Cricket: NSW opener Daniel Hughes scores third one-day 100 this season

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As Australia unveiled a new one-day opener in Adelaide, NSW veteran Daniel Hughes served another reminder that he’s ready in the wings after a second consecutive century and a third for the summer in the clash against Tasmania.

Test batter Travis Head was given first crack at replacing retired Aussie ODI skipper Aaron Finch against England and first crack to seal that spot ahead of next year’s World Cup.

Hughes, 33, who has never cracked it for international exposure despite nearly a decade ploughing out runs for NSW, cracked his ninth one-day hundred (101) for his state, including 10 fours, in Hobart.

It was his second one-day century in a row, having made 139 against South Australia in the previous game to go with the 117 he made in the opening game against Victoria.

Hughes not only has more than 1800 one-day runs for NSW, he’s done it at an average of just under 60. His nine centuries for his state is four more than the next best batters, a list that includes Aussie star David Warner.

Hughes has 357 runs from just four one-day innings this summer, his only miss coming when he was out for a nine-ball duck as NSW was embarrassed and dismissed for just 76 on a bowler-friendly WACA wicket.

The left-hander also put on a mammoth 207-run opening stand with Kurtis Patterson.

But as Hughes piles on runs for his state, Head has emerged as the frontrunner to replace Finch long-term in the national team after making scores of 101 and 89 opening in Pakistan earlier this year.

He knows he has the best chance to seal that spot and go to next year’s World Cup.

“So now 12 months out from one, to get my chance to be in the team is an exciting opportunity,” Head said before the match in Adelaide.

”But it’s trying to not put too much pressure on myself to do something different. I have had some really good success at the top, so I don’t want to change that and my mindset around that.

“I have played a lot of one-day cricket to know what is expected of me and what is expected to go out and perform. You can‘t look too far ahead, there is a lot of cricket to come. I just want to start really well on Thursday and play my role as best as I can.”

Originally published as Cricket: NSW opener Daniel Hughes scores third one-day 100 this season


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