Hughes out on stroke of lunch
MACKSVILLE product Phil Hughes was dismissed on the stroke of lunch yesterday against England on day one of the Fifth Ashes Test at the SCG.
Chris Tremlett was rewarded for some fine bowling through the morning when he angled across Hughes to draw an edge to third slip Paul Collingwood.
The left-hander had shown some promising touch but will look upon the innings as another failure – he has been unable to reach 50 in five innings for the series.
England quick James Anderson found no great swing but some seam, concentrating on bowling at the body of Hughes rather than offering any room outside off stump.
For once this line of attack did not cause Hughes too much trouble, and he made a start with a leg-side deflection before unfurling a gorgeous on-drive to show he had corrected the crooked forward stroke that Tremlett exploited in Perth.
More runs were cuffed by Hughes through point and cover, and despite tidy bowling the 50 stand with Shane Watson was raised in 98 minutes from 123 balls.