Hughes hits out in 2nd innings

MACKSVILLE’S Phillip Hughes hit an unbeaten 86 from 75 balls to guide Australia to a 10-wicket win over New Zealand in the first Test in Wellington yesterday.

Hughes struck 12 fours and one six in his swashbuckling innings while opening partner Simon Katich played an anchor-man role with his 18 not out from 65 deliveries as Australia reached their target of 106 without loss and with two sessions to spare.

The unbeaten knock has lifted Hughes’ batting average in his seven Test match appearances to a very respectable 51.25.

Hughes, 21, was recalled to the side in place of the injured Shane Watson who is hoping to recover from a thigh-muscle strain for Saturday’s second and final Test in Hamilton.



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