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‘Returning’ Hughes impresses as Oz take control on day one of Hobart Test

Updated: Dec 14, 2012, 16:31 PM IST

Sydney: Phil Hughes scored an impressive half century in his comeback innings after Australia ended day one of the first Test match against Sri Lanka in Hobart at 299 with the loss of four wickets. Going by the past scorecards, captain Michael Clarke took a risk when he chose to bat first at Bellerive Oval, given the three first-class matches that preceded the series-opening Test against Sri Lanka produced an average first-innings score of 91.

However, going by the day-one outcome, the decision was as solid as the captain`s close-to-peerless batting, the Age reports. Of the four wickets to fall only one, that of Hughes for 86 in an assured Test comeback, could be described as being influenced by the pitch or overhead conditions. Australia ended day one with its two middle-order mainstays at the crease, as Clarke slammed an unbeaten 70 and Mike Hussey was batting on 37.

Hughes departure for 86 seven balls into the last session thwarted the possibility of a maiden century, yet any disappointment that generated among the crowd was trumped by yet another commanding performance from Clarke. Chanaka Welegedara was the pick of the bowlers for Sri Lanka, claiming three wickets on day one.