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5 batsmen Australia should try in ODIs

Kovvali Teja
ANALYST
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6.89K   //    06 Oct 2017, 06:26 IST


One Day Cup - NSW v WA
Daniel Hughes is a treat to watch when in full flow

Australia has produced some of the greatest batsmen the game of cricket has ever seen. From the great Sir Don Bradman to the legendary Ricky Ponting, the Aussie batsmen have always remained as one of the most skillful and gifted batsmen.

These guys have always been able to bring their top game to the fore irrespective of the opposition or the conditions. Michael Bevan, Adam Gilchrist, Matthew Hayden, Michael Clarke, Michael Hussey, David Warner, and Steven Smith are some of the recent names in the list.

However, the current Aussie side has seen a dip in its batting department. Barring the likes of Warner and Smith, the batsmen have failed to deliver consistently. This has lead to the team's embarrassing defeats in South Africa, at the Champions Trophy, and even in the recently concluded India series.

There are many gaps to be filled and puzzling questions to be answered on the batsmen's technique and temperament. Looking ahead at the 2019 World Cup, here are a few new faces that could be tried in the ODI squad.


#5 Daniel Hughes

Daniel Hughes is a left-handed batsman hailing from the city of Sydney. The southpaw represents the New South Wales Blues and the Sydney Sixers in the domestic tournaments. Hughes bats at top of the order, predominantly at the opening slot.

The 28-year-old is a free-flowing batsman who possesses some beautiful strokes. A treat to watch when in full flow, Hughes is generally strong square off the wicket and loves facing the fast bowlers.

He had a brilliant Matador Cup last year and ended up scoring 386 runs at an average of 64.33. He emerged as the tournament's third-highest run-getter. Currently, Hughes averages close to 60 in his 10 List A games and can be groomed to become one of Australia's potent weapon at the top of the order.

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