Merv Hughes      

Full name Mervyn Gregory Hughes

Born November 23, 1961, Euroa, Victoria

Current age 59 years 8 days

Major teams Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Essex, Victoria

Nickname Fruitfly

Playing role Bowler

Batting style Right-hand bat

Bowling style Right-arm fast

Other Selector

Mervyn Gregory Hughes
Batting and fielding averages
Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 53 70 8 1032 72* 16.64 2233 46.21 0 2 96 17 23 0
ODIs 33 17 8 100 20 11.11 134 74.62 0 0 6 4 6 0
First-class 165 196 45 2649 72* 17.54 0 7 56 0
List A 88 46 15 264 20 8.51 0 0 19 0
Bowling averages
Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10
Tests 53 97 12285 6017 212 8/87 13/217 28.38 2.93 57.9 14 7 1
ODIs 33 33 1639 1115 38 4/44 4/44 29.34 4.08 43.1 1 0 0
First-class 165 34881 17429 593 8/87 29.39 2.99 58.8 21 3
List A 88 4466 3151 105 5/41 5/41 30.00 4.23 42.5 2 1 0
Career statistics
Test debut Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 13-17, 1985 scorecard
Last Test South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 17-21, 1994 scorecard
Test statistics
ODI debut Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Dec 11, 1988 scorecard
Last ODI England v Australia at Lord's, May 23, 1993 scorecard
ODI statistics
First-class span 1981/82 - 1994/95
List A span 1981/82 - 1998/99
Profile

Merv Hughes was a big-hearted fast bowler who ultimately made a major contribution to Australia's fortunes. A crowd favourite, he was a lively character armed with an imposing run-up and delivery action, a classic fast bowlers' glare down the pitch, a mischievous sense of humour and a moustache of incredible proportions. And while his antics sometimes overshadowed his bowling, Hughes gave every ounce of effort to his country, and helped it to re-climb the ranks of Test cricket. Hughes made a comparatively modest entrance in the mid-1980s, but his value came to the fore against West Indies in 1988-89, when he lost pace partner Geoff Lawson to a broken jaw in the second Test. Hughes gained a hat-trick in that match, but his performance - 13 for 217 off 73.1 overs - illustrated his ability to combine the roles of spearhead and stock bowler.

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Aug 4, 2016

Debutant Jon Holland receives his baggy green from Australian fast bowling great Merv Hughes, Sri Lanka v Australia, 2nd Test, Galle, 1st day, August 4, 2016

Jon Holland receives his baggy green from Merv Hughes

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Jun 9, 2013

Merv Hughes vents his frustrations during a charity T20 match, Cirencester Cricket Club, June 9, 2013

Merv Hughes vents his frustrations during a charity T20 match

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Jun 9, 2013

Merv Hughes celebrates a hat-trick at a charity T20 match, Cirencester Cricket Club, June 9, 2013

Merv Hughes celebrates a hat-trick at a charity T20 match

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Notes

Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1994