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Hughes seeks batting lessons from Tendulkar

Admiring Sachin Tendulkar's consistency over close to two decades, dumped Australian opener Phil Hughes plans to seek batting tips from the Indian great to get back into the national team.

cricket Updated: Aug 29, 2009 12:13 IST

Admiring Sachin Tendulkar's consistency over close to two decades, dumped Australian opener Phil Hughes plans to seek batting tips from the Indian great to get back into the national team.

The 20-year-old Hughes, who was dropped after the first two Ashes Tests in England, is in Nagpur to work on his technique with his coach Neil D'Costa and plans a special Mumbai visit to catch up with Tendulkar.

"I'll chew his ear off. I've got questions about a lot of things that I want to ask him. I like getting around and talking to the guys who have been around for a long time," Hughes said.

"Sachin has been around and I've been watching him since I was a youngster. He hardly ever seemed to miss out, he always seems to be scoring runs and not just on one or two parks, he gets them everywhere. His consistency is so great and I still love watching him now," he was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

Hughes disclosed he would play in the Champions League for the New South Wales and then at Shield level, so that he can force his way back into the Test side.

Hughes is also working on his batting technique with D'Costa, who is helping out at the newly built academy there.

"The goal is to always get better. I had always planned to catch up with Neil no matter what happened. I wanted to get in the nets with him and keep working on my game," said Hughes said.