Originally Posted by Clapo
If you're going to pick Hughes, pick him has an opener. To do otherwise would just be ****ing crazy afaic. As has already been mentioned, Greg Blewett anyone?
Yeah, couldn't agree more.
I've been in the "anti-Hughes" camp for a while but there comes a time when he's done enough. I certainly don't think he had when people started calling for him but as much as I'd love to point out that Newcastle holds claim to the flattest pitch in history, he's played enough games for it to be a decent sample size now and he's been absolutely immense. If I was picking the team, I'd probably still leave him out if it, but I have no problems at all with him being picked if he is.
But yeah, there's no way he should be picked to bat in the middle order. That'd be ridiculous beyond all comprehension. If you really
want to squeeze both Jaques and Hughes into the lineup, I think Katich has to bat 4 with Hussey and Clarke moving down one spot each.