Saturday 20 January 2018 / 05:51 PM

Hughes' double-ton & touching dedication

Phil Hughes created history last week plundering an Australian List A-record 202 not out for Australia A against South Africa A in Darwin. The remarkable knock, which eclipsed David Warner’s 197 for NSW in the last season’s Ryobi Cup, came off just 151 balls.

Hughes needed a boundary off the last ball to bring up the double-ton, and duly swatted a six over the mid-wicket boundary to achieve the unprecedented milestone.

Watch highlights of the innings below, and Hughes’ touching dedication of his innings to his grandfather, who recently passed away.

Despite the record-breaking effort, the enigmatic Hughes missed selection in Australia’s 14-man ODI squad for the upcoming series against Zimbabwe. Nathan Lyon, and all-rounders Mitch Marsh and Ben Cutting earned recalls instead, while paceman Clint McKay was another notable omission.

But chairman of selectors Rod Marsh indicated the swashbuckling Hughes was still very much in the frame for February’s World Cup.

“We would have loved to pick Phillip but it’s quite difficult to find the spot for him with a strong batting line-up,” Marsh said.

“He was in superb form during the recent Australia A one-day matches, including a stand-out double-century, and the NSP (national selection panel) will certainly be continuing to watch him closely.”


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