Siddle says 'renaissance man' Hughes pivotal for Oz success in India
Sydney, Feb 7: Fast bowler Peter Siddle has claimed reinvigorated Phil Hughes would be the key batsman for Australia in their quest to glory against India on their home turf.
Australia would play four Test matches against India, starting on Feb 22 in Chennai, and Siddle believes in form Hughes could guide them to a series win in the sub continent, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Siddle said considering Hughes' form since his return in the Australian Test team, it is evident that he has changed his game for the best, adding that the left handed batsman's form in the one-day format has been outstanding.
Siddle added if Hughes could translate his form over to the Indian conditions, which will be a little bit different, then he is the one who will play an important role against India.
The quick further said if Hughes could get going and support captain Michael Clarke, David Warner and Shane Watson then Australia can get those big totals.
While admitting getting wickets through pace will be hard on the dry and spin-friendly Indian pitches, Siddle said the team needed to stick with what had produced results in the past.
Siddle said the Australians would be wary of veteran star Sachin Tendulkar despite his decision to wind back his on-field commitments, the paper reported.