Out of favour former national batsman puts on a brave face.
Former Australian opener and first-drop batsman Phil Hughes says he does not feel jilted after being overlooked by national selectors for a place in the top side for the fifth and final Ashes Test.
With injury concerns to Ryan Harris and Shane Watson, selectors have elected to bring in rising star Alex Doolan, in case Watson is unlikely to be passed fit.
Despite having a better record than Doolan this domestic season, the fact Hughes has never grasped his chances at Test level could have acted against him, not that the man himself was showing any signs of frustration when asked about not being selected.
“It’s fine,” Hughes said.
“I’m really happy for Alex and I actually gave him a message this morning when I found out. He’s a very good player and a promising player for Australia for the next few years.”
Hughes has scored 549 Sheffield Shield runs this seasons at an average of 61, with his three centuries including a double-ton. Doolan has made 391 Shield runs at 39.10.
“I couldn’t tell you, all I can do is keep putting numbers on the board and an opportunity will come up in the future, but you would have to ask the selectors that,” he said.
“I know the drill. I have been in and out of that team for a number of years now and I know how it works.
“It’s just about putting performances on the board and hopefully you get a call one day, and just be ready if you do get that call.”