Hughes' batting coach blasts CA for denying chance to prepare him for maiden India tour

Sydney, Mar 10 (ANI): The batting coach of Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes has lashed out at Cricket Australia (CA) for allegedly denying him the chance to prepare the No.3 for his maiden tour of India, following Hughes poor performance at the Hyderabad and the Chennai Tests which has endangered his chances of playing in the Mohali Test.

Claiming that he had emailed CA officials requesting for some time with Hughes to prepare him for the sub-continental conditions which are foreign to the left-hander, Neil D'Costa said that CA chiefs rejected his proposal, citing a lack of time in a hectic playing schedule, News.com.au reports.

D'Costa added that although the CA officials had agreed to allow him to mentor Hughes within the team framework before the tour to India, they never mentioned the timeframe and sent the team to India before he could have a chance to work with Hughes.

D'Costa said that although they had sent Hughes to him in 2011 when he needed help, he was at a loss to understand why the CA officials did not let him prepare Hughes for a better adjustment in his debut tour to India, adding that he wants Hughes to score centuries and win a lot of Tests for Australia.

Stating that he had a programme and some strategies in mind for Hughes to work on, D'Costa said he had intended to prepare Hughes both physically and mentally for the Test series, adding that he had done that before with captain Michael Clarke.

However, coach and selector Mickey Arthur defended CA, saying that although the officials had received an email from D'Costa, they were not concerned given the batsman's good form and development in their ODI set-up.

Stating that although CA had considered the possibility of Hughes playing in some of the short-form matches, Arthur said that a congested schedule, along with a couple of injuries, had required them to immediately send the squad to India.

Hughes has since endured a nightmare trip, scoring 25 runs at 6.25, the report added. (ANI)

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