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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Friday, August 16, 2013
Phillip Hughes knows a thing or two
about being dropped and, as a result, he
feels better about his current exile than
his previous omissions. Hughes was left
out after two Ashes Tests in 2009 when
he struggled against the short ball, and
again after the home series against New
Zealand in 2011, when he became the
bunny of bowler Chris Martin and slip
fielder Martin Guptill.
This time, though, Hughes has been shuf-
fled out at a time when he is confident in
his own game.
Making way for the Old Trafford Test
was a harsh blow for Hughes, who at the
time was Australia s leading run scorer in
the first-class matches on this Ashes tour.
Even now, after two more Tests, he sits
behind only Test centurions Michael Clarke
and Chris Rogers on that list. His fighting
81 not out in the first innings at Trent Bridge
was followed by 0, 1 and 1. But Hughes
believes that despite the low scores, he is
in a much better place than he was after
his 2011 axing.
"It s never easy to be dropped but I feel
that one was tougher than this one, and
I m being really honest about that," Hughes
said. "I feel this one, it was only three bats
before I got dropped. I probably scored one
of my better Test innings so it s something
I m not overly concerned about. I feel my
game is in a really good place.
"Also I got runs in Sussex (in a tour
game)as well and I suppose the games that
have been on tour in Worcester, Somerset
and Sussex, I feel like I m hitting the ball
well. But I did miss out and had a real poor
game at Lord s. I suppose they re trying to
find the best combination and I wasn t in
that for the last two games and I respect
that. But hopefully I can get back in the
side sooner rather than later. I feel like my
confidence isn t shot at all.
"There is always pressure. I have always
felt pressure at this level. When you lose
there is more pressure. In my short career
in the past couple of years we haven t won
enough Test matches. You feel you are only
in the team for a couple of games. That
comes with losing. You need form nearly
every innings these days to hold your spot
and until we start winning that s going to
Hughes will have a chance to remind the
selectors of his tour form during Australia s
two-day match against the England Lions
in Northampton starting today. Peter Siddle,
Ryan Harris and Brad Haddin have already
traveled to London ahead of The Oval Test
but the rest of the squad is in Northampton
and there are a number of men who will
be searching for batting form, including the
Test No 3 Usman Khawaja and the wick-
etkeeper Matthew Wade.
"When you do play games there s an
opportunity," Hughes said. "Whoever plays
will have an opportunity and that s a good
thing. I haven t had an opportunity since
I got dropped---or got left out the side---so
I ve really been looking forward to going
out and playing some cricket and hopefully
push my claims forward with a big score.
It is always disappointing to get dropped,
but it s about moving on and I m not one
to dwell on what s happened."
Hughes said he had been given feedback
by the coach Darren Lehmann and the on-
duty selector Rod Marsh after being
dropped, and knew that one of his areas
for improvement was to ensure he gets a
start. That Hughes fell so early in his three
innings following the 81 at Lord s hurt his
chances of retaining his place in the side
when David Warner returned from South
"You have to take your chances. That is
something I didn t do at Lord s. What hurt
was scoring three very low scores after that
80," he said. "I missed out twice. I feel that
in my career I ve got a lot of low scores but
and get my scores up to 20s and 30s and
get more starts. My record would say if I
do that I go on with it. I have to get better
at getting through the first 20 or 30 balls."
MELBOURNE---New Australian citizen Fawad
Ahmed has been selected as the lead spinner in an
18-man squad for Australia s one-day and Twenty20
series in England and Scotland.
Ahmed was granted Australian citizenship in July.
He played 10 first-class matches in Pakistan before
arriving in Australia in 2010 seeking asylum.
"Fawad has been a consistent wicket-taker on the
Australia A tour of Zimbabwe and South Africa,"
national selector John Inverarity said Thursday.
"He is a mature and very good leg-spin bowler
and the national selection panel is keen to see how
he fares in international competition."
Michael Clarke will be skipper of the ODI squad
and George Bailey the vice-captain.
Shane Watson and Steve Smith join Clarke as the
only players from the test side that lost the fourth
Ashes match to be included in the ODI squad.
The first of two Twenty20s will be on Aug. 29 in
Southampton and the first one-dayer on Sept. 3
against Scotland in Edinburgh, followed by five against
England. The squad will be reduced after the Twen-
Somerset have agreed terms with Indi-
an legspinner Piyush Chawla with a view
to him joining the club for the rest of the
The BCCI have provided the requisite
No Objection Certificate but Chawla has
yet to gain the necessary visa. Somerset
are understood to have contingency plans
should the visa issue further delay Chawla s
They were hoping to have him available
for the next County Championship game
which starts on August 20 at Edgbaston.
Somerset, who were second in the
Championship in 2012, are currently up to
their necks in relegation trouble. With five
games left, they currently sit seventh in
the Division One table, eight points ahead
of Surrey, in eighth, but having played a
Surrey have just strengthened their squad
for the rest of the season with the signing
of prolific South African batsman Hashim
Somerset had originally signed Pakistan
left-arm spinner Abdur Rehman, who
played for them with success in 2012, but
he was obliged to pull out of the deal when
he was named in the Pakistan squad to
24-year-old Chawla played the last of
his three Tests, against England in Nagpur,
He has previously represented Sussex in
county cricket in 2009, where he took 36
wickets at 27.25.
Bangladesh left-arm spinner Mosharraf Hossain
and fast bowler Mahbubul Alam have confirmed
that they are among the nine individuals accused
by the ICC after ACSU s investigation on alleged
corruption during this season s BPL. Mahbubul met
BCB officials in Mirpur on Wednesday after which
he spoke to the media, while Mosharraf is in the
UK, playing league cricket.
Their confirmation follows those of Dhaka Glad-
iators team-mates Mohammad Ashraful and Kent
allrounder Darren Stevens, although the ICC has
declined to name any of the nine individuals.
"I have been given the charge letter," Mosharraf
told ESPNcricinfo yesterday. "I have met the ACSU
twice in Dhaka as part of their investigation. But the
matches they have mentioned, the scorecard says I
have done well. How can I do well and be involved
in such a thing? Someone must have made me a
On Wednesday, Mahbubul issued a similar state-
ment, claiming his innocence. "I received a charge
letter," Mahbubul said. "I have been accused of fixing
the matches that the Dhaka Gladiators played against
Barisal Burners and Chittagong Kings. They, however,
didn t say as to what my exact offence was. The
ACSU met me three times, but they only asked me
what I did.
"I am completely innocent. I haven t done anything
wrong. I am going to appoint a lawyer for the forth-
coming legal battle as soon as possible."
Mahbubul, who last played for Bangladesh in 2009,
featured in three matches for Dhaka Gladiators this
In his first match against Chittagong Kings, he
gave away 26 in two overs, which included a nine-
ball second over. In his next match, against Khulna
Royal Bengals, Mahbubul conceded 21 in his only
over, while in the third, against Barisal Burners, he
didn t bowl and only scored 6.
Mosharraf took 17 wickets in the tournament, and
was Man-of-the-Match in the BPL final.
Fawad Ahmad in
Aus ODI squad
among nine accused
AUSTRALIA'S ODI SQUAD
Michael Clarke (captain), George Bailey (vice-
captain), Fawad Ahmed, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James
Faulkner, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazelwood, Phil Hughes,
Mitchell Johnson, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Clint
McKay, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Adam Voges,
Matthew Wade, David Warner, Shane Watson.
Somerset eye up deal for Chawla
|Phillip Hughes made a fighting 81
at Trent Bridge, but was dropped
following scores of 0, 1 and 1 in his
next three innings.
Hughes: Form needed
nearly every innings
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