Marsh Sheffield Shield Latest: Dan Hughes to captain New South Wales Blues team
Daniel Hughes will captain the New South Wales Blues against Queensland in the Sheffield Shield match which starts at the Gabba this Wednesday after his ankle showed “significant improvement” since last Friday.
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Hughes injured his ankle after he tripped over the boundary rope as he practiced catching high balls before the Sydney Sixers played in last month’s Big Bash League qualifier semi final against the Perth Scorchers.
CNSW Head of Male Cricket, Michael Klinger, said Hughes would offer experience to a young batting lineup after wicketkeeper/batter Peter Nevill (shoulder), Kurtis Patterson (broken finger), and all-rounder Sean Abbott (side strain) were ruled out of action due to their injuries, while Moises Henriques will also miss the match due to his selection in the Australia T20I team.
“At the end of last week we weren’t 100 percent sure that Daniel would be right to play, but over the weekend he’s seemed to have improved quite a bit,” said Klinger.
“He was able to bat and run well today, and apart from being picked to play in the game Daniel also has the opportunity to captain the team.”
Klinger said while the Blues would field a “young” team, he described it as an "exciting" one that would benefit from Hughes’s presence.
“Daniel Hughes adds that bit of experience to quite a young and exciting batting lineup, and it’s going to be interesting to see how they go,” he said.
Klinger hailed the addition of uncapped Sheffield Shield players Ryan Hackney (Parramatta) and Ryan Hadley (Manly) to the squad as a reward for their hard work.
“At the start of the year we asked Ryan Hackney to go out and dominate Premier Cricket and to score runs when he’s had opportunities in the [NSW] Second XI and he’s done that really well,” said Klinger.
“He’s been knocking the door down . . . playing some match winning roles for his team.
“Ryan Hadley has bowled very well in Premier Cricket coming off an injury at the start of the season – he got himself fit and strong.
“He’s performed well and whether or not he gets to play in Brisbane, Ryan definitely deserves to be in the squad.”
NSW Blues Sheffield Shield Squad (vs Queensland, February 9-12)
Daniel HUGHES (Captain)
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