Hughes holds Ashes hope
Australia opener Phil Hughes is hoping his boyhood dream of playing in an Ashes series will come true this summer.
By Joe Drabble
Last Updated: 20/04/09 4:25pm
Middlesex opening batsman Phil Hughes is hoping his boyhood dream will come true this summer as he attempts to play his way into Australia's Ashes squad.
The 20-year-old has been snapped up by the Panthers for the first six weeks of the domestic season following an eye-catching start to his international career.
The aggressive left-hander made his Test debut on the recent victorious tour of South Africa and scored 415 runs to help inspire the Aussies to a 2-1 series win.
Hughes already has two Test centuries to his name after scoring 115 and 160 in Durban, and the promising youngster is hoping to cement his place at the top of the Australia order ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series.
"I'm at Middlesex for six weeks and I'm thoroughly looking forward to it and obviously the Ashes will be here not long after that," he said.
"Hopefully I'll be there and that will be a massive thing. The hype around the Ashes is always massive all around the world. It's a five-Test series that as a kid I always wanted to play in.
"I don't really know what to expect because I have not been here before so we'll have to wait and see how it pans out."
Australia will renew their rivalry with England without talismen Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne and Adam Gilchrist to name but a few when the highly-anticipated series gets underway this summer.
However, in what is still very much a transitional period for Ricky Ponting and his troops, Hughes is confident the current crop of younger players is still strong enough to keep hold of the precious urn.
"You saw in South Africa that there are a few new faces around - your Marcus North's, your Ben Hilfenhaus' and obviously myself," he said.
"We have come off a series win in South Africa and the guys are pretty pumped about that. That's what you play cricket for, to play with your mates and to enjoy it and to wins games of cricket."