Hughes puts IPL lure on hold, working for Ashes berth

January 18th, 2009 - 5:36 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Jan.18 (ANI): New South Wales opener and Test hopeful Phillip Hughes had the choice of filling his pockets with rupees or filling his boots with experience, but he seems to have chosen the latter.
By putting the lure of the Indian Premier League on hold and heading to England, Hughes is positioning himself perfectly for an Ashes berth.
The focused 20-year-old has been offered contracts worth hundreds of thousands of dollars by three IPL clubs. After discussions with those closest to him, he has chosen to play county cricket after the Australian season. He will earn less for more work and miss out on the glamorous Twenty20 festival - but it could be the difference in his quest for inclusion for the trip to England.
He has offers from Durham and Middlesex. He is more likely to join Middlesex, who play at Lord’’s.
Hughes may be named for the South African tour, to be announced in early February, but his Ashes hopes will rise because by the time that squad is announced Hughes would have spent nearly two months in England.
“Choosing to go to England is an investment in his future,” former national selector John Benaud said.
Greg Blewett, who played six of his 46 Tests on the 1997 Ashes tour, believes Hughes’’s decision will heighten his selection prospects.
“It will be a very good thing for him to play over there beforehand. The tour doesn”t start for quite a while after the start of the county season, so he”ll get some good quality time in England, getting used to the conditions, Blewett said.
Blewett said England wasn”t the kind of place you”d want to play a Test without having first become familiar with the environment.
“Phil seems like he’’s got his mind switched on and a path mapped out for him and I think this is definitely the right way to go, to get over to England and experience what it’’s like to play there,” he added. (ANI)

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