Posts Tagged "Phil Hughes"
Whenever a player shows signs of potential, we are all quick to call them the next Ricky Ponting or Shane Warne. You would think this is a great compliment, but too often it has been a dark hovering cloud of expectation.
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In a recent round of interviews, former Australian captain Ricky Ponting declared Phil Hughes as Australia’s best young batsman, requiring just a bit of “love and stability” to blossom at Test level.
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While all the discussion surrounds who will bat at number six in the first Ashes Test at the Gabba, the second opener slot also remains equally contentious.
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It’s funny what a 72-run shellacking can do for one’s perception of a one-day tour to India, isn’t it?
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Three batting spots in Australia’s next Ashes squad are wide open. While Chris Rogers, David Warner, Shane Watson, Michael Clarke and Steve Smith are locked in, Australia must identify a number six as well as two backup batsmen.
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Out-of-favour opener Phil Hughes is set to get one final chance to impress as Australia attempt to end their UK cricket tour on a rare high in Monday’s one-day “grand final” against England.
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The first five Tests of Darren ‘Boof’ Lehmann’s reign as the Australian cricket coach have now come and gone.
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When Shane Watson scored his century in the final Test at The Oval, it was a drought-breaking moment for Watson, (who hadn’t scored a century in three years) and for an Australian batsman at number three.
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It is becoming increasingly clear that people are getting tired of seeing the Australian batting order resemble the village bicycle.
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At present being a member of Australia’s top-seven must be a bit like playing musical chairs – when the music stops, grab a seat.
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The way modern cricket is heading, there seems to be a huge turnover in the number of players that are rotating through the national set up.
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Number three: traditionally the batting spot held by the most competent batsman in a team.
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Phil Hughes has put his hand up for another shot at the poisoned chalice No.3 batting spot in the Australian Test team.
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As Australian cricket descends painfully from the halcyon days of the late 1990s and early 2000s the deterioration of the foundations of previous success are in full view.
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With the Ashes having been lost for the third consecutive series, Australian coach Darren Lehmann has come out stating that Test careers would be on the line in the fifth and final Test.
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Australian cricket has their own version of the Hokey Pokey. Sing it with me – “You put your Phil Hughes in; you take your Phil Hughes out!”
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“We’re going to lose. And we’re going to lose huge.” This is a line spoken by Tom Cruise to Demi Moore in one of my favourite movies, A Few Good Men.
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After tantalising at Trent Bridge and being swept aside at Lord’s, Australia must now focus on the third Test at Old Trafford, starting on Thursday.
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Frustrated Australia batsmen Phil Hughes, Ed Cowan and Usman Khawaja let their anguish be known on day one of the tour match at Hove.
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Phil Hughes is the man most likely to make way for David Warner at Old Trafford after failing to capitalise in Australia’s tour match against county cricket side Sussex at Hove.
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