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Phil Hughes gets Callum Ferguson’s backing for Australia selection

A video of Australian cricketer Callum Ferguson backing left-handed batsman Phil Hughes for national selection, after the latter was ignored for the tri-series in Zimbabwe next month.

Australia’s chief selector Rodney Marsh on Tuesday said that all-round skills that Steven Smith have helped him pip the in-form left-handed batsman Phil Hughes for selection in the national squad for One-Day International (ODI) tri-series in Zimbabwe next month. South Africa is the third team in the series.

Hughes smashed a record 202 not out for Australia A but was still overlooked for the tour next month. Despite Smith not having adequate experience in the 50-over format, and having played only two ODIs since July 2012, selectors preferred him due to his all-round skills.

“We’ve asked him [Phil Hughes] to go away and he’s gone away and made runs and he’s still not in. I feel very sorry for Phil because he’s a terrific young bloke and he’s obviously got a lot of skill but on this occasion we wanted to get Steve Smith back in the side,” Marsh was quoted as saying by SEN.

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