Sydney: Australian batsman Phil Hughes has claimed he has watched video footage of Alastair Cook’s batting on the Indian pitches during England’s Test series win in the subcontinent last year to prepare himself for their upcoming tour.
Not content with a golden summer regaining his Test spot in the Australian team and proving an integral limited-over performer, Hughes is now set on conquering a new frontier with a dramatically reinforced technique.
Cook last month became the fourth captain to steer England to a Test series triumph in India and first since David Gower 1984-85 with three centuries and 562 runs at 80.
Hughes has studied Cook`s work in quiet moments during a season that`s already delivered 1531 runs and five tons at an average of 58.89 across all forms for Australia, South Australia and the Strikers, the paper said.
Cook simply didn`t give India an inch, playing patiently within his limitations while exuding titanic powers of concentration that Hughes has also demonstrated in 21 first-class tons at just 24, the paper reported.
Hughes said he actually watched a bit of footage and he will get that up again and have a look especially the way Cook played, being a left-hander in the Indian conditions.
Hughes added he does his research even though there is a bit of cricket in front of him. Hughes further said the majority of time the Indian team opens with spin bowling, therefore he is anticipating a barrage of spin attack.
The left-handed batsman added it`s crucial to get on top early in India where normal cricket convention changes.