Wessels urges Oz selectors to persevere with struggling Hughes

Last Updated: Nov 14, 2011, 14:00 PM IST

Johannesburg: Former South African captain Kepler Wessels has said that the Australian team management would be making a blunder if they axe opening batsman Phil Hughes for the second and final Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

Hughes is averaging 28.75 since the start of the 2010 calendar year and has just two scores above 37 in his past 22 Test innings.

However, Wessels believes that the 23-year-old has the toughness to be a long-term fixture at the top of the Australian batting order.

“I rate him, I think he’s good. I’ve seen him play well. He hits the ball in awkward areas, but that’s good to see,” Wessels said in an interview.

“It’s a good idea to persevere with him and see where he goes; it’s a bit like Dave Warner in the one-dayers. I think he’s up to Test cricket, it’s hard to say he’s solid because he’s a bit different, but he does a good job in my eyes,” he added.

ANI