Batsman Michael Hussey was run out in his final Test for Australia
Australia have always been known as one of the most athletic sides in international cricket, but batsman Phillip Hughes may have shot that reputation down after stating that the number of players dismissed via run outs during the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka was an absolute joke.
During the three-Test series alone, run outs resulted in four Australian batsmen getting out and Hughes believes that while it may not have proved costly against Sri Lanka, it sure could have been the turning point in matches against higher ranked opposition like India and arch-rivals England.
“There were two run-outs [in the third Test],” Hughes said. “I think that’s four in the series. That’s something we’ve got to look at going forward.
“It’s never nice to be run out, especially in Test cricket, the big moments. That’s something we’ve got to address going forward.”
Whenever a run out occurs, opening batsman Ed Cowan always seems to be the culprit behind the bad call, which has ended up in himself getting run out twice and another batsman paying the consequence on a separate occasion.
“It’s never nice to get run out but we know that’s cricket at the end of the day,” Hughes said. “You could tell even looking from the side, Pup [Michael Clarke] was obviously disappointed.”
When asked what the solution to this crisis might be, Hughes said: “Call louder and clearer? Seriously though, It’s something we’ll talk about. Three (run outs) for the top three and four in the series. It’s something we’ve got to look at going forward and stop that.”