Phil Hughes blasts 111 in county cricket
Out-of-favour Australian batsman Phil Hughes marked his return to county cricket after a two-year break by blasting a century on debut for Worcestershire against former club Middlesex at New Road.
Three days after flying into England, the former Test opener plundered 111 as the Royals’ reached 5-235 in a 56-run victory over Middlesex, who folded for 179.
Hughes first played in England with Middlesex prior to a disappointing Ashes series in 2009 and he re-appeared in the following season for a short spell with Hampshire.
However his international career – which took off spectacularly with two centuries in a Test against South Africa – progressed fitfully up to his last appearance in December against New Zealand.
Originally signed by Worcestershire for the full season, he had to delay his arrival when called into a Cricket Australia training camp in Brisbane where he benefited from working in the nets against international bowlers Mitchell Johnson and Pat Cummins.
There were understandable timing problems as he adjusted to English conditions and he also developed a noticeable limp in his running between the wickets but once he had found his range, seven of his 11 fours came in a second 50 from 35 balls.© AAP 2013