By David O’Neill The diminutive opener’s dismissal in the second innings at Lords was one of many controversial decisions that went against the Australians in their attempt to haul in the massive 522 set for victory. Hughes was given out despite replays suggesting the ball may have bounced on the way into Andrew Strauss’ waiting hands at first slip.
Though the Australian camp can feel aggrieved at some terrible umpiring decisions, more of a concern will be the form of their young opener and his ability to handle the short ball. Speaking exclusively with the Australian Times, Hughes told us that he “was still thoroughly enjoying the battle.”
“They came very hard at me, and I see that as a challenge,” he said.
“It’s test match cricket and I expect it to be incredibly tough.”
We also quizzed him about the possibility of facing Steve Harmison in the third test, who caused the 20 year old plenty of grief in the lead up to the series. “It will be the ball that I’ll be playing and not the bowler and that’s the way I’ve always played,” Hughes said.
“England have a great bowling line up and the focus won’t be just on him if he does play. There’s three or four other guys that are bowling very good at the minute.”
Hughes following on from the verbal barrage he received from the South African quicks earlier in the year has also copped plenty from England’s spiritual leader – Andrew Flintoff. With youthful confidence on display, Hughes thought better of it than to tell us exactly what Flintoff has had to say but with cheek in his smile added “I don’t mind having a bit of a go back depending on the circumstance”.
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