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“Standing at the other end, I’ve got the best seat in the house when he goes off”
Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has revealed that there is no better feeling than “going out to bat with” Aaron Finch, especially since he has “the best seat in the house”.
In their ongoing ODI series against India, the pair have registered opening partnerships of 110, 74 and 68 and Hughes is hoping they can carry on making good starts for the rest of the series.
“Aaron’s very good to bat with,” Hughes said. “Standing at the other end, I’ve got the best seat in the house when he goes off. We’ve had a really good relationship over the last five to ten years actually. We roomed together at the academy and always kept in touch. Aaron’s just a fantastic guy and cricketer. I love going out to bat with him.
“The one disappointing thing is that we’d like to make the partnership bigger and try and take the game on even more. We’ve been quite consistent in the first three games and we’ve spoken about not looking too far ahead. Hopefully we can keep posting totals on the board and setting the guys that come in through the middle order.”
Hughes has also been impressed with George Bailey as the Australian captain is currently the second-highest run-scorer behind Virat Kohli with 220 runs at an eye-popping average of 110.
“He [Bailey] is really leading from the front,” Hughes said. “He is a real good character and we all love playing under George. He has been very consistent in the one-day format in the last 12 months. Again in this series, he has batted really beautifully, great to see the leader lead from the front.”
The last time Hughes was in India, he only amassed 147 runs in four Test matches at a dismal average of 18.37, and Australia went on to be whitewashed 4-0 by the Indians.
However, Hughes insisted that the national team had moved on from the thrashing.
“The Test series a few months back wasn’t as successful,” he said. “For us to lose that series 4-0 was extremely disappointing. I suppose the wickets are different and it’s a white ball. But there are a couple of things that I obviously picked up and worked on. That was the first time that I had toured India on an international tour and Test series. It’s a nice thing to have toured and come back and score a few runs.”
Hughes was also extremely grateful upon hearing that former Australia captain Ricky Ponting had branded him as the “best young batsman in the country”.
“That’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Hughes said. “It’s great when a great player of Ricky’s calibre comes out and says that and supports you. It’s a fantastic feeling. For me personally it’s just about being as consistent as possible and continuing to keep performing. I’m just grateful to be in this one-day side. I want to keep putting consistent scores on the board and hopefully set up wins for Australia.”