Hughes leaves UK with bag of runs

MACKSVILLE'S Phillip Hughes is coming home after a six-week stint in England that saw him score 882 runs in 13 innings for Middlesex.

The left-hander finished off his Ashes reconnaissance on a high, scoring his fourth hundred in a month in a one-day clash on Sunday night.

Hughes took full advantage of another flat Lord's deck by smashing 119 from 112 balls in the limited-overs clash before flying home in preparation for the upcoming pre-Ashes tour camp on the Sunshine Coast.

The 20-year-old has quickly come to terms with playing conditions in England by compiling three hundreds in his opening three first-class matches for Middlesex.

Hughes was the first Australian player to achieve the feat in England, a promising sign before the start of the first Ashes Test on July 8 in Cardiff.

The announcement of the squad for the upcoming Ashes tour is expected to be made this morning.



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