Run feast brings triple the fun for Hughes
WHEN New South Wales selectors and coaches said the key to making the Sheffield Shield team was making runs and taking wickets, Daniel Hughes obviously took notice.
Hughes thrust his name in front of selectors' noses with a Toyota Futures League record score of 300 not out when NSW second XI played Tasmania at C.ex Coffs International Stadium this week.
The left-hander spent a marathon 568minutes at the crease, where he faced 471 balls and smashed 34 boundaries and cleared the rope five times on the way to the incredible milestone.
One Hughes admitted he'd never dreamed of.
"I didn't ever think I would get 300," Hughes said.
"It's an absolute privilege for me to get 300, especially in the Futures league for the Blues and as captain as well, that's very pleasing."
Already the 26 year-old has received feedback that the long stay in the middle was exactly what selectors were looking for.
"I had a couple of meetings with the coach and he said I'm doing everything possible for them to pick me - just keep doing what you're doing, everything you're doing is sensational, just keep piling on the runs," he said.
"He said the guys up in the first team know that I'm putting on the runs and the pressure's on them. If they don't perform, then the opportunities will come, but all I can do is keep scoring runs at every level I play and that's all I can control."
The Cowra-product is probably more well known from his Big Bash League stints with the Thunder and Sixers rather than his ability to bat for a day and a half.
It's an innings he said would give him a lot of confidence moving forward.
"Just to know that I can actually do it, play those long innings.
"Fitness has been an issue for me in the past, so just to know that I can go out there and bat those long periods of time is really pleasing for me," he said.