Recalled Test opener Phil Hughes has vowed to make the most of his second chance and cement a spot at the top of the Australia batting order in the coming months.
The New South Welshman burst on to the international scene in 2009 when he blasted twin centuries in just his second Test match against South Africa in Durban.
But the fairytale ended as quickly as it began as Hughes was dropped ahead of the third Ashes Test just four months later.
The 22-year-old has played a further five Tests as an injury replacement, including the final three Tests of the 2010/11 Ashes series, but has been unable to force his way back in as a permanent fixture.
But he has now been named in the touring party to face Sri Lanka and, in the absence of Simon Katich, has a chance to make the place his own.
“I can’t wait and I’m just grateful to get this opportunity again. I’m just excited to be on the tour, it’s going to be huge,” he said.
“To be in the side and to get dropped and then to get back in is a huge achievement and I’m very grateful and excited.
“I’ve had a taste of international cricket before and I remember the time when I did get dropped and that was a very disappointing moment, but I’m just happy to be back. I just want to be the most consistent player I possibly can be and hopefully cement that opening role.”
By Staff Reporter | Sport360