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Australia opening batsman Phillip Hughes has replaced captain Michael Clarke in the national team for the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.
Clarke was ruled out of the series after sustaining tendon damage to his hamstring.
“I know the guys in front of me and how well the Test side is going – just to be that spare batter and around the squad, that has always been my plan over the last 12 months,” Hughes said. “If a spot comes up I feel very ready to take it…but I’m happy to bide my time.”
Hughes has also been named in Australia’s Test squad for the two-Test series against Pakistan.
However, Hughes also admitted that it has been tough to constantly be in and out of the national team.
“I understand that when I was in there, I wasn’t consistent enough,” he said. “Going forward it’s about consistency and looking to score as many runs as possible.
“That is something that I have been working on and I’m probably doing it better over the last 12 months than the previous years.”
Meanwhile, Australia head coach Darren Lehmann revealed that wicketkeeper-batsman Brad Haddin will captain the Test team if Clarke fails to sufficiently recover from his hamstring injury.
“The thing is we want our best player playing,” Lehmann told cricket.com.au. “He’s been a fantastic player for us for over 100 Test matches now and we need our No.4 playing and making runs.
“We need him back and he knows that. All we can do is make sure that when he comes back, he’s right to go.”