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Phil Hughes gives Australia selectors a nudge with double-century in Sheffield Shield

Phil Hughes: Double hundred for South Australia

Phil Hughes enhanced his chances of an Ashes recall this winter after he smashed a superb double-century for South Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

The left-hander was overlooked for the opening Ashes Test in Brisbane next week after struggling in last summer's series in England, scoring only 83 runs in four innings before being dropped ahead of the third Test.

He had made a positive start with a battling, unbeaten 81 at Trent Bridge, but he followed up with a duck and made only a single in each innings at Lord's.

Hughes revealed the Cricket Australia selectors had encouraged him to force his way back into their plans, and he responded in style as he compiled a career-best 204 in the first innings against Western Australia in Adelaide.

When asked afterwards what the selectors had told him, Hughes replied: "It was very simple; just make runs, runs, runs and more runs.

"That's the message, and I know that. I've been in and out of the Test side for a number of years at the top level.

"Being dropped in England is behind me now and I'm not concerned about that one bit.

"But the selectors have been very supportive. I've been in regular touch and had some good talks with (chairman of selectors) John Inverarity over the last couple weeks."

Fellow opener Michael Klinger, who impressed for Gloucestershire in the County Championship last summer, weighed in with 125 in an opening stand of 253 with Hughes.

Who should open the batting with Chris Rogers for Australia in the Ashes opener in Brisbane?

  • Ed Cowan
  • Aaron Finch
  • Michael Klinger
  • Shaun Marsh
  • David Warner
  • Other