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Kim Hughes

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Kimberley John Hughes (born January 26 1954 at Margaret River Western Australia) was an Australian Cricket captain.

His test debut was versus England at The Oval in 1977 and his last test was against the West Indies at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in 1985. Hughes was named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1981. He was also a member of the non-World Series Cricket teams of the late 1970s, and it was his involvement with the Australian Cricket Board at the time that would affect his relationship with senior players Greg Chappell, Rod Marsh, and Dennis Lillee.

Hughes finished with a record of four wins, 13 losses and 11 draws. He came to the Australia captaincy in 1978/79, when many of the country's most experienced players were aligned with World Series Cricket and in later sharing the captaincy with Greg Chappell, he led Australia mostly on away tours. Hughes relinquished the captaincy in tears at a press conference following Australia's defeat in second Test against the West Indies in 1984/85. Hughes lost his place in the side two Tests later, having scored just two runs in his final four innings, including a golden duck in his last Test innings. After being left out of the Ashes tour squad for the 1985 trip to England, Hughes accepted a deal to captain the rebel tour side to South Africa. Hughes believed he had nothing left to offer Australian cricket, while many believed that Hughes was victimised for his association with the ACB during the WSC era.

After the rebel tour had finished, Hughes returned to Western Australia to play first-class cricket. He struggled on return, and he fled back to South Africa to play for Natal. However, his time ended in acrimony there as well, and after two seasons with Natal he retired from first-class cricket.

Since retirement Hughes has been a chairman of selectors for the Western Australian Cricket Association and more recently a cricket commentator on ABC radio.


Preceded by:
Graeme Yallop
Australian Test cricket captains
1978/9-1979/80 1981 1982/3 1983/4-1984/5
Succeeded by:
Allan Border
Preceded by:
Graeme Yallop
Australian One-day International cricket captains
1979-1984/5
Succeeded by:
David Hookes

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