A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Scoring runs in Test cricket is my top priority as of right now, says Phillip Hughes

Hughes impressed a lot of people with his outstanding strokeplay

Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has announced that his top priority as of right now is to focus on scoring as many runs as he can in the longest format of the game in order to cement his place in the Test side.

During the recently concluded three-Test series against Sri Lanka, Hughes was selected to take the place of retired Australia captain Ricky Ponting and he did not fail to impress, scoring two half-centuries during the series.

Hughes managed to get in the 80s twice, but failed to convert it to triple figures, which was where his critics noted that his poor shot selection and lapse in concentration cost him the chance of adding two more centuries to his Test tally.

“This is the ground where things probably didn’t pan out perfectly on a personal note,” Hughes said. “Twelve months down the track, I feel like I’m in a better place now.”

Hughes’ solid performances in the domestic circuit immediately put him on the radar of the national selectors when Ponting announced his retirement during the South Africa series last year.

“I feel like I’ve done a lot of work,” Hughes added. “I knew I had to make sacrifices along the way and that was definitely one, to pull out of the Twenty20 comp last year, to work on my technique and become a better player.”

The 24-year-old, who comes in at number three, stated that his stint with England county side Worcestershire helped develop his game immensely.

“I feel now I’ve got both sides of the field covered and that’s something I had to go away and work on,” Hughes said. “The leg-side play was something big in my mind that I had to focus on.

“I’m free-flowing now. It’s easier when they do bowl straighter that I can work off my hip and off to the leg side.”

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