Proteas have plan in place to stop Hughes onslaught

March 14th, 2009 - 4:22 pm ICT by ANI  

Melbourne, Mar 14 (ANI): South Africa has vowed to keep Australian opening sensation Phil Hughes under check after he hit two consecutive centuries against them.

Following his maiden century in the second Test in Durban, South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said Hughes was a player who scored freely square of the wicket.

Hes quite hard to bowl at. We think we need to bring him forward. We couldnt quite do that today. There wasnt enough pace in the wicket and weve certainly seen a chink in the armour against the short ball but again the wicket was too slow in that first session to do that, Arthur said.

But more success followed for Hughes, who made another hundred in the second innings in Durban, becoming the youngest player to score two centuries in a Test match in cricket history, FOX Sports reported.

Weve allowed him to play the way that he wants to play and we havent really attempted through our skills to make him do anything different, captain Graeme Smith said.

Its up to us now to hopefully go to Newlands (for Thursdays third Test in Cape Town) and look to execute those game plans a lot better than what we did here, he added.

Hughes has thrown the opposition camp into disarray with his style of backing away and crashing the short ball through the off-side. (ANI)

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