Worcestershire sign Australia opener Phil Hughes

Worcestershire have signed Australian Test opener Phil Hughes for the second half of the 2012 season. Hughes will arrive at New Road during the first week of June 2012.

“I’m absolutely thrilled to be heading back to England in 2012. Worcestershire is a quality organisation and I can’t wait to meet my new teammates and re-acquaint myself with English conditions”, said Hughes.

“My previous stint in England helped my batting enormously and I have high expectations that spending the 2012 Australian winter in the UK will do the same.

“I look forward to helping Worcestershire be a force in all forms of the game in 2012.”

Hughes earned his call-up to the Australian team aged just 20 and soon became the youngest player to score successive centuries in both innings of a Test Match. During his Test career, Hughes has scored 1048 runs in 16 matches.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said, ” To gain the signature of the current Australian Test match opener is a tremendous boost for the club and the players for the 2012 season.

“Phil is a heavy run scorer with a career ratio of a century every four games in first-class cricket.

“In 2009, he amassed 574 first-class runs in three games for Middlesex, including three centuries, which demonstrates his hunger for run scoring.

” I look forward to working closely with Phil during the second half of the season.”

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