Hughes burst onto the Australian domestic and shortly after the international scene in 2009. Aged 20, in his second Test, he became the youngest man to score twin hundreds.
Shortly after, the left-handed opening batsman with an unusually attacking approach had a successful spell with Middlesex, scoring 882 runs in 13 innings in all competitions.
That boded well for Australia for the 2009 Ashes but Hughes struggled in the first two Tests and was dropped for the third, mistakenly revealing the news on Twitter.
He was back in favour by the 2010-11 Ashes when he played in the last three Tests in place of the injured Simon Katich, again with limited success.
His third Test century came in September 2011 but a poor series at home to New Zealand saw him jettisoned at the end of the year.
Hughes signed for Worcestershire for the 2012 season, although his arrival was delayed until late May by an Australia training camp.