Phil Hughes shines on Test return for Australia in Hobart
Phil Hughes put Australia ahead on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka scoring a redemptive 86 in Hobart
Last Updated: 14/12/12 12:59pm
On his return to the international scene, at the venue he played his last Test 12 months ago, Hughes showcased a tight technique scoring 86 as the home side went to stumps at 299-4.
The 24-year-old replaced the retired Ricky Ponting at number three and narrowly missed out on a century in his Test recall, showing he has overcome the technical faults that led to his sacking a year ago.
Hoping to become a Test regular, Hughes said: "It was nice to get a few, it would have been nice to get three figures and a few more, but that's cricket. To get 80-odd was good for my confidence.
"I had to work on my leg-side play and I've done it and I feel like it's in decent order at the moment.
"It was a different position for me playing for Australia. I've always opened but I really enjoyed batting at three," he said.
"Getting runs behind me was nice. Now going forward I would really love to cement my place in the team.
"I've worked on my game. I knew I had to work on my technique.
"I was a lot more patient through my innings than I have been 12 months to two years ago, mentally knowing I've been here before is probably a good thing as well, but my technique, no doubt, feels a lot more comfortable."