Ex-Oz selector Coz backs Hughes, Lyon to play crucial roles during Ashes

Sydney, Mar 27 (ANI): Former Australian national selector Jamie Cox has claimed batsman Phil Hughes and off spinner Nathan Lyon will fill key roles during this year's Ashes despite turbulent rides in team's 4-0 humiliation against India in the subcontinent.

Off-spinner Lyon was inexplicably axed for the innings and 135-run second Test loss in Hyderabad in one of the great selection blunders of all time, and the offie hit back with a career-best nine wicket haul in the final Delhi Test to finish Australia's most successful bowler of the series with 15, News.com.au reports.

Hughes was threatened with the axe but the suspensions of Shane Watson and Usman Khawaja for the third Test in Mohali triggered a mini resurgence from the left-hander.

Cox said Hughes has been coming in against spin in Indian conditions, which he wouldn't have seen much of, adding he is only a little bloke and a left handed batsman so there is already a pile of rough under his nose.

Cox believes Hughes will thrive in the key No. 3 slot against England in a return to the conditions that saw him thrive and rebuild his career with Worcestershire last year.

The decision to recall left-arm spinner Xavier Doherty and introduce all rounder Glenn Maxwell ahead of Lyon stumped most observers including Cox, the paper said.

Lyon stunned India with a first-innings 7/94 in the fourth Test, eclipsing his previous best 5/34 on debut against Sri Lanka at Galle two years ago, the paper concluded. (ANI)

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