australia||v South Africa||Harare||6 Sep 2014||ODI # 3526|
|85||Australia||v South Africa||Harare||2 Sep 2014||ODI # 3522|
|10||Australia||v Zimbabwe||Harare||31 Aug 2014||ODI # 3521|
|51||Australia||v South Africa||Harare||27 Aug 2014||ODI # 3516|
Phillip Hughes, who died after being struck by a bouncer a week before his 26th birthday, was a precocious talent from whom Australian cricket expected big things.
At 19, Hughes underlined why he was one of the most exciting young talents around when he became the youngest to score a century in a Pura Cup/Sheffield Shield final. Just months before Hughes' death Australia captain Michael Clarke had tipped him to be a 100-Test man.
If a textbook technique was the sole criterion for a first-class opener then Hughes wouldn't have made a rapid rise to the international level. The most important thing as far as Australia's selectors were concerned was that Hughes picked up plenty of runs from his country-baked technique, which included compulsive slicing through point and slashing to cover, as well as stepping away to provide room for tennis-style drives down the ground.
His perceived weakness against the short ball helped him in South Africa in 2009, when he used the pace of Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel against them and he was the youngest man to score a century in each innings of a Test when he managed the feat in Durban in his second Test.
But after his stunning rise as the replacement for the retired Matthew Hayden, the fall was swift; after he was roughed up by Andrew Flintoff and failed at Lord's he broke the news of his dropping on Twitter. He remained the Test backup opener and in Wellington in 2010 he finished off the win with a brutal 86 off 75 balls. He replaced the injured Simon Katich for three Tests of the 2010-11 Ashes and despite struggling, he finished the Shield season strongly and was first in line to become Shane Watson's full-time partner when Katich lost his contract. A third Test century arrived in Colombo in 2011 but later that year he could not stop edging Chris Martin of New Zealand and was again dropped.
Returned to the side once more against Sri Lanka in 2012-13, Hughes struggled against spin on the Test tour of India that followed and although he played the first two Ashes Tests in England in 2013, he faced the axe again after a lean Lord's Test.
It had taken nearly four years after his Test debut for Hughes to break into the Australian one-day side, but he showed his limited-overs potential in July 2014 when he became the first Australia to score a double-century in a List A match.
A month later he made the highest score of his first-class career, an unbeaten 243 for Australia A as he staked claim for a Test recall.
There were to be no further additions to his 26 Test caps though as, three months later, he was rushed to hospital after a sickening blow from a short ball during a Shield game. He never regained consciousness and died from his injuries. He was 25.
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