Australia cricket: Phillip Hughes replaces retired Ricky Ponting

Phillip Hughes has been recalled to the Australia squad to replace the retired Ricky Ponting for the start of the three-Test series against Sri Lanka.

Hughes, 24, was preferred to Usman Khawaja, Rob Quiney and Alex Doolan in the 12-man squad for the first Test, starting in Hobart on 14 December.

Ponting retired after the 309-run loss to South Africa in Perth on Monday.

Hughes, who has a Test average of 34.58, last played in the defeat by New Zealand at Hobart in December 2011. Read more
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