Hughes set for one-day and Twenty20 call up
MACKSVILLE'S Phil Hughes is set to be one of the biggest winners when Cricket Australia names its contracted players list early in the New Year.
The 24 year old is set to complete the transformation from Australian cricket castoff to golden boy with selectors hoping Hughes can fill the void left by retiring veterans Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.
While Hughes has yet to claim maiden Australian one-day and Twenty-20 caps to go alongside his 19 test appearances, Cricket Australia believe the former Sawtell player could be a star in all forms of the game.
A strong test series against Sri Lanka and impeccable domestic form has helped the Left-Handed batsman return to prominence.
"This summer I have been the most consistent I have been across all forms of cricket," Hughes said.
"It can be tough, but it is good to score runs in all formats.
"I have worked hard and I look to keep improving."
Hughes is due to earn a base payment of $230 000 this summer however if he features across all three forms of the game his earnings could be closer to $1 Million.
Despite all the talk Hughes is trying to stay focused.
"From my perspective it is about making the most of my opportunities," Hughes said
"I'm concentrating on doing the best I can now and not looking too far down the track."