Must say that I slightly agree with wtfben here. Against everyone that isn't Flintoff he's looked absolutely fine, but Freddie has given him grief because of the high release and steep rise. Hughes will always struggle with this until he develops a decent pull shot or is prepared to wear the ball (something Steve Waugh used to be prepared for). Hughes seems keen on neither at the moment and hence will find himself struggling against the sharp rising ball.
Tall bowlers (that aren't rubbish ala. Morne) will always trouble him I reckon, as long as they get good sharp rise off the pitch. From all accounts Edgebaston is tarmac so I'd back him to make a score then, if he doesn't there then I think his confidence will be irrepairable for this series.
And I'm his biggest fan itbt (along with m00pheh).
The impression I've got is of one team doing well to keep an excellent batsman tucked-up, not of a joker looking like he hasn't got a hope. It takes quite some bowling to manage to keep that up for a full five-match series so Hughes may very well score something before long.
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Agree with Rich and Smitteh here, but I suspect if he's kept tucked up much longer he'll start to actually play badly at some stage.
Agreed. Hughes looks good, but tall quicks seem to trouble him, and his lack of height means that he keeps on getting bounced. Backing him to come good, I hope.
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Hughes is an extremely talented player but his talents are limited am afraid to the v square of the wicket on the offside.
Not sure where the origin of the phrase "with weaknesses like that, who needs strengths?" comes from, but it rings true.
Graham Gooch may have been exaggerating when he said he made 40,000 First-Class runs with three shots, but he wasn't exaggerating by that much.
Hughes needs to find a way to score, even just a single to get down the other end, to that line of bowling. He hasn't looked like going out to it against anyone but Flintoff though.
Hughes is clearly an egregious talent with a wonderful eye but he does have a very quirky technique that means perhaps more attention is going to be drawn to his foibles than they are with more orthodox batters.
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Clarke too like Hughes used to play a lot of flashy cut shots against the pace bowlers, and was predominantly an off-side, with a flick through mid-wicket or square leg being his only big scoring shots through the on-side.
Clarke even now is predominantly an off-side player, but he has developed his on-side game too, and most importantly Clarke has grown into a more patient batsman, who waits for the right balls to play his shots, and likewise Hughes too would tighten his technique and game with time, but atm he should be allowed to play the he wants to.
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