While we wait for some more international cricket, here is some light relief from the Sheffield Shield (remember that is the official name now). In short, the Shield holders, the Blues, can’t take a trick. NSW are languishing in the cellar with zero wins from five attempts and have lost three matches outright. On Thursday, they went down to Tasmania in a low scoring thriller, with the Tigers making the highest score of the match in the fourth innings.
The good news for the Blues and Australian cricket that 19 year old Phillip Hughes continues to shine. Hughes burst onto the seen last year with a spectacular 161 and followed up a few matches later with a century in the Shield final. He is a left-handed opener (not very original, I know) with more potential than Kit De Luca (name the movie). That’s good news because Matthew Hayden (left-handed opener) can’t go on forever. Phil Jaques (left handed-opener) is flat on his back and Chris Rogers (left-handed opener) was less than impressive with somewhat of a false start last summer. He’s probably still at the head of the queue with 3 centuries (including twins against his old team) and an average of 88.7 thus far this summer.
In the match against Tasmania, Hughes made 93 in a total of 172 and backed up with 108 in a total of 173. For that match, that is 201 runs of the Blues’ 345. That’s a percentage of 58%. While that sort of ratio happens on occasion for an innings (as an indication, the Test record is mid-sixties), it is rare for a player to achieve it in both innings of a match.