Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughes in Line for Oz Test Call

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hughes in Line for Oz Test Call

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AUSTRALIA captain Ricky Ponting has touted New South Wales opener Phil Hughes as the most likely replacement for Simon Katich for the third Ashes Test in Perth.

Katich has almost certainly been ruled out for the rest of Ashes series with an achilles injury.

Ponting admitted no decisions have yet been made about the Australia squad for the third Test with England, but changes are expected after a series of performances.

He said: "Phil Hughes is the first one who comes to mind.

"We know what his international record is like.

"He has a few runs under his belt, so he is probably the first cab off the rank.

"I would be surprised if it is not him who comes in.

"I am not a selector. The chairman of selectors and I have not spoken yet.

"I am not sure what they are thinking. We will have a good discussion. …

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