Home > News >

Phil Hughes upbeat ahead of ODI series against Sri Lanka

Phil Hughes upbeat ahead of ODI series against Sri Lanka

Philip Hughes is one of the three players, who played in the Test series against Sri Lanka, selected for the first two ODI matches © Getty Images

Melbourne: Jan 9, 2013

Australia has retained only three members from the Test squad that played against Sri Lanka, Phil Hughes is one of them, who will make his One-Day Internationals debut at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Friday.
 
“It’s opportunity for guys coming in now, there are a few new faces around the squad,” Hughes was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia’s official website.
 
“And for those guys that I suppose are rested for the first couple of games, they play that much cricket, they’ll come back fresher and fitter,” Hughes added.
 
Pacer James Pattinson and all-rounder Shane Watson were left out of the squad due to injury. As a result Hughes, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja and Ben Cutting are hoping to make their ODI debut with selectors keeping 2015 World Cup in mind.
 
“There is inexperience there but it’s a good thing if you look at someone like Aaron Finch and Usman Khawaja, they’ve played very well for their states this season so I suppose the experience is there for state cricket but not for international cricket,” Hughes said.
 
Hughes, who has already played 20 Test matches, has been called as a ‘veteran’ in the young side that faces Sri Lanka on Friday. However, the 24-year-old laughed off.
 
“I’m not sure about a veteran. I suppose I’ve been in and out of the set-up for a number of years now and it’s good to have that experience but it’s not that much experience.”
 
Hughes said that Michael Hussey’s decision to retire was based on the future of the Australian team.
 
“It comes down to selection. Mike Hussey – we know what a great player he has been for Australia for a long period of time now, it’s great that we got that win in Sydney for him and that series win for him as well.”
 
“He’s been outstanding and he really deserved to go out in that way. The decision is totally out of my hands and they (selectors) just think it’s the right thing going forward.”
 
Hughes returned to playing county cricket in England and topped in domestic limited overs competition in the Worcestershire batting charts. He had an average of 83 and said he is ready for all formats.
 
“I feel like I’ve come a long way in one-day cricket, my stint in England in County Cricket for Worcestershire I felt like I performed quite well and obviously at the start of the season for South Australia.”
 
“My focus has been all three formats, I’ve spoken about the longer form (Tests) and I’ve done a lot of work there but in the back of my mind in practice it’s about the short form as well, I want to be that complete batsman playing three forms one day. I feel quite comfortable with my one-day game these days.”
 
“It’s a format where you have to attack and that’s probably my natural game. Instinct takes over and I really like to get in the front foot and attack the game,” concluded Hughes.

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 20, 2014 (18:30 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 21, 2014 (13:00 IST)   at Bulawayo

Bangladesh Tour of West Indies, 2014

Aug 22, 2014 (19:00 IST)   at St George's, Grenada

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 23, 2014 (10:00 IST)   at Hambantota

India tour of England 2014

Aug 25, 2014 (15:00 IST)   at Bristol

More

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 19, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 61 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 17, 2014  at Bulawayo

South Africa won by 93 runs

India tour of England 2014

Aug 15, 2014  at London

England won by an innings and 244 runs

Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka, 2014

Aug 14, 2014  at Colombo

Sri Lanka won by 105 runs

South Africa in Zimbabwe, 2014

Aug 9, 2014  at Harare

South Africa won by 9 wkts

Photos

Highlights of Mahela Jayawardene’s Test career

Videos

Hughes explains technique behind cut shot

West Indies vs Bangladesh Live Cricket Score, 1st ODI at St George’s: Anamul Haque reaches his ton

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

England England vs India England vs India 2014 India India tour of England 2014 India vs England India vs England 2014 Pakistan Pakistan tour of Sri Lanka 2014 Pakistan vs Sri Lanka Pakistan vs Sri Lanka 2014 Sri Lanka Sri Lanka vs Pakistan Sri Lanka vs Pakistan 2014

Singapore Cricket Club hosts International T20 tournament featuring Cricket Club of India among others

Mohammad Aamer to make acting debut in a Pakistan film

ICC Women’s Championship builds excitement

Kapil Dev is an opportunist, says Hockey India secretary Narinder Batra

Anamul Haque reaches his half-century

Len Pascoe: There was a hospital ward named after Thomson and me

India tour of Australia 2014-15: 5 ways India can avoid another overseas embarrassment

MS Dhoni can benefit from borrowing the ‘Sourav Ganguly School of leadership’

Ravi Shastri inspired confidence as player and captain: Will he do it in a coaching capacity?

Bernard Tancred: Best batsman of the first South African side

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

659 Posts | 6 Fans

India tour of England 2014: Sunil Gavaskar says Indian batsmen did not learn anything

Aamir Khan: PK is my favourite film till date!

Department of Telecom may come out with policy structure this fiscal

ICC Women’s Championship builds excitement

Illness with Ebola-like symptoms kills several in Congo: Locals

5 reasons to eliminate gluten from your diet

Kashmiri separatists meeting Pakistani leaders is an `old tradition`: Vaidik

Mohammad Aamer to make acting debut in a Pakistan film

After Riteish Deshmukh, Sidharth Malhotra completes the ALS ice bucket challenge – Watch video!

Connect Broadband launches virus control system

Barcelona to lodge appeal with CAS after FIFA upholds transfer ban

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here