Phil Hughes’ Dynamic Durban Day

Late Australian opener Phillip Joel Hughes became the youngest cricketer to score a century in both innings of a Test match as Australia hammered South Africa in the second Test at Kingsmead in Durban on this day back in 2009.  Hughes was called in to the squad to replace Matthew Hayden.  In the first innings, Hughes scored his first century, hitting 115.

This made him the youngest Australian Test centurion since Doug Walters in 1965.  In the second innings, he went one better as he scored 160, becoming the youngest cricketer in history to score centuries in both innings of a Test match.  Australia went on to win the match by a crushing 175 runs.

Hughes eventually reached 1 535 runs in 26 matches with that highest score of 160.  He also managed 826 One Day International runs in 25 matches with a highest score of 138 not out in 154 balls against Sri Lanka in 2012.  Tragically on 25 November 2014, Hughes was hit on the back of his head by a bouncer, during a Sheffield Shield match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, causing a vertebal artery dissection that led to his death three days later, just three days before his 26th birthday.