Worcestershire sign Hughes
Worcestershire have secured the services of Australia batsman Phil Hughes for the second half of the 2012 season.
The 23-year-old, who had a short spell at Middlesex in 2009, will arrive at New Road in the first week of June and stay at the club for the remainder of the summer.
The left-handed opener, who made his Australia debut three years ago against South Africa, soon became the youngest player to make two centuries in a Test and has scored over 1,000 runs in 16 five-day matches for his country.
Hughes said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be heading back to England in 2012. Worcestershire is a quality organisation and I can't wait to meet my new team-mates and re-acquaint myself with English conditions.
"My previous stint in England helped my batting enormously and I have high expectations that spending the 2012 Australian winter in the UK will do the same.
"I look forward to helping Worcestershire be a force in all forms of the game in 2012."
Director of cricket Steve Rhodes added: "To gain the signature of the current Australian Test opener is a tremendous boost for the club and the players for the 2012 season.
“Phil is a heavy run-scorer with a career ratio of a century every four games in first-class cricket. In 2009 he amassed 574 first-class runs in three games for Middlesex, including three centuries, which demonstrates his hunger for run-scoring.
“I look forward to working closely with Phil during the second half of the season."