Cricket
Hughes ready for Middlesex clash

By Tim Clarke 25/05 Updated: 25/05 21:36

AUSTRALIAN opener Phil Hughes will go straight into Worcestershire’s side to face Middlesex in the Clydesdale Bank 40 at New Road on Sunday after landing on English soil yesterday (Thursday).

The left-hander arrives at Worcestershire keen to prove to the Australian selectors that he is worth a recall to the Test side having taken part in a Cricket Australia training camp, which delayed his arrival in England.

The Royals’ director of cricket Steve Rhodes believes Hughes’ determination to force his way back into the Australia side could pay huge dividends for Worcestershire.

“It will be a very exciting time,” Rhodes said.

“He has obviously got a point to prove and would desperately love to get his place in the Australia side back, so that can be a massive benefit to us at Worcester.

“I’m looking forward to seeing him perform in all formats including the t20 which will soon be upon us.

“Phil just wants to score runs and if he’s doing well for us and other players are not flying then I’m sure he’ll push himself back into contention.”

Sunday’s game starts at 1.45pm.

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