Hughes books date with Tendulkar

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CHENNAI, India, (Reuters) – Dumped Australia opener Phillip Hughes has set up a date with Sachin Tendulkar where he hopes to learn from the Indian stalwart’s experiences following his own Ashes meltdown.

The 20-year-old left-hander lost his spot to all-rounder Shane Watson after the second Test at Lord’s. Australia lost the series 2-1.

“I’ll chew his ear off. I’ve got questions about a lot of things that I want to ask him,” Hughes told the Times of India newspaper yesterday.

“I like getting around and talking to the guys who have been around for a long time.”

Hughes, who scored a century in each innings in his second Test after scoring a duck on debut, is in the western Indian city of Nagpur with his coach Neil D’Costa, who is head coach of a regional cricket academy in the city.

The paper said Tendulkar, who holds several international batting records, will meet Hughes in Mumbai today.