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Century fuels Hughes´ ambition

23 January 2013 15:10

Phil Hughes declared his intention to play for Australia in all formats after notching his second ODI century against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

Batting at three in place of injured skipper Michael Clarke, Hughes made an unbeaten 138 to be the lynchpin in Australia's 247-5, a score they successfully defended to square the Commonwealth Bank Series against Sri Lanka on Wednesday.

"I'd love to play all formats. I've always said that but I'm grateful to crack into the one day team and obviously the Test team and hopefully one day I'd love to be in the Twenty20 format as well," he said after his man-of-the-match performance at Blundstone Arena.

"I'm grateful for this opportunity. It's been a while coming but I really love one day cricket and I suppose to play a few games and also to hopefully cement myself in this one day team is something I'm really looking to do, and also the Test team."

Hughes acknowledged his latest return to the international fold in Test and ODI cricket had been successful, runs in both formats against Sri Lanka perhaps indicating the 24-year-old is now set for an extended stay at the highest level.

"It has gone smoothly," he said.

"I've always wanted to get back in the team and I suppose I've been around the mix for a number of years now, in and out of the side, so the big thing I want to do is cement myself in the Australian cricket team."

By reaching triple figures for the second time following a ton on debut in Melbourne, Hughes has been at the centre of Australia's two standout batting performances in the series and said he relishes making such substantial contributions.

"I pride myself on if I do get in I want to get a big score ... I think the pleasing thing is when I did get set today I made it to the three figure mark," he said.

While he appeared largely untroubled at the crease, Hughes did receive one slice of good fortune in the 21st over when he under edged a pull shot onto his pad and watched as it rolled back onto his stumps - somehow failing to dislodge a bail.

"I've never seen that before, actually ... I looked back and laughed."

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