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Phil Hughes rues missing on a ton

Hobart: Phil Hughes was pleased with a knock of 86 on his return to Test cricket but could not hide his frustration at missing out on a century. Australia batsman Hughes fell 14 short of three figures as the hosts made 299 for four on the opening day of the first Test against Sri Lanka yesterday.

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Hughes looks dejected after being dismissed for 86 yesterday. PIC/AFP

The 24-year-old emerged from 12 months in the international wilderness as Ricky Ponting’s replacement and impressed. “I was just pleased to get out there and back in the colours again (with) a smile on my face,” he said.

“It was nice to get a few, it would have been nice to get the three figures and a few more, but that’s cricket, that’s how it goes and I suppose to get 80-odd is a good thing for my confidence going forward now.”

Hughes looked relatively untroubled throughout his innings, scoring freely early in his knock before knuckling down during a sustained period of tight bowling from the Sri Lankans either side of lunch. 

“It was an innings that started off quite good, but then they bowled well, then back to me and back to them,” he said. “That was just the flow of the day today (Friday) where they bowled an outstanding hour, then it went back to the batting side.

But overall at 299 for four the ball is in our court,” he added. Hughes was bowled by Chanaka Welegedara in the second over after tea, just as he was within sight of what would have been a fairytale century at the venue where he played his last Test against New Zealand a year ago.

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