Hughes - I'm not worried
Phil Hughes has scoffed at suggestions that England will be able to bounce him out cheaply during the third Ashes Test.
Last Updated: 11/12/10 2:02pm
Phil Hughes has scoffed at suggestions that England will be able to bounce him out cheaply during the third Ashes Test in Perth.
Hughes described reports of his weakness against short-pitched bowling as 'hype' following his recall to Australia's Test side in place of the injured Simon Katich.
The 22-year-old opener has played just two Tests since he was dumped midway through the last Ashes series in England, both times filling in for other injured players.
During that 2009 series his frailties were ruthlessly exposed with a barrage of short-pitched deliveries from Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff.
And it looks highly likely that Andrew Strauss will again instruct his pace attack to hammer the batsman with yet more bouncers on the fast Perth wicket.
But Hughes, who says he has been working on his technique, remains undaunted by the threat.
"The media have got a hold of it and gone on about the short ball," he said in an interview with the Herald-Sun newspaper. "I'm not worried about it.
"I'm not concerned about the short ball at all. I won't lose any sleep over it. I've been working on my game.
"A lot of that stuff about me struggling against the short ball was hyped up through the Ashes, but I won't be changing a lot."
Hughes has scored just 201 runs from eight first-class innings at 25.12 this summer, although he did manage 81 for Australia A against England in Hobart before the Ashes series got underway.
HIs Test average, however, stands at 51.25, largely due to his impressive debut series against South Africa in March 2009.
Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden believes Hughes, a prolific run scorer in the domestic game, will rise to the challenge.
"I think there's people that comment about Phil's technique being this, that and the other thing," said Hayden.
"At the end of the day it doesn't matter. He scores the runs and he scores a lot of runs.
"Within the side, he's got a great mentor in Justin Langer, whose role specifically is to develop him.
"There's none tougher in the business than him, so he's got some really good support and I think that's going to make a difference in Phil's career."