Chappell says 'fighter' Hughes' renaissance example for young Oz Test hopefuls
Ian Chappell believes young Australian batsmen can learn a lot from the fighting spirit of Phil Hughes, who has constantly worked hard on his technique to earn back his spot in the Test team.
"As the Australian international calendar flips to Twenty20 mode, most young batsmen turn their thoughts to sixes, fours and an Indian Premier League contract. And then there's Phil Hughes," Chappell wrote in his column for News.com.au.
"While many young batsmen are delighted to get the opportunity to clear the front leg and smash balls into the stratosphere or play all manner of fancy premeditated shots, Hughes is a throwback in thought if not in technique," he added.
"Hughes' original technique was of his own making, devised to take advantage of irregular backyard dimensions but not necessarily suited to providing brick wall defence. Nevertheless, he couldn't be faulted when it came to making runs," he further wrote.
Chappell added: "At all levels, including on arrival in Test cricket, he knew what to do when he got set - amass centuries. A lot of hard work, followed by another barrage of first-class runs in a new environment, and Hughes convinced selectors he was worth another shot."
"Make no mistake, Hughes has dramatically improved his technique and his on-side play has benefited greatly. Importantly, he hasn't lost his greatest attribute; an ability to pierce the off-side field with laser shots that drive bowlers crazy," he wrote.
"It's an example many budding young Australian batsmen could copy, especially if they want to excel in all three forms of the game," he concluded.