The Australian enigma that is Phillip Hughes has once again reminded everyone of his undoubted abilities as he plundered an unbeaten record-breaking double-hundred for Australia A against South Africa A in Darwin.
The 25-year-old became the first Australian male to hit a double-century in a limited overs game, eclipsing David Warner's 197 for New South Wales against Victoria last October.
It took Hughes just 151 balls to score his 202 runs, striking 18 fours and six sixes, including 44 runs from the final three overs of the innings.
Heading into the final over Hughes had 184 runs to his name and looked unlikely to reach his milestone. However, Hughes had other ideas as he hit 18 runs to break the record, including a six off the final ball which brought up his double-hundred and ended Warner's brief spell as record-holder.
Hughes achieved a strike rate of 133.77 in his innings as Australia A ended their 50-overs on 349-4, with another Australian hopeful Moises Henriques hitting 90 from 85 balls. Australia then bowled out their shocked opponents for just 201 in 37 overs to achieve a huge 148-run victory.
Despite achieving the highest score by an Australian male in 50-over cricket Hughes fell short of the all-time record which was achieved by female cricket legend Belinda Clark who struck 229 off 155 balls against Denmark during the 1997-1998 Women’s World Cup.
It has been a roller-coaster year for Hughes. Last English summer Hughes was dropped from the Australian Test side after some indifferent form but then returned to domestic cricket in Australia and scored heavily in the 2013-14 Sheffield Shield competition. As a direct result of this he was recalled to the Australian squad for their tour of South Africa but was unable to force his way into the side ahead of Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh.
Hughes will now be hoping to add to his current International record. He averages 32.65 in 26 tests and 36.66 in 20 ODIs. His last one-day game for Australia was against India in November. There is no doubt that Hughes will have one eye on next year's 50-over World Cup on home soil but more immediately he will be hoping for selection for Australia's tri-series against South Africa and Zimbabwe which begins this month.
The left-hander will face some fierce competition for an Australian shirt but this innings, along with an unbeaten century against India A in Brisbane earlier this month, will no doubt keep him at the forefront of the selectors thinking.
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