Hughes prepared for Ashes
Phillip Hughes believes his record-breaking stint in county cricket has left him fully prepared for the Ashes series.
Last Updated: 23/06/09 8:33am
Australia opener Phillip Hughes believes his record-breaking stint in county cricket has left him fully prepared for the upcoming Ashes series.
The 20-year-old left-hander arrived back in Australia on Friday after notching four hundreds in four weeks with Middlesex.
His knocks included 118 on debut against Glamorgan, 139 against Leicestershire and 195 against Surrey at the Oval to become the first Australian player to score centuries in his opening three first-class games in England.
He also played on three of the five Ashes venues ahead of the Test series against England in July and August.
"I thoroughly enjoyed it and the preparation has been great to be honest," Hughes said.
"Lord's was obviously my home ground for Middlesex and I played at the Oval and Edgbaston as well. It couldn't have really worked out any better.
"The big thing was just going over there to experience the whole different culture, the weather, the wickets and the bowlers as well."
His successful stay at Middlesex has led to comparisons with the great Sir Don Bradman.
He surpassed the legendary batsman's debut season in England by plundering 574 runs from just five first-class innings, while a 21-year-old Bradman amassed 556 runs in as many knocks in 1930.
"It is flattering (to be compared with) the world's best player and the best player anyone's ever seen," added Hughes.
Last year, the New South Wales left-hander bettered Bradman's Sheffield Shield record for the greatest two-innings contribution to a team's total and scored his first 1,000 domestic first-class runs at a younger age than "The Don."
In March he became the youngest player in Test history to score two centuries in a match (115 and 160), managing the feat against South Africa in Durban.