A new direction for Hughes

TIES between Test batsman Phillip Hughes and Ricky Ponting are expected to strengthen now both are sharing management.

Hughes has linked up with James Henderson, director and chief executive of Dynamic Sports and Entertainment Group (DSEG), who also manages the affairs of the Australian captain.

Henderson lists his credentials as honorary CEO of the Ponting Foundation and is a former chairman of Greyhound Racing Tasmania, vice-chairman of Harness Racing Victoria and director of both Racing Victoria Limited and Thoroughvision Limited.

During a run of outs earlier in the season when even his place in the New South Wales Sheffield Shield squad was under a cloud, Hughes severed his long-term arrangement with mentor and coach Neil D’Costa.

Despite the break-up the Macksville-born star insists he and D’Costa remained close.

“He’s in India, I’m in Sydney, and the decision had to be made,” he told reporters.

“You have your ups and downs . . . that is sport, isn’t it?”

Hughes is now in New Zealand with the Australian squad and is pressuring for a return to the Test arena in the match starting on Friday at Basin Reserve, Wellington.



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