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Hughes to use Champions League in India to reclaim Test spot

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Sydney, Sep.16 (ANI): Discarded Australian Test dynamo Phillip Hughes will have his first net session with the New South Wales cricket team today as he begins his mission to reclaim the berth taken from him in England.

The Blues will be training for the Champions League, which begins on October 8, and coach Matthew Mott believes the devil-may-care nature of Twenty20 will invigorate an outstanding young player whose career and life have been turned upside down since his all-conquering debut Test series against South Africa earned him just three more innings in England before his sacking, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

"It's obviously a completely different format and it will allow himself to express himself and play his shots from ball one. It will be a great opportunity to let go of the shackles a bit, play his natural game.As he showed with his form when he played in the shortened versions last year, he's an unorthodox and very creative player. At the top of the order with David Warner, they'll feed off each other very well.

We're excited to see those two reunited," Mott was quoted, as saying.

Hughes and Warner should be dynamite in India. Even without unavailable Australian stars Michael Clarke and Brad Haddin, the Blues will field a crackerjack team in pursuit of the winners' purse of three million dollars.

Hughes, Warner, captain Simon Katich and tearaway pacer Brett Lee make NSW one of the heavy favourites but, as Mott said yesterday, T20 is such a lottery that favouritism is meaningless.(ANI)

Story first published: Wednesday, September 16, 2009, 11:13 [IST]
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