Hughes gives national selectors wake-up call with superb double century

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“Being dropped in England is behind me now and I’m not concerned about that one bit”

Despite not being included in the Ashes squad for the first Test in Brisbane, Australia batsman Phillip Hughes has given the national selectors a timely reminder of just how dangerous he can be after scoring a spectacular double century for South Australia in their Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia.

Hughes had a nightmare with the bat during the last Ashes series as he only managed to amass 83 runs in four innings before being dropped for the third Test at Old Trafford.

When asked what advice the selectors had given him after the last Ashes series, Hughes said: “It was very simple; just make runs, runs, runs and more runs. That’s the message, and I know that. I’ve been in and out of the Test side for a number of years at the top level.

“Being dropped in England is behind me now and I’m not concerned about that one bit.

“But the selectors have been very supportive. I’ve been in regular touch and had some good talks with (chairman of selectors) John Inverarity over the last couple weeks.”

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