Phil Hughes’s double century has helped Australia A beat South Africa A by 148 runs in one-day match at Marrara Oval in Darwin.
Hughes made an unbeaten 202, the highest score by a male Australian in a list-A fixture.
He brought up his ton in the 38th over, then went on to score his second 100 in 47 balls, finishing the innings with a six to bring up his double ton.
Moises Henriques supported Hughes at the crease with a career best 90 runs to help Australia A finish their innings at 3-349.
Despite the knock and some instantaneous calls for his return to the top team on social media, Hughes is taking a wait-and-see approach to his chances of joining Michael Clarke’s side once more.
“That was a great feeling to come back, after being away for a week and to get 200. The first time I have ever scored one in this format – it’s a day I will never forget,” Hughes said.
“To help the boys get over the line today was a real good feeling.”
Making the innings more memorable was the battle Hughes faced on a pitch that was a little unpredictable early in the innings, and he was ecstatic with the knock and the one played by Henriques.
“Our plan was to get through that first 15-20 overs, build a partnership and cash in at the end,” he said.
“Moises played beautiful and showed really good intent from ball one, and made my job easier at the other end.
“All I have to do is continue to score consistent runs and help set up and win games for Australia A.
“Everything else is out of my hands and out of all the boys hands. The boys are putting some really good performances on the board individually. It comes down to the selectors at the end of the day.”
Hughes, who has been dealing with family issues dedicated the knock to his ‘pop’.
“I can definitely dedicate this to my pop, especially my dad as well. It’s sad times for the family, but that’s life really and I can give this one to pop.”
Kane Richardson performed with the ball again, taking 4-45 while Cameron White and Cameron Boyce both picked up two wickets each as South Africa A were bowled out in the 38th over, 148 runs short of their target.
HUGHES RECORD-BREAKING KNOCK:
*202 not out from 151 balls at strike rate of 133.77
*Moved from 110 to 202 in the final 10 overs of Australia A’s innings
*Scored 18 off the last over, and 19 off the 48th over
*Hit 18 fours and six sixes.