Hughes youngest to hit two centuries in a Test

March 9th, 2009 - 8:49 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, March 9(IANS) Australia opener Phillip Hughes has become the youngest batsman in Test history to hit two centuries in the second Test against South Africa in Durban.
The banana farmer’s son from Macksville was 20 years and 98 days old when he cut Morne Morkel to the fence to bring up his second 100 in the second Test Sunday to earn the distinction.

In the process he broke a 79-year-old record held by West Indian George Headley, who was called the black Bradman.

Headley was 20 years and 267 days when he did it in his third Test, Hughes went one better and did it in his second.

Ricky Ponting and Hughes shared a 164-run partnership, the captain guiding his young charge, urging him to apply himself and willing him to the triple figures.

Hughes spent 24 balls in the nineties before cutting a short ball from Morkel to the third man boundary.

Hughes said he needed to be patient.

“Every day is different. I had to grind it out.”

Australia has a 1-0 lead in what is being billed as the world championship of Test cricket.

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