Phil Hughes first downpayment to stay in Australia's Test team

In his first Test innings back Hughes was bowled by Chanaka Welegedara in the 59th over with a delivery that speared through a gap between bat and pad and crashed into his off-stump. But in his time at bat the 24-year-old showed enough improvement in his technique to raise hopes that he may yet become a Test regular for Australia.

updated: December 14, 2012 18:29 IST
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Hobart, Australia: Phil Hughes unfurled a couple of new shots in his comeback Test knock of 86 against Sri Lanka in Friday's Hobart series opener in his efforts towards remaining in the Australian team.

Hughes, batting at number three rather than his usual opening spot, narrowly missed out on a restorative century in his Test recall to offer early evidence that he has overcome the technical shortcomings that led to his sacking 12 months ago.

The compact left-hander showed more patience and greater shot selection at his latest and third Test recall in the wake of Ricky Ponting's retirement, batting for 221 minutes and hitting eight fours and an unorthodox slog-sweep six.

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