Phillip Hughes is sick of defending his play against the short ball, but unless he can prove to England’s fast men that he can cope over the next week, the questions will keep coming on and off the field. Last year Hughes started the Ashes tour as Australia’s wonder child and left it with the reputation of being weak against bouncers.
Steve Harmison roughed Hughes up in a tour match and then handed over the duties to Andrew Flintoff as they had him hopping even more awkwardly than usual with his jumpy, country-made technique. He was dropped after two Tests and has played only two games since then, with the high being a frenetic 86 not out against New Zealand. Simon Katich‘s heel injury has allowed him a chance at Ashes redemption.
Full story: ESPNcricinfo
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