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.