Daniel Hughes has a fairly easy secret behind the manufacturing of one of the excellent, and probably under-recognised, one-day information in Australian cricket.
On Thursday night time, on his thirty fourth birthday, the NSW opener bashed out a fourth century in simply six video games this season, taking his common to 87 to go together with a profession common of 60.
It was his tenth one-day hundred for the Blues in simply his thirty eighth recreation and knocked out in entrance of nationwide choice chief George Bailey.
Hughes turned simply the third participant within the competitors’s historical past to make 4 tons of in a season, and he has one other 4 video games left to make it 5, which might be a primary.
To amplify what a surprising file Hughes has, his haul of 10 one-day tons of for NSW is twice the quantity some other participant has scored for the state, which has produced a number of the best batters in Australian historical past.
His innings of 126 in an enormous win over Tasmania on Thursday at North Sydney Oval got here as Bailey prepares to select a squad for an upcoming ODI sequence in India.
The potential for some new names, with the majority of the ODI crew engaged in a four-Check sequence, may very well be excessive, and on the peak of his powers, Hughes may lastly get to make a world debut.
He’s the one participant among the many seven to have scored 10 or extra home one-day centuries to not play for Australia, and he hoped his efforts bought Bailey’s consideration.
“I haven’t had a phrase to Bails, no. I’ve scored the runs, now it’s as much as him,” Hughes mentioned.
He has plundered greater than 6000 first-class runs for NSW since his debut in 2013 and has eight Sheffield Defend centuries to go together with his 10 within the one-day recreation
However not solely has he by no means performed for Australia, he’s by no means been named in an Australian squad.
Hughes has the second most quantity of one-day runs for NSW, transferring previous 2000 on Thursday night time.
He put his success towards the white ball down to at least one key factor.
“I’m a fairly easy man and maintain issues fairly easy on the market,” he mentioned.
“Easy recreation plan, fairly fundamental to be sincere. I don’t take too many dangers.
“I’ve simply saved that form of mindset all through one-day cricket, take a threat when it’s in your favour, and when it’s not, take your drugs and get a one. That’s been my blueprint and it’s going nicely.”
Australia performs 11 one-day internationals earlier than the World Cup begins in October, with six happening in India (three in March, three in September) and 5 in South Africa.
DANIEL HUGHES 100s in 2022-23
117 v Victoria
139 v South Australia
101 v Tasmania
126 v Tasmania