Hughes stars in Australian tour win

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    Phil Hughes may have saved his place in the line-up for the first Test, after notching two half centuries in Australia’s opening tour match win over Somerset in Taunton.

    The Australians cruised to a six-wicket win midway through day four after being set a victory target of 260.

    Brad Haddin stayed in good touch with 52no and a big six to finish the job, while bowling allrounder James Faulkner (5no) remained unbeaten in both his innings.

    Hughes was under pressure leading into the start of the Ashes after well documented troubles against the moving ball.

    But a drop to No.5 in the first innings saw him thrive in an impressive knock of 76no while, in the second dig, he managed 50 batting at his more accustomed position of first drop.

    Where Hughes will play is up for debate but it seems likely new coach Darren Lehmann will try to reinvent him as a middle order batsman against England.

    With Shane Watson (90 in the first innings) assured of opening, the remaining two spots at the top seem down to Chris Rogers, Usman Khawaja and Ed Cowan.

    Rogers is a frontrunner given his proven record in English conditions.

    Khawaja (73) edged out Cowan (46) in the second innings rankings but the next practice against Worcestershire, starting on Tuesday, shapes as a shootout between the pair for the first Test.

    Cowan has given reliable service but has struggled to go on with the job since his maiden Test century in Brisbane last year.

    Khawaja is a favourite of Lehmann through their association in Queensland, but he hasn’t done enough to be assured of selection.

    England spinner Graeme Swann would have enjoyed the sight of Somerset slow bowler George Dockrell knocking over three of the Australian big guns on Saturday.

    Khawaja and Hughes, who have both struggled against spin in the past, were dismissed by Dockrell and the left-armer also removed the usually rock-solid Michael Clarke for 26, when the skipper charged down the crease.

    The Australians are likely to rotate their men quite a bit for the Worcestershire match, wanting to give squad players like Ryan Harris, Jackson Bird and Rogers a chance to impress.

    James Pattinson took seven wickets for the match to lead the fast bowlers, while Mitchell Starc finished with six.

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    • June 30th 2013 @ 8:47am
      Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      And you sound surprised?

      Phil Hughes is a fantastic talent.

      He’s gonna batter the Poms watch and see.

      Cowan, rightfully, will be axed for the 1st Test.

      • June 30th 2013 @ 11:10am
        Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:10am | ! Report

        Here we go…

    • June 30th 2013 @ 8:57am
      davos44 said | June 30th 2013 @ 8:57am | ! Report

      agreed Frankie about phil hughes …he just keeps fighting while all the knockers try to tear him down…I think the next match will have a huge bearing on weather Cowan loses his spot to Khawaja ( finally an encouraging 70 odd) you would have to think that given he is one of boofs favs that he may well get the nod….I personally would not be so quick to get rid of a solid gritty opener who hasn’t done a lot wrong and is the incumbent with proven test match experience…hope he fights hard and keeps his spot anywhere in the top 3

      • June 30th 2013 @ 9:42am
        Tasman said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:42am | ! Report

        what did watson get?

        • June 30th 2013 @ 9:56am
          davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:56am | ! Report

          im sure you know the answer Tasman ..a powerful well constructed 90 off 93 balls ..well done to him and im excited that we may be in with a chance

          • June 30th 2013 @ 11:45am
            Tasman said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:45am | ! Report

            sorry , in the second innings i meant

            • June 30th 2013 @ 11:52am
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:52am | ! Report

              didn’t bat they won with haddin scoring the winning runs

        • June 30th 2013 @ 10:40am
          Praveen said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:40am | ! Report

          Fantastic to also see khawaja top score in the second innings with 72, he is looking good for the 3 spot, Cowan is on thin ice

          • June 30th 2013 @ 12:42pm
            John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:42pm | ! Report

            Agreed Praveen, UTK looking the goods with a solid knock, great signs for the first test, lock him in at 3.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 3:53pm
              Amith said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:53pm | ! Report


              • June 30th 2013 @ 4:46pm
                Ash said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:46pm | ! Report

                +3 khawaja has to be in the team

      • June 30th 2013 @ 11:11am
        Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:11am | ! Report

        He keeps fighting because the selectors keep picking him in spite of his inability to play top-class bowling of any type or flavour.

        • June 30th 2013 @ 11:38am
          davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:38am | ! Report

          If you told me that cowan would score 46 in the first dig of the first test …I would take that right now

          • June 30th 2013 @ 12:08pm
            Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:08pm | ! Report

            i was referring to Hughes.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 1:44pm
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:44pm | ! Report

              he top scored for the match level with pommy opener I think…was denied his opportunity to score a cent..what else did he need to do ?

    • June 30th 2013 @ 9:15am
      Lancey5times said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:15am | ! Report

      Ben, I’m curious.
      If we have Watson and Rogers opening, Hughes reinvented as a middle order batsman (let’s say at 5), Clarke at 4 and Khawaja and Cowan in a shootout for a top order spot at 3, who do you have at 6?

      • June 30th 2013 @ 9:21am
        Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        Haddin might be at 6

        Faulkner at 7

        • June 30th 2013 @ 9:36am
          Jameswm said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:36am | ! Report

          Not a chance. Haddin will be at 7. Khawaja and Hughes will be 5 and 6. Faulkner won’t play.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 9:44am
            Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:44am | ! Report

            If we are going to play Pattinson and Starc, then Faulkner certainly comes into play.

            Especially if Harris forms apart of the 3 main fast bowlers.

            Harris and Pattinson are injury probe.

            Starc and Pattinson are expense, but wicket takers.

            Faulkner gives Pup control.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 10:00am
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:00am | ! Report

              I don’t mind Faulkner coming in to the side ..very talented natural born fighter ..who has posted good stats in the shield and would have earned his place

              • June 30th 2013 @ 10:02am
                Lancey5times said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:02am | ! Report

                Sounds like Moses! How’d that work out?

              • June 30th 2013 @ 10:29am
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:29am | ! Report

                sorry lancey im a bit weak on that ancient book of rules stuff…what did happen to moses ..something about leading the jews to the promised land was it ? You’d have to say it was a spectacular failure in that case ! lol
                but if your discussing Faulkner in the side..he took a lot of wickets at his home ground of bellerive ..probably the most English like pitch in the country…and his stats are good a big fan of rewarding people who perform in our shield …someone recently pointed out starc has a shield ave of over 30 think Faulkner AND a few others have ave down around 22/ 23…also faulkner can hold a bat …and its no good if you don’t know how to fight … I have a bit of an in with a first class cricketer …apon asking him what the big difference was in stepping up from grade and futures league to 1st class …he said ” you gotta know how to fight ” I asked him why such and such got dropped ” he had no heart for the fight …they come really hard at you with every thing and if they cant get you out one way they are trying to knock your head off and it aint for the faint hearted ” imho FIGHT is underated on these sights

            • June 30th 2013 @ 11:13am
              Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:13am | ! Report

              And it would be a mistake to weaken an already fragile batting line-up by putting Haddin in the top six and playing an even-weaker #7.

              Reshuffling the batting order and scoring some runs against Overton, Hussain, Trego, Meshede and Dockrell is nice in terms of confidence but I wouldn’t read too much into it. If England’s bowling stocks are as bar as some Roarers would have us believe then this Somerset attack is barely worthy of mention.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 11:21am
                Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:21am | ! Report


            • June 30th 2013 @ 11:22am
              Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:22am | ! Report

              I don’t see Faulkner as one of Australia’s frontline bowling options just yet. And I’m not sure he’s a better batsman than Starc let alone a Test #7. Don’t think he’d add much to the side other than youthful exuberance/a short fuse.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 11:41am
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:41am | ! Report

                got a good ave from shield

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                June 30th 2013 @ 1:07pm
                Ronan O'Connell said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

                I agree with Disco. Faulkner’s only hope of playing in the opening Test was to bowl like a demon in the warm ups and get a gig as one of four frontline bowlers. That hasn’t happened. If the selectors want a leftie quick then Starc has clearly outbowled him and is more than handy with the blade too. That’s not to say he won’t get a run later in the series, perhaps even at 7, because strange things can happen. But I’m confident Australia will field a conventional lineup to start with.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 1:31pm
                Nudge said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

                Agree Faulkner is no chance. As stated our batting is our weakness so why pick some one in the top 7 who hasn’t even scored a first class century. Good to see a good performance by most in the Somerset match. Cowan siddle and Faulkner were probably the only ones who wouldn’t have gained any confidence and now those 3 may struggle for first test.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 1:48pm
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:48pm | ! Report

                I wouldn’t be picking Faulkner ahead of starc that’s for sure …just noted the ave’s which surprised me….and with Watson able to roll the arm over ..I agree he doesn’t get a gig

            • June 30th 2013 @ 3:40pm
              Bearfax said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:40pm | ! Report

              I like Faulkner but I would certainly at this stage not have him in the side with Watson there. We cant afford to have two all rounders yet again who do a little with the ball and a little with the bat. We can afford one, especially if its Watson taking on the new ball. But I would have Smith well before Faulkner at this stage. You know he’s going to get a score for you. Let Faulkner who has so far done little this tour, develop. He’ll be a good one, but I dont think he’s quite ready.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 10:01am
            Lancey5times said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:01am | ! Report

            My thoughts exactly. They will both play and I quite like those two at 5 & 6. They would have batted together quite a bit which helps. No Faulkner. I actually think Watson will still bowl despite opening. Just alot less than when previously fit.

            With no Mikey or Pup to support him at the selection table, Warner may not play again until the Australian summer. This works for me

            • June 30th 2013 @ 10:36am
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:36am | ! Report

              I agree if Watson bowls takes away the need for Faulkner …but WHY move pup for no reason ?… who is actually our best player of spin by a proverbial , further up the order …not to mention 5 is his preferred spot and where he consistently scores all his runs … does not make sense

              • June 30th 2013 @ 1:36pm
                Nudge said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:36pm | ! Report

                I agree davos Clarke should bat at 5 but it ain’t gonna happen. Boof wants him at 4 and who are we to disagree with the boofa

              • June 30th 2013 @ 1:53pm
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 1:53pm | ! Report

                to true nudge….. and everything else Boof is coming up roses…who am I to disagree ..although I do recall an ex test skipper or two saying leave Clarke in his preferred posn…we trying to win the ashes so why force your skipper out of his comfort zone …also nothing to be gained by putting hughes at 5 and possibly more exposure to spin

              • June 30th 2013 @ 2:45pm
                Nudge said | June 30th 2013 @ 2:45pm | ! Report

                Yeah I did hear that from Steve Waugh. I’m with ya mate I’d keep at 5. I’d have Watson Cowan Rogers Hughes Clarke khawaja

              • June 30th 2013 @ 3:13pm
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:13pm | ! Report

                think chappell might have said it as well…hard to disagree with your top 6…think warner a bit unlucky ..but with no lead up form what can u do … he should have valued his aussie jumper a bit more and not been out on the piss at 2 am

      • June 30th 2013 @ 9:21am
        davos44 said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:21am | ! Report

        Lancey I would have hughes at 4 …and leave Clarke at 5 if it aint broke don’t fix it no 6 …warner or Faulkner…if it was Faulkner I would have haddin at 6 Faulkner at 7…but my top 3 would be Watson opening with either rogers or cowan making up top 3 ..if khwaja plays have him at 6

        • June 30th 2013 @ 10:42am
          Praveen said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:42am | ! Report

          Disagree, khawaja is our best 3, Rogers, Watson, khawaja, Clarke, Hughes, Warner/smith should be our top 6

          • June 30th 2013 @ 11:00am
            davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:00am | ! Report

            he just scored a tour match 70 ..and well done …cut him a bit of slack and ease him into the order if you gonna play him…but nooo …lets chuck him strait into 3 …yere makes sense !

            • June 30th 2013 @ 12:44pm
              John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

              Praveen is spot on, KHawaja is a solid number 3 for the Bulls and previously for the Blues, and has averaged close to 50 there, he is our best option at 3 and boof knows this, Hughes stays at 5 and Cowan is under the gun if he fails the next match as Rogers and Watson will be better openers.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 12:18pm
            Renegade said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:18pm | ! Report

            chucking Khawaja in at 3 is like feeding him to the lions….

            • June 30th 2013 @ 12:45pm
              John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:45pm | ! Report

              UTK is our best option there at 3, perhaps we can have Rogers at 3 but i am inclined to leave Rogers as opener given that’s where he has batted for most of his career. Cowan simply is not doing enough and just not converting his starts and this after 20 odd test matches.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 3:54pm
                Amith said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:54pm | ! Report

                Khawaja is the most logical option for 3, he bats there in shield and is good at it.

        • June 30th 2013 @ 11:39pm
          Ads said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:39pm | ! Report

          Only thing is that it is broke, Clarke coming in at 5 does great things for his test average, doesn’t help the team win games though, things need to change. The best batter in a test side needs to be in the top 4 ideally 3 but I am willing to accept that 3 is a fairly specialist position and so Clarke at 4 is a reasonable compromise. This is particularly true when the sides batting is weak, coming in at 5 means he runs the risk of running out of partners.

          The folly of Australia filling their number 6 batting position with a bowler/all rounder can not continue. With 4 bowlers and Watson the bowling is well covered, the batting needs to be strengthened.

    • June 30th 2013 @ 9:34am
      Jameswm said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:34am | ! Report

      Cowan and Khawaja will both be in. Of the 8 batsmen, Warner and Smith will miss out. Its just a question of order, and I think hughes and Khawaja will be at 5 and 6

      • June 30th 2013 @ 9:43am
        davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:43am | ! Report

        james why is every one so hell bent on moving Clarke in the order ? …I think hughes is perfect at 4 ..and Clarke makes runs at 5 lots and lots and lots of them ..if it………………………..

        • June 30th 2013 @ 10:46am
          Praveen said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:46am | ! Report

          If Cowan fails in the next warm up he won’t play and we will Have Watson, Rogers, khawaja, Clarke, Hughes and smith as the 6, really good to see khawaja top score under pressure when e knew a 50 was required

        • June 30th 2013 @ 11:25am
          Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:25am | ! Report

          ‘Hughes perfect at 4’. On what basis do you make this staggering claim?

          • June 30th 2013 @ 11:51am
            davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:51am | ! Report

            well if he is in the side (which he will be )..where would YOU bat him ? He just made a well compiled and by all accounts classy 76 no batting no 5 I think it is just plain dumb to move your best batsman and player of spin out of his preferred position and up the order ( just because all the keyboard oracles think its a good idea…dont think Clarke wants too ) so if Clarke is 5 ..I would play khawaja..well actually I would prefer warner at 6..but lets say khawaja plays ..I wouldn’t throw him to the wolves at 3 ..think he is fragile enough ..youd want to build his confidence …that’s how I get hughes at 4 ….Watson rogers and cowan my top 3

            • June 30th 2013 @ 12:10pm
              Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:10pm | ! Report

              He is not ‘perfect’ anywhere. Personally, I would not play him at all. Even Warner would be a better bet.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 12:47pm
                John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:47pm | ! Report

                Hughes stays at 5, that will keep away from the moving ball, Rogers and Watson should open, Khawaja at 3 and CLarke at 4, only talk should be on whether warner or smith comes in at 6.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 3:56pm
            Amith said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:56pm | ! Report

            I tend to agree with John Edgar’s order, Watson and Rogers are our best openers, Khawaja is our best 3, Clarke is best at 4 and Hughes at 5. I am inclined to go for Warner at 6 but he lacks match practice. So a tough one there.

        • June 30th 2013 @ 3:47pm
          Jameswm said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:47pm | ! Report

          Think of it like this.

          1. I don’t think that batting 4 is that different from 5 for Clarke.

          2. How often does Clarke come in in a crisis at 3 for 40 and have to save us? Way too often. He should save us from 2 for 40 instead.

          3. Having your best batsman at 5 is a luxury unless you have Ponting, Hayden, Haynes, Viv etc in your top 4.

          4. Having batted all over the order myself, I don’t think there’s any logic to the thinking that Clarke has his best average at 5 so leave him there. Clarke batting at 5 has simply coincided with him being in the form of his life. If he’d been at 4 these last 2 years he’d have done just as well.

          5. How much easier did Clarke batting at 5 make it for Huss at 6? He would do the same for Hughes and Khawaja at 5 and 6, I don’t really care which way round. He helps the guys after him.

          I’ve thought longhand hard about it and am convinced that Clarke batting 4 is he best thing for the team.

          • June 30th 2013 @ 4:02pm
            davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:02pm | ! Report

            I agree with a lot of what u say …but I think Clarke prefers to stay at 5 …so thats a huge reason !!! (the mind is very complex) …also in regard to hussy I think HE could have batted anywhere he was that good and used to regularly open…think he would have made a great 4 actually ……and the last point I would make is I think 4 is hughes best spot !!!…down far enough from the new ball but still in a very very attacking posn…and Clarke is a better player of spin so have him at 5 instaed of hughes

            • June 30th 2013 @ 9:24pm
              James said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:24pm | ! Report

              clarke may prefer 5 but it means that the younger players around him dont have that rock to support them if he came in at 3 or 4. clarke will save australia a number of times but he cannot do it all the time, australia need a strong middle order. the middle order batsmen are coming in with the score hovering around 100 odd and having to save the game. how much easier would it be for them to come in after clarke or with clarke already settled and the score 3 or 4 for 150 or something. i think clarke staying at 5 is selfish and will in the long run lose australia more games then it saves.

              • July 1st 2013 @ 12:44pm
                davos said | July 1st 2013 @ 12:44pm | ! Report

                you could turn that around with Clarke getting out early at 4 ..and Australia really is up s…te creek..get the feeling you probably are a pom James and I don’t mind a bit of debate …but if its an Englishman telling me Clarke should bat up at 4 …I tend to think there is another reason to leave him where he is ….lol…you are definitely right Clarke has saved our a…e so many times and gone on to make good scores batting 5 that again I would say …why would you risk stuffing that up ?..

      • June 30th 2013 @ 3:49pm
        Nudge said | June 30th 2013 @ 3:49pm | ! Report

        The big problem with Warner not playing is Cowan Rogers Hughes or khawaja become our 2nd best outfielder behind Lyon which ain’t good. That means a lot of twos become threes and a lot more quick singles for the english. Warner can also jag a run out. If Warner plays I reckon he saves 20 to 30 runs in the outfield. So if you knew he was starting on 30 would you play him before Cowan or khawaja?

        • June 30th 2013 @ 4:09pm
          davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:09pm | ! Report

          I think a lot of people have been way to quick to devalue the possible contribution Dave warner could make to this series..his batting is inconsistent for sure but when he is on he could win you a game with a brilliant innings …I also overlooked how good he is in the field ….and also another thing he is apparently a very gregarious personality and he is well liked by his teammates that can be infectious

          • June 30th 2013 @ 4:31pm
            Nudge said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:31pm | ! Report

            Here here

          • June 30th 2013 @ 11:56pm
            Ads said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:56pm | ! Report

            A genuine query, when has Warner won Australia a test match?

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      June 30th 2013 @ 9:39am
      JGK said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:39am | ! Report

      “Stars” is overstating it a bit isn’t it?

      • June 30th 2013 @ 9:41am
        Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:41am | ! Report

        Didn’t see any of the other batsmen getting 50s on both digs.

        Hughes would’ve got 100 in the 1st dig but for the declaration.

        • June 30th 2013 @ 9:48am
          davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:48am | ! Report

          I would have put my hard earned on it Frankie …how many first class centuries would that have been ….22 ? all from a a 24 year old kid with much to learn who in the words of other poster’s “cant play swinging ball , can’t play spin and has very limited scoring opportunities and is really just a gde cricketer ” How DOES he do it ?

          • June 30th 2013 @ 9:51am
            Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:51am | ! Report

            Many just are blinded or haters towards Phil if you ask me.

            Yeah he burst on the scene with 2 tons and a 70 odd against South Africa

            That was all ways gonna be tough to live up to.

            He’s 24 and many claim he’s finished…

            VVS Laxman was deemed a nobody until that day in Calcutta.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 9:54am
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:54am | ! Report

              Ive been watching Hughsey score centuries since he was 11 years old…he was allways gonna get there …and he still has much improvement in him…he is the best closest natural ball watcher I have ever seen

              • June 30th 2013 @ 9:56am
                Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:56am | ! Report

                Throw in he’s all ways trying to improve.

                I still maintain Phil is a 10,000 run Test batsman.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 9:58am
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 9:58am | ! Report

                no argument from me

              • June 30th 2013 @ 10:12am
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:12am | ! Report

                goin back to you saying hughsey burst onto the scene with those 2 centuries against SA ..his rise thru the ranks since primary school was nothing short of meteoric …and I watched much of that live…and basically every thing went his way he was in everything he was picked in state u/19’s as a 16y old etc etc …I allways wondered what would happen if they ever worked him out which Harmy and Freddy eventually did…and all of a sudden there was his weaknesses for everyone to see ….( they don’t call it test cricket for nothing )…but he is such a determined fighter and a hard worker that you knew he would fight his way back ….and truly he is still very much a work in progress…but after witnessing all that I just have to chuckle to myself with everyone constantly writing him off ….you just know he is too talented and determined not to go on …I agree a 10’000 test runs player….and the amount of crap that gets written about him in a negative context is extraordinary ..I know for a fact these guys don’t ever read this crap posted by all the noughies …if he had… he probably would have necked himself it’s been that bad

          • June 30th 2013 @ 11:27am
            Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:27am | ! Report

            A pair of fifties away from the new ball against a poor county attack on what is always a road was clearly sufficient enough an aphrodisiac for your Hughes love-in.

            Now to Test cricket… Having seen him struggle in two Ashes series, look all at sea against Chris Martin, be shielded from the South Africans and fail in India, I can see where the reservations of these ‘haters’ might stem from.

            • June 30th 2013 @ 12:04pm
              davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:04pm | ! Report

              well khawajas 70 on the same track …has him strait into no 3 according to many

              • June 30th 2013 @ 12:12pm
                Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:12pm | ! Report

                Well, I’m not one of the many. 70-odd at Taunton against that attack is nothing to write home about.

                In my opinion Khawaja should have been long since a regular feature in the Test side – and would therefore ideally be at 3 by now – but since that’s not happened he should be re-blooded at 5 or 6.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 12:21pm
                Renegade said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:21pm | ! Report

                Spot on davos….

                The argument against Hughes is reversed and used as a positive for Khawaja….lot of haters.

                Personally, i’d have both in the side and drop Warner.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 12:48pm
                John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:48pm | ! Report

                Khawaja is into 3 because that’s where he bats in shield and successfully too, he should always have had that spot once Punter retired. Great to see him being tried at that position now.

              • June 30th 2013 @ 12:55pm
                davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:55pm | ! Report

                well if hed taken his opportunities when presented maybe he would be …all depends on if he can score runs at test level …still a big question mark hanging over that me thinks

    • June 30th 2013 @ 10:25am
      Tim said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:25am | ! Report

      LOL, the lad scores some runs against a few pie chuckers on a batting paradise like Taunton and this thread becomes like a testimonial to Hughes………i am just waiting for ‘The Next Bradman’ to be dragged out again

      In his defence, the lad is a fighter, but he is just flawed beyond redemption outside off, against swing and against spin….

      So Anderson will get him cheap if he bats top order or if he comes in at 5 before he is even out of the pavillion Swann would have been finishing his stretches

      Just a question to you all- how can you think he can be a factor in the Ashes when he was destroyed in both India and the CL?

      it is as if you are Melbourne fans and talking of making the Finals after beating the Dogs yesterday

      • June 30th 2013 @ 10:27am
        Frankie Hughes said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:27am | ! Report

        Cannon fodder Anderson…

        That all the Poms got?

        • June 30th 2013 @ 10:47am
          Praveen said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:47am | ! Report

          Frankie likes Hughes similar to how I like khawaja, both are needed fr us to win the ashes, khawaja at 3 and Hughes at 5 is he way to go

          • June 30th 2013 @ 10:54am
            davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:54am | ! Report

            yes Praveen but hughsey …has way better stats and 3 test centuries …khawajas got a 70 in a tour game so far ..admit he has been a bit unlucky with opportunity though

          • June 30th 2013 @ 10:55am
            Tim said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:55am | ! Report

            Khawaja has a hope, but Hughes will get destroyed in England…He will get dropped after the 1st 2 Tests is my prediction. But let us hope he proves me wrong

            • June 30th 2013 @ 12:50pm
              John Edgar said | June 30th 2013 @ 12:50pm | ! Report

              Tim and praveen are correct, Hughes has had so many more chances then Khawaja, a full series against Sri Lanka and India recently and hasn’t done well. I am not saying that he is not a good batsman but i can see why Praveen is so eager to see Khawaja play, he has been on the sidelines since the boxing day test thanks to uncle Arthur and now is finally getting his due chance. And i agree with Praveen that he can be a gun batsman for us in this series as he is finally getting some support after the forgettable Arthur era.

        • June 30th 2013 @ 11:34am
          Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:34am | ! Report

          No they’ve also got Overton, Hussain and Meshede, and Hughes smashed them!

        • June 30th 2013 @ 11:43am
          Disco said | June 30th 2013 @ 11:43am | ! Report

          I guess the fact that a bowler as dreadful Anderson is the first bowler picked by England shows just how weak a Test opponent they are.

      • June 30th 2013 @ 10:44am
        davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 10:44am | ! Report

        who was the last batsman to have 21 first class centuries aged 24 ?… I seriously have no idea there are not too many …I don’t mean to talk him up too much and sure he has his flaws …I am just trying to counteract the miles of negative sh*t written about the kid I think with what he has achieved so far it is blatantly unfair…can any one answer my question ? In answer to your question Tim ..he has scored runs in England before I see no reason that he wont again

        • June 30th 2013 @ 2:10pm
          Tim said | June 30th 2013 @ 2:10pm | ! Report

          When has he scored runs in England Davos?

          He averages 19 from his 3 innings in England with a top score of 36……………….

          • June 30th 2013 @ 2:55pm
            davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 2:55pm | ! Report

            ok sure I meant playing county and tour matches ..agreed he is yet to impress at test level there…. though he should now be better for the experience and knowing how hard he works on his game…expect to see him step up …his 76 no and 50 odd are good signs also

          • June 30th 2013 @ 7:33pm
            Jameswm said | June 30th 2013 @ 7:33pm | ! Report

            He’s scored runs in the last few days. You can’t judge him solely on facing Freddy 4 years ago.

      • June 30th 2013 @ 4:17pm
        davos said | June 30th 2013 @ 4:17pm | ! Report

        he wasn’t the worst Australian batsman in india he got 1 ok score and apparently he was very unlucky when fired lbw around fifty as well…he will learn to play spin better im sure

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