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Hughes out of third test

SYDNEY, July 30 – Opening batsman Phil Hughes has been dropped from the Australian side and replaced by Shane Watson for the third Ashes Test against England, a report said on Thursday.

PHIL_HUGHESThe Australian newspaper, citing sources close to the team, said the young batsman lost his position for Thursday’s Edgbaston Test in Birmingham after just five Tests and been replaced by the all-rounder Watson.

Hughes’s demotion, the newspaper said, comes after his first three innings of the Test series with scores of 36, 4 and 17 when his batting technique was put to the test by England’s pace attack, led by Andrew Flintoff.

The newspaper said it was an incredible fall from grace for the 20-year-old, who arrived in England with an average of 69 after scoring two centuries in his second Test against South Africa earlier this year.

It said selectors were anxious that Englands bowlers had found a weakness in the diminutive rookie’s ability to deal with the short-pitched "body-line" delivery after he fell to the same ball in tour and Test matches.

Watson’s return was seen as an attempt to bring in another bowler to help "putty up the gaps in the attack" caused by Mitchell Johnson’s terrible form, the newspaper said.

Watson made 84 and 50 in last weekend’s tour match against Northampton, while Hughes failed in the first innings and scored 68 in the second.

England lead the best-of-five Test series 1-0 after beating the Australians by 115 runs in the second Test at Lord’s last week.

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  1. Kenyan

    November 30, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Matsanga, you are the most ill-advised fellow I have ever come accross! You are keen on going against public knowledge and will, distorting facts and presenting your fabricated ideas to protect the elite! Shame on you Matsanga, and by the way, we would appreciate if you never come to Kenya for your lame ” opinions” and “advises”. Capital FM, spare us this cheap talk please!

    • Francis Mivule

      November 30, 2012 at 7:49 pm

      He is not needed in Uganda either. In one of NRB’s hottest spots for elitist discourses he was heard supporting Judas Iscariot ( the man who betrayed Jesus) saying it was okay coz Judas was fighting for survival! He is on record to have assisted rebel leader Joseph Kony carry out his massacres in Northern Uganda. Now he wants to use the rubbish written in the blog to show the demagogues in state house kampala that he is after all better reformed than Joseph Kony. He can write anything to make that point. God forbid!

  2. Gathii

    December 1, 2012 at 7:02 am

    Interesting article.
    I have a problem with the so called UN Panel of Experts that carries out desktop reviews and issues reports incriminating other countries without ever visiting the ground or giving the accused an opportunity to be heard. This panel should change their ways or be done away with if they rely on intelligence reports from western countries with mining interests in DRC.
    The west encouraged and supported Laurent Kabila when he ousted Mobutu in 1997 (through a war that started from Eastern DRC) because then they were not getting their fair share of DRC minerals. When they got their mining contracts, they brought in the UN peacekeepers to protect their mines.
    The west should learn that when you set a precedent of encouraging and supporting internal rebellions and coup de tats, there will be no end to this as other groups will be inspired by this and attempt their own. This is what is happening in Congo and in Libya.

  3. komakech Gulu

    December 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    check the article matsanga wrote it was one of the best

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