Australia v England, 3rd Test, Perth December 14, 2010

Hughes confident he won't short out

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Phillip Hughes is sick of defending his play against the short ball, but unless he can prove to England's fast men that he can cope over the next week, the questions will keep coming on and off the field. Last year Hughes started the Ashes tour as Australia's wonder child and left it with the reputation of being weak against bouncers.

Steve Harmison roughed Hughes up in a tour match and then handed over the duties to Andrew Flintoff as they had him hopping even more awkwardly than usual with his jumpy, country-made technique. He was dropped after two Tests and has played only two games since then, with the high being a frenetic 86 not out against New Zealand. Simon Katich's heel injury has allowed him a chance at Ashes redemption.

"I've heard this the last three years of my career," Hughes said of the problems with the short ball. "I've heard about it all along and I'm not worried about it at all. Being a short opening batsman, [the bowlers] like it up around your ears and face as much as they can. Often it's not the short balls that get you out, it's the follow-up balls, but that's something I've always heard."

It should sound familiar because that's what happened to him when Flintoff got him last year for 36 in Cardiff and 17 at Lord's. The bouncers didn't dismiss him, but the fuller ones that came after forced his unbalanced body into a couple of edges. Flintoff has retired and Hughes feels much more comfortable facing a line-up of James Anderson, Steven Finn and, probably, Chris Tremlett.

"They're going to come out firing and they did in the Ashes series last year as well, but then they had Flintoff who was their x-factor bowler," Hughes said after training at the WACA. "He was outstanding in that series and he bowled beautifully."

Hughes was replaced for the third Test by Shane Watson, who quickly showed he could be converted into an opening batsman. It was the first bump in Hughes' explosive career and since then he has had to wait for injuries to Watson and Katich to get a chance. This time he knows he has three games to make a sustained mark.

"I lost my spot in England during the last Ashes series and that was disappointing at the time," he said. "In the back of my mind I remember losing that series and that was disappointing, so I've come in and I'm all smiles at the moment and I'm happy to be around the guys again. I can't wait to get out there and just enjoy cricket. I'm happier this time than I was the first time."

Hughes is still only 22 and owns a couple of hundreds in the same Test against the mighty South Africa, but he enters this campaign based more on a hunch than statistics. He has only 201 first-class runs for the season, which is well below his standard, and the haul was boosted by his 81 for Australia A against England's second string attack last month.

"Mentally I feel really good and I'm hitting them good in the nets, which is always a good sign," Hughes said. "It's been disappointing for New South Wales, I haven't really got that big score under my belt. But I've got a lot of starts over the last couple of weeks."

Starts have been a problem for Australia during the opening two games of this series and are partly responsible for them being 1-0 behind. Despite Hughes' flaws, he remains an exciting batsman and has won comparisons to Virender Sehwag at times during his seven Tests of slashing, slicing and edging.

"That's how I've always played, I've been quite aggressive especially the last few years and that's my natural game and something I'm not going to change over the next few years," he said. "I love watching Sehwag play, without a doubt he comes to my mind straight away as an opening batsman.

"Yes he's very aggressive, but what Sehwag can do is he can take a game away from any opposition." Hughes has done that regularly with New South Wales since debuting as an 18-year-old, but is still working out whether the same approach can succeed at the highest level.

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • on December 16, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Oh dear!Got it wrong again. Tremy gets his wicket again. England will bat for two days again.

  • flashsvr on December 15, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    If Phil hughes fails, then its all down to ponting and/or clarke/hussey, if australia don't win here, this series is over, in sydney they're up against swann and panesar probably, which is a lost cause in my opinion!

    Indian fan4ever

    * What is the most proficient form of footwork displayed by Oz batsmen? -The walk back to the pavilion.

  • flashsvr on December 15, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    What did the spectator miss when he went to the toilet? -The entire Oz Innings.

  • on December 15, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    I really can't see Phil Hughes making runs at the WACA. To makes runs at the WACA you need to be able to play the short stuff and you need to be able to leave the ball outside of off stump. Hughes can't do either and he's not even in form.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    I'm surprised that the Australian supporters don't seem to know much about their team. I regard Johnson as fairly irrelevant. I don't imagine he's fixed all his problems in the last two weeks. If the English batsmen ignore his bad balls he won't get many wickets. Harris and Hilf, on the other hand, are good, accurate, lively bowlers and will be tough on a pitch which gives them any help. If the pitch does break up, then a lot of the Australian batsmen don't have great technique against spin, as Adelaide proved (and this batting side is less technically sound). Australia is going in to this match with 2 spinners who have 2 tests and three wickets between them and very little first-class experience. This Australian side might play well, but it's a very high-risk type of team and Ponting has never shown much ability to captain inexperienced players. The England team aren't cocky, in fact they're very low key although they must be confident after Adelaide. England must be favorites.

  • aslampgd on December 15, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    can he do some miracle to get AUs back on winnig track?

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Hughes plays like a slogger from time to time and has been his downfall in the test squad, he has been given another chance here this time he has to play well. He usually gets caught at slip or cutting i think this will be his downfall again. He is Aggressive but gets out he has to stay thier knowing that watson will reach his 50 and than get out.

  • Bone101 on December 15, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    This should be a good test match. I think we're all hoping for a decent track rather than the rubbish produced thus far in the series. It will be interesting to see if england can maintain their performance to date - it's certainly been impressive. Regardless, I do find it quite hysterical reading the english papers and the proclamations of the 'greatness' of this england team because they might win one series against a mediocre australian team at home. I do doubt that this is a permanent decline for australia though. The selectors are finally starting to move towards the team they should have run with after the dismal performance in england last year - yes, a few tests might be lost in the interim, but a new breed of aus cricketers who look promising shouldn't be too far away.

  • fatburner on December 15, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    We wont know what the final result will be until the last day of the Sydney Test. Bare in mind that Sydney has sometimes been a happy hunting ground for visiting teams. But we Brits underestimate the current team at our peril. Ponting and Hughes know Perth better than most, and remember Peter Taylor and Dutchy Holland! They were surprise picks but they took the match (bull) by the horns! The Pomms may not like the sound of Beer so much at the end of this Perth match but even more so at Sydney all the same.

  • gmoturu on December 15, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    what happened to Phil Jaques. He had 9 +50 scores in 19 innings. Drop clarke and get phil jaques.

  • on December 16, 2010, 12:10 GMT

    Oh dear!Got it wrong again. Tremy gets his wicket again. England will bat for two days again.

  • flashsvr on December 15, 2010, 5:48 GMT

    If Phil hughes fails, then its all down to ponting and/or clarke/hussey, if australia don't win here, this series is over, in sydney they're up against swann and panesar probably, which is a lost cause in my opinion!

    Indian fan4ever

    * What is the most proficient form of footwork displayed by Oz batsmen? -The walk back to the pavilion.

  • flashsvr on December 15, 2010, 5:37 GMT

    What did the spectator miss when he went to the toilet? -The entire Oz Innings.

  • on December 15, 2010, 4:35 GMT

    I really can't see Phil Hughes making runs at the WACA. To makes runs at the WACA you need to be able to play the short stuff and you need to be able to leave the ball outside of off stump. Hughes can't do either and he's not even in form.

  • landl47 on December 15, 2010, 4:13 GMT

    I'm surprised that the Australian supporters don't seem to know much about their team. I regard Johnson as fairly irrelevant. I don't imagine he's fixed all his problems in the last two weeks. If the English batsmen ignore his bad balls he won't get many wickets. Harris and Hilf, on the other hand, are good, accurate, lively bowlers and will be tough on a pitch which gives them any help. If the pitch does break up, then a lot of the Australian batsmen don't have great technique against spin, as Adelaide proved (and this batting side is less technically sound). Australia is going in to this match with 2 spinners who have 2 tests and three wickets between them and very little first-class experience. This Australian side might play well, but it's a very high-risk type of team and Ponting has never shown much ability to captain inexperienced players. The England team aren't cocky, in fact they're very low key although they must be confident after Adelaide. England must be favorites.

  • aslampgd on December 15, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    can he do some miracle to get AUs back on winnig track?

  • chad_reid on December 15, 2010, 2:18 GMT

    Hughes plays like a slogger from time to time and has been his downfall in the test squad, he has been given another chance here this time he has to play well. He usually gets caught at slip or cutting i think this will be his downfall again. He is Aggressive but gets out he has to stay thier knowing that watson will reach his 50 and than get out.

  • Bone101 on December 15, 2010, 1:46 GMT

    This should be a good test match. I think we're all hoping for a decent track rather than the rubbish produced thus far in the series. It will be interesting to see if england can maintain their performance to date - it's certainly been impressive. Regardless, I do find it quite hysterical reading the english papers and the proclamations of the 'greatness' of this england team because they might win one series against a mediocre australian team at home. I do doubt that this is a permanent decline for australia though. The selectors are finally starting to move towards the team they should have run with after the dismal performance in england last year - yes, a few tests might be lost in the interim, but a new breed of aus cricketers who look promising shouldn't be too far away.

  • fatburner on December 15, 2010, 1:36 GMT

    We wont know what the final result will be until the last day of the Sydney Test. Bare in mind that Sydney has sometimes been a happy hunting ground for visiting teams. But we Brits underestimate the current team at our peril. Ponting and Hughes know Perth better than most, and remember Peter Taylor and Dutchy Holland! They were surprise picks but they took the match (bull) by the horns! The Pomms may not like the sound of Beer so much at the end of this Perth match but even more so at Sydney all the same.

  • gmoturu on December 15, 2010, 0:42 GMT

    what happened to Phil Jaques. He had 9 +50 scores in 19 innings. Drop clarke and get phil jaques.

  • on December 15, 2010, 0:20 GMT

    TrevorHickman's Bradman comment is itself a cowardly comment, and based on no factual evidence whatsoever. In 1932/33, when pounded not just by short balls but by body-line bowling to leg theory field, every batsman struggled, and yet at the end of the day Bradman was still the top batsman on BOTH sides for the series. He averaged 56.57, and only Paynter's average of 61.33 (from only three outs) was higher. Any batsman who played more than a couple of tests in that series, on either side, still ended up falling short of what Bradman was able to achieve in the 4 tests he played to Jardine's attack. Even England's batsmen, not facing short leg theory, were unable to score as prolifically as Bradman. If the Don was yellow, what does that make them?

  • on December 14, 2010, 23:34 GMT

    Hmmm, lots of trrash talk by both sides - maybe we should wait and see if England change their winning plans (unlikely) to Australia. or if Huges will fall for the sucker punch her received in the UK (unlikely). The game will evolve based on the condition and who is sent in first. England will not walk away with this game, especially if Johnson fires however all of the above and below comments are conjecture. Just wait and see - the only things we know are this; England are 1-0 up, Australians are resilient and notoriously bad losers so will want to come back, Justin Langer will back Hughes even if he gets a King pair, The WACA will turn and bounce so lots of spin in the game (despite the belief that it's a fast hard track), and Michael 'slats' Slater will be more annoying than a bee sting in the eye washed out with vinegar and salt - oh yeah, and Ponting fails again the Australian public will turn on him like scroned wives...

  • chunk1324 on December 14, 2010, 23:12 GMT

    da_team if you need good laugh just watch aus try and play cricket always works for me!!!

  • inthebag on December 14, 2010, 22:08 GMT

    The poms are coming into this match cocky and off a lacklustre performance against the Vics. Australia have some young blood who, if they fire, can turn things in a hurry. And Mitch is back. Funny game cricket.

  • piecricket on December 14, 2010, 21:58 GMT

    The English can say they know how to sort Hughes out at have looked at his new technique but they don't have a clue what to do. They will try bowl short ball after short ball and eventually start getting smashed. Then they will try bowling outside off and start getting smashed. If they don't get Hughes out early he will make a big score.

  • ashes61 on December 14, 2010, 21:40 GMT

    TrevorHickman

    Your comment about Bradman is not only puerile but very wide of the mark, as anyone with any knowledge of cricket would know. Given that Bradman proved his courage (both physical and moral) on more than one occasion, it is also hardly the remark of either a cricket lover or a knowledgeable enthusiast.

  • da_team on December 14, 2010, 21:27 GMT

    LOL its awesome to see the drumming that the aussies are getting from you (non aussie) supporters, Im guessing you's have been waiting 20plus years for this hahahahahahaha..................HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH. whoopS FELL OFF MY CHAIR anyway im enjoying all the negitive comments about the aussies this fuels there fire and GO AUSTRALIAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA Keep it up peeps I need a good laugh .

  • cabinet96 on December 14, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    @ TEST_CRICKET_ONLY For a man with a test average of 51.25 in test and 52.10 in Tests I surprised he is not in the test team. As for your comment about New South Wales, Usman Khawaja is the next man in the middle order so do you feel they should disregard him without a test. Why can't you just except there is talent in NSW.

  • on December 14, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    To TheHooker, will England dominate international cricket for 15 years like the Aussies did? Of course not!! How many Cricket World Cups have you won? ZEROOOOOOO!!! How many World Cup cricket finals have you lost?? Three!!!! How many cricket world cup finals have the Aussies won? Four!!! Who has won more world cup cricket finals than anyone else??? Australia!! All teams have slumps. England had one for virtually the whole period the Aussies dominated. In comparison to Australia in all sports over time, England/Britain are real under achievers. OOhh and how many times has a Brit won Wimbledon??? Once!!! Aussies win Wimbledon??? I have lost count!

  • ihaq1 on December 14, 2010, 20:25 GMT

    england have to attack hughes as watson is regarded as dependable...hughes is no hussey who can attack regardless of teh situation...so if hughes falls england expect that ponting and clarke will fall too and than who knows what will happen...will australia bat or bowl first if they win the toss...since the bowling is suspect they might bat and than england will have a chance...?

  • grug76 on December 14, 2010, 19:51 GMT

    @TheHooker... Australia has lost some of its sporting mojo over the past five years i'll admit that... but seriously, apart from darts and billiards, is there ANY sport england can claim to be the best in the world at???

  • popcorn on December 14, 2010, 19:39 GMT

    I compare Phil Hughes with Justin Langer. Both are short,left handers.Their technique is different.The selectors are not fools. Just because he got twice in the Ashes 2009 to short balls - one a blunder by the umpire Rudi Koertzen,his centuries in each innings against South Africa,and a fast -paced 86* are not flukes.So short balls do not make him perennially vulnerable. Remember too that he is playing in Australia, not England - even there,he scored 3 centuries in County Cricket. I predict that Shane Watson and Phil Hughes will become the highly successful Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes partnership of Australia in the years to come. Katicjh may retire in a year or two.

  • on December 14, 2010, 18:53 GMT

    Hoping for an Australian backlash! Poms should be shown.who is the boss!

  • r1m2 on December 14, 2010, 18:34 GMT

    I am confident he will, 'short out' that is. Hughes will be major batting weak link, as he is an opener and that means Ponting will be the de facto opener.

  • on December 14, 2010, 17:54 GMT

    if Phillip Hughes can do a good job as an opning batsman then Simon Katich can can take the no6 spot,,which was use to be his original spot(even in domestic level),,add Haddin,smith and Johnson in no7-8-9. then u have the best batting side in the world,,so now every thing is in the hands of Phillip Hughes!!!!!!!!,if he can do it then the OLD GOLDEN DAYS will come back to them

  • gudolerhum on December 14, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    @TrevorHickman - "...but like Don Bradman before him he's basically yellow" What an absurd comment. Bradman did not "like" short pitched bowling, not many batsmen really do even if they handle it fairly competently. However, in the body line series he ONLY averaged in the 50s which for him was a relative failure, while for most ordinary batsmen that would be above average. Please try and be more balanced in your observations.

  • bouncedout on December 14, 2010, 16:56 GMT

    How mant times has any team made the sort of changes that Aus have made here and then won a series from the position they are presently in? Now, I don't know the answer but I would put money on it being less than once. Aus selectors are clueless. They have got it into their head that a left arm spinner is the way to go and are determined to pick one irrespective of credentials......ridiculous selection policy. Hughes gone for less than 30 and England to win at a canter.

  • landl47 on December 14, 2010, 16:17 GMT

    I thought Hughes played well in the second innings of the Australia A game. His problem is a technical one in that he doesn't play with a straight bat, so he has less margin for error. I'm not sure what he means by "a lot of starts over the last couple of weeks". Do 4 and 0 count as starts? This is a high risk batting order, with not many grinders. They might get a lot of runs quickly or they might fold up for a very low score. I think it's going to be very hard for Ponting to bat first; the only time the Australian bowling has looked dangerous was in the first innings at Adelaide, and this Aussie batting line-up is going to struggle against the moving ball. All in all, a lot of intriguing possibilities.

  • tooves007 on December 14, 2010, 15:50 GMT

    Just a quick reply to TrevorHickman that whilst Hughes may be vunerable to the short ball, bringing Bradman into this discussion is just really poor form. Bradman still averaged 51 in the non-gentleman series that was bodyline!

  • on December 14, 2010, 15:27 GMT

    I really hope hughes fires and as much as I love simon katich, we need to start getting the young blood in rather than letting the guys play first class until age 30+ and then debuting them at test level after they've peaked. England 2-1

  • dsig3 on December 14, 2010, 15:24 GMT

    Australia will win this game. Every time a team gets dominated they always come back. Happened in the ashes in 2009 aswell. England are supremely cocky at the moment just as Aus where in 2009. England really are not that good. We are playing very badly and making alot of mistakes. England have made none. Sooner or later that is going to change and then we will see if you know what to do then.

  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 15:13 GMT

    timohyj, first of all I won't even justify your statement by acknowledging it, because we both know that it's rubbish. Secondly, did I say Strauss "lied"? No I did not. As I've said, I do not blame Strauss for claiming it, as it is very difficult to tell from the catcher's position whether or not a ball like that one carried.

  • SUVIN_2005 on December 14, 2010, 14:50 GMT

    Why u people hunting Beer..anyway he is also a cricketer.And its sure he will play his best against English line up....

  • on December 14, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Perhaps the Aussies shd recall Tubbs, he would be a better bet than this walking wicket........Keep clutching at those straws fellas.

  • TheHooker on December 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    Ahh, clutch at those straws Aussies! Read Gideon Haigh in today's Times (British) and try to be optimistic. Jeez, I remember us having some stupid selection policies over the years but you lot are a joke. Yes, go on Hughesie, you're the next Langer! Woooo! .... Can't wait for the next great Aussie plan. The world is different from 1986, Aussie fans. I would suggest you support your rugby league team over the next few years (oops, forgot about NZ beating you) as there's nothing else you are close to being the best at any more.

  • timohyj on December 14, 2010, 13:42 GMT

    Something_Witty, do I need to point out to you at least 10 instances from the Sydney test against India in 2008 of the Aussies lying?

  • Marcio on December 14, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    It's a risk playing him when he's not in form. Still, if he goes off, he will go off in a big way - lots of runs in short time. He has the potential to swing the series back Australia's way. Watson is also a real goer when on fire, so there's potential for a real denting to England's confidence if both hit form at the same time. Big ifs, though. If Steve Smith plays there will be a real youthful, unorthodox element to the team. Personally I hope Beer doesn't play, but they wouldn't have put him in the team if they weren't going to play him.

  • jonesy2 on December 14, 2010, 12:58 GMT

    poms can try all they want they dont have a clue i hope hughes does really well, scores a couple of quick centuries.

  • on December 14, 2010, 12:57 GMT

    So far as Hughes is concerned I think that this England team so far look good at executing plans and they will certainly have one for him. So far as Beer is concerned he does have an X factor which is that the pom batsmen will be nervous. No test player likes to get out to a club cricketer.

  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 12:43 GMT

    @notvery, yes, almost identical in fact. Except for the slight difference in that, in the Adelaide test, the umpires were competent and actually went to the third ump for verification. Something which Koertsen and Doctrove eschewed, in a rather blatant example of gross umpiring negligence. But yes, the two catches were very similar. I don't blame Strauss for claiming it, it's always hard to tell with catches like that, but if there is any doubt, the third ump definitely needs to be consulted.

  • TrevorHickman on December 14, 2010, 12:39 GMT

    Basically England will pick Tremlett. Tremlett will rough Hughes up in exactly the same way as Freddie and Harmison did. He's obviously an excellent batsman but like Don Bradman before him he's basically yellow and can't cope with the short ball. I don't expect him to make double figures in either of Australia's innings. After that I'm not sure where Australia go for an opener. Do they drop him after one test or stick with him to the bitter end? It'll be interesting.

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on December 14, 2010, 12:32 GMT

    If someone asked me to define "Hope". I would give a text book definition and reply "Something_Witty".

  • on December 14, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    i think Hughes will make a mark this test...lookin forward to his AXE shot square of the wicket

  • Aussasinator on December 14, 2010, 11:43 GMT

    Hughes is lucky Stuart Broad's bouncy pace will be missing. But he's equally vulnerable to swing, so Anderson should be targeting him to get out early. England will miss Broad on this wicket but should be able to manage. Their batsmen will have to continue the same cautious momentum and blunt the Aussie pacemen, who will be going all out, since it is the final chance for many.

  • TEST_CRICKET_ONLY on December 14, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    For a player with such poor technique and no runs to speak of this year, he certainly has a lot to say. Hopefully, his double failure in this test will enable the selectors to finally see past the NSW cheer squad and realise that he is a long way off test standard.

  • _Australian_ on December 14, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Here Here Something_ Witty

  • notvery on December 14, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @Something_Witty. that would be like the "catch" that ponting claimed in the adelaide test.. the one that hit the grass and was rightly given not out...(poor ol' punter still went and moaned to the umpires for the rest of the test though)

  • Vindaliew on December 14, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    None of the regular England bowlers are as fast as Harmison or Flintoff right now, so it's a good chance for Hughes to gain some confidence against the old enemy.

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 14, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I'd have thought that Jaques was a safer option but still don't mind Hughes. My pick was actually to play both. I just pray and hope that they don't pick Beer.

  • on December 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    no one can match virender sehwag!!!

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 14, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    It will be good experience for Hugh like BEER

  • bboynexus on December 14, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    He's got a lot of talent, Hughes. I'm glad to see him having another chance.

  • TumTum on December 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Go Hughes! It is time to unveil your pull-shot, despite all this war of words, I know you have been working on it behind closed doors. Good to see you adopt a more front-on stance as well, you have improved in working the balls away in the leg side. Score a triple for good measure, don't let the mediocre English bowlers to get on top of you.

  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    I also feel the need to point out that the 17 at Lord's wasn't actually out because the ball didn't carry! (Good ol' Straussy still went ahead and claimed it was though). But if you watch replays of the "dismissal" you can see Hughes actually showed good presence of mind by not flicking at the ball and going at it with quite soft hands, which caused the ball to drop and not carry to the slips.

  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    C'mon Hughesy! This is a great chance to silence your critics. Best of luck.

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  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 8:14 GMT

    C'mon Hughesy! This is a great chance to silence your critics. Best of luck.

  • Something_Witty on December 14, 2010, 8:28 GMT

    I also feel the need to point out that the 17 at Lord's wasn't actually out because the ball didn't carry! (Good ol' Straussy still went ahead and claimed it was though). But if you watch replays of the "dismissal" you can see Hughes actually showed good presence of mind by not flicking at the ball and going at it with quite soft hands, which caused the ball to drop and not carry to the slips.

  • TumTum on December 14, 2010, 9:11 GMT

    Go Hughes! It is time to unveil your pull-shot, despite all this war of words, I know you have been working on it behind closed doors. Good to see you adopt a more front-on stance as well, you have improved in working the balls away in the leg side. Score a triple for good measure, don't let the mediocre English bowlers to get on top of you.

  • bboynexus on December 14, 2010, 9:17 GMT

    He's got a lot of talent, Hughes. I'm glad to see him having another chance.

  • LALITHKURUWITA on December 14, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    It will be good experience for Hugh like BEER

  • on December 14, 2010, 10:19 GMT

    no one can match virender sehwag!!!

  • Ozcricketwriter on December 14, 2010, 10:25 GMT

    I'd have thought that Jaques was a safer option but still don't mind Hughes. My pick was actually to play both. I just pray and hope that they don't pick Beer.

  • Vindaliew on December 14, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    None of the regular England bowlers are as fast as Harmison or Flintoff right now, so it's a good chance for Hughes to gain some confidence against the old enemy.

  • notvery on December 14, 2010, 11:03 GMT

    @Something_Witty. that would be like the "catch" that ponting claimed in the adelaide test.. the one that hit the grass and was rightly given not out...(poor ol' punter still went and moaned to the umpires for the rest of the test though)

  • _Australian_ on December 14, 2010, 11:18 GMT

    Here Here Something_ Witty