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Hughes' Ashes hopes hinge on Hampshire

Hughes' Ashes hopes hinge on Hampshire

Opening batsman hoping stint with English county will lead to Ashes recall.

Sydney: Opening batsman Phillip Hughes is hoping a four-match stint with English county Hampshire will help him regain his place in the Australian Test team ahead of the Ashes series.

The 21-year-old lefthander was ruled out of the drawn series against Pakistan in England last month after having surgery to repair a dislocated left shoulder.

Hughes burst onto the international scene with two hundreds in his second test, against South Africa in March last year, but was dropped after two tests of the subsequent Ashes series in England and is now a backup to regular openers Simon Katich and Shane Watson.

"I am fully fit and just need time in the middle," Hughes said on Wednesday. "It has been frustrating to watch my mates play on TV."

first published:August 04, 2010, 14:24 IST