Hughes started his career playing district cricket with Footscray in 1978–79. Australia fast bowler Merv Hughes talks to Shannon Gill about the summer of 1988/89, when 100,000 people claimed to be in the MCG. The Australian selectors always viewed Hughes as a Test match player rather than a one-day player. Hughes played his last Test in Cape Town against South Africa in 1994. Footscray (now called Footscray-Edgewater) has subsequently had their main home ground named after him; it is now known as the Mervyn G. Hughes Oval. Big hearted cricketer ! Hughes first appeared for Australia against India in 1985–86. Getty. He claimed only five wickets at an average of 46.80 over six matches (Rodney Davison, Jimmy Maher, Jamie Cox, Shaun Young and Ryan Campbell). And while his antics sometimes overshadowed his bowling, Hughes gave every ounce of effort to his country, and helped it to re-climb the ranks of Test cricket. A host of supporters' tours, he made the surprise step into high-level administration when he replaced Allan Border as an Australian selector in 2005. He took 1–123 and was not re-selected until the Ashes series against England the following year. He was selected for Victoria in 1981–82 and made his debut against the South Australian Redbacks. Dressed in a suit and with contemporary glasses he looks anything but the man who mixed jest with aggression as one of the country's most recognisable players. Picture: Nigel Wright/Channel 10 Get Me Out Of Here! AST Tour Host Merv Hughes has travelled with us on all of our previous South Africa tours and his colourful character plus in depth knowledge of both teams will once again provide a fascinating insight into each day’s play. Here You Go [Trailers] Later this year, the New York Stock Exchange will be welcoming Africa’s very first unicorn. Wisden India. Team-mate Shane Warne copped a $400 sanction for a sweary send-off directed at South African opening batsman Andrew Hudson and like Hughes, an … Hughes' physical presence (a burly 6'4"), handlebar moustache, a penchant for exuberant displays of affection for his fellow players, along with a tendency to talk to the opposition in inventively colourful language (his nickname was "Fruitfly" – a somewhat incongruous nickname until Allan Border explained it was a reference to "Australia's greatest national pest") and a (some would say) "mincing" run-up (that at times stretched to 45 paces), made him a firm favorite amongst supporters, who would often imitate his warm-up stretches behind him en masse. Late in his career, Hughes undertook a stint with the ACT Comets, which turned out to be unsuccessful. Hughes made a comparatively modest entrance in the mid-1980s, but his value came to the fore against West Indies in 1988-89, when he lost pace partner Geoff Lawson to a broken jaw in the second Test. South Africa's Top CEOs Are Taking Home The Big Bucks; Thursday Morning Spice; Looking For 'Billions', Season Five? Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of South Africa vs Australia, 1st Test, Mar 04, Australia in South Africa Test Series, 1994 on Cricbuzz Hughes gained a hat-trick in that match, but his performance - 13 for 217 off 73.1 overs - illustrated his ability to combine the roles of spearhead and stock bowler. He took a hat-trick in a Test against the West Indies at the WACA in 1988–89 and went on to take 8/87 for the match. Hughes responded to taunts by South African spectators by "lunging at the offenders with his bat" in the uncovered player's tunnel and later received a suspended fine of A$4,000 from the Australian Cricket Board … Merv Hughes and Gary Kirsten, South Africa v Australia, 2nd Test, Cape Town, Mar 94. Described by Cricinfo as being "of incredible proportions", the moustache became sufficiently synonymous with Hughes for him to be rumored to insure it for £200,000. Hughes was born in Euroa, Victoria. 'Merv looked at me like Ivan Milat': Family Feud host Grant Denyer compared I'm A Celebrity contestant Merv Hughes to a serial killer after visiting the African jungle camp Merv Hughes prepares to let one rip Getty Images. Catch live and fully detailed scorecard of RSA vs AUS, 2nd Test, Mar 17, Australia in South Africa Test Series, 1994 on Cricbuzz In 1993, he took 31 wickets in the Ashes series against England. Merv Hughes was 19 when he made his First Class debut, in a Sheffield Shield game for Victoria against South Australia in January 1982. Hughes also played Australian rules football during the winter in the late 1970s and early 1980s; at his peak, he was a key position player for the Werribee Football Club in the Victorian Football Association first division. Another classic from the scary Australian, this time it was aimed at a misfiring Graham Gooch. Mervyn Gregory Hughes (born 23 November 1961) is a former Australian cricketer living in Melbourne. Hughes, 53, is recognised one of Australia's all-time great fast bowlers. Hughes though, was later dropped as a selector for the Australian cricket team and subsequently replaced by Greg Chappell on 29 October 2010. A right-arm fast bowler, he represented Australia in 53 Test matches between 1985 and 1994, taking 212 wickets. , In an interview for "Hotspur" magazine, Hughes revealed he has supported Tottenham Hotspur since the early 1980s. Former Cricket great Merv Hughes and son Scott participate with Cricket goers in the 'Merv's walk to the G' event from Federation Square to the MCG before day three of the Second Test between... Get premium, high resolution news photos at Getty Images Read Today's Paper Tributes ... Jonathon Moran in South Africa. He played 33 One Day Internationals, taking 38 wickets. Australian national cricket team — The Baggy Greens. England in South Africa; India in … By the mid-point of his international career, Hughes had improved his accuracy and variation and was using his bouncer, which remained a favourite throughout his career, with greater discretion. Cricket has a rich tradition of using nicknames.This is a list of nicknames used in international cricket. However, his enthusiasm for the game continued long after his international days. He started kindergarten in Apollo Bay and his first year at school came when the family went back to Euroa. In 5th grade, he pestered his father to be allowed to join football at Werribee where he held his own, despite the fact that he was one of the smallest players when out of his age group. Jonathon Moran in South Africa News Corp Australia February 24, 2015 12:42am The independent voice of cricket | Thursday December 10, 2020. In England, on his second Ashes tour in 1993, the crowd often chanted "Sumo" when he ran in to bowl.. Cricinfo staff, Jon Holland receives his baggy green from Merv Hughes, Merv Hughes vents his frustrations during a charity T20 match, Merv Hughes celebrates a hat-trick at a charity T20 match. Another incident caught on something other than the host broadcaster's cameras. At the WACA Ground in 1988–89, Hughes completed a hat-trick that was unusual as it was spread across three separate overs, two innings and two different days. Mervyn Gregory Hughes (born 23 November 1961, Euroa, Victoria) is a former Australian cricketer. Hughes replaced Allan Border in June 2005 as a selector for the Australian cricket team, although his performance as a selector came under much scrutiny after many controversial decisions and the loss of the number-one ranking in Test matches after the 2009 Ashes series. Hughes first appeared for Australia against India in 1985–86. November 23, 1961, Euroa, Victoria, Major teams Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Essex, Victoria. Teams. He was generally only selected for the shorter game when another player was injured or otherwise unavailable. LIVE SCORES. Patrick Keane, in association with Merv Hughes, "AUSTRALIA v WEST INDIES 1988–89: Second Test Match", Spinner poses weighty problems – Daily Telegraph – 7 March 2007, "Your AFL club's most famous supporters, from Barack Obama to Cam Newton", http://www.tottenhamhotspur.com/news/ashes-to-ashes-spurs-to-spurs-290909/, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Merv_Hughes&oldid=988945845, Australia One Day International cricketers, Australia national cricket team selectors, Recipients of the Australian Sports Medal, I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! Read the exclusive. Merv Hughes and spectator, 1994. After cricket. Merv Hughes Makes A Surprise Appearance | Studio 10 - YouTube Hughes' enthusiasm for sport was described as "unquenchable.". While no South African player has gone down that path again, the same can't be said for members of the crowd. MERV Hughes believes Mitchell Johnson will make South Africa squirm in a brutal Test showdown but warns against underestimating Dale Steyn and his crack pace posse. Hughes played his last Test in Cape Town against South Africa in 1994. Organized sport began in 3rd grade at Werribee. BASKET (0) SEARCH SIGN IN. Enjoy the videos and music you love, upload original content, and share it all with friends, family, and the world on YouTube. He also represented the Victorian Bushrangers, Essex in English county cricket, the ACT Comets and Australia A in the World Series Cup. Hughes is noted for his large moustache. A crowd favourite, he was a lively character armed with an imposing run-up and delivery action, a classic fast bowlers' glare down the pitch, a mischievous sense of humour and a moustache of incredible proportions. Merv Hughes v Graham Gooch. Having always been rather overweight, he participated in both seasons of Channel Nine's Celebrity Overhaul to lose weight and improve his fitness. However, Australia would go on to have a successful 2009–10 summer, finishing undefeated in all three forms of the game. FOOTBALLER turned peacekeeper Barry Hall is treating I’m A Celebrity like a footy match to rein in Merv Hughes. Merv Hughes was a big-hearted fast bowler who ultimately made a major contribution to Australia's fortunes. Merv Hughes could spend several weeks living in a basic jungle camp in South Africa as part of I’m A Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! You gotta love this guy ! After ducks in his first three Test innings, he also become a handy batsman - albeit one who favoured a powerful, tail-enders' hoick over midwicket - and had a top score of 72 against the mighty West Indians of 1988-89. He was a useful lower-order batsman, scoring two half-centuries in Tests and over 1,000 runs in all. Live Scores; Current Series. But an edged boundary from Robin Peterson beyond the reach of the slip cordon sealed the win for South Africa, but not without an enormous fright. Merv Hughes Australia v West Indies, Perth, 1988 Towards the end of his career, this was felt to have increased damage to his knees and may have ultimately led to a shortening of his Australian and Victorian playing careers. Late in his career, Hughes undertook a stint with the ACT Comets, which turned out to be unsuccessful. The Daily Telegraph. Additionally, Hughes has appeared on TV commercials as well, featuring losing weight with "The 14-day All-Bran Challenge" and appearing as himself in the English comedy show Hale and Pace. Cummins channels big Merv in spell of heart and skill, Eliminating extras, and the funniest sledge, Cricket Australia prepares to axe a selector, Readers recommend - Curated tweets by ESPNcricinfo, Australia v India at Adelaide, Dec 13-17, 1985, South Africa v Australia at Cape Town, Mar 17-21, 1994, Australia v Pakistan at Adelaide, Dec 11, 1988, England v Australia at Lord's, May 23, 1993. A colourful character who played 53 Tests for Australia and claimed 212 wickets during a 10-year international career. Wisden Cricket Monthly SUBSCRIBE. Hughes was a notorious consumer of alcohol and food. Back to image Follow The Telegraph. Hughes saved his greatest series performance for the 1993 Ashes tour, when bowling partner Craig McDermott was ruled out with a twisted bowel. Read 2020 year report. He took 1–123 and was not re-selected until the Ashes series against England the following year. He had Curtly Ambrose caught behind with the last ball of his 36th over; ended the West Indies' first innings in his 37th, by removing Patrick Patterson; and more than a day later, completed his hat-trick by trapping Gordon Greenidge lbw with the first ball of the West Indies' second innings.. Hughes sustained a serious knee injury during the series and made only a fleeting Test comeback the following summer, finishing with 212 career wickets. (Australian TV series) contestants, Use Australian English from November 2011, All Wikipedia articles written in Australian English, Wikipedia articles with SNAC-ID identifiers, Wikipedia articles with WORLDCATID identifiers, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 16 November 2020, at 04:31.  In a 2013 Sky Sports interview during the 2013 Ashes series, he quashed this rumour as being false. In recent times Australia has enjoyed good success touring South Africa with wins in three of the past four series. He was English, and I told him I was with him 100 per cent. He appeared for the Canberra Comets during their experiment against the states in domestic one-day cricket, and became a veteran of his local club Footscray in Melbourne. To help make this website better, to improve and personalize your experience and for advertising purposes, are you happy to accept cookies and other technologies. "I went to a mate's house to watch the FA Cup Final, everyone in the house was supporting the other team except the guy I sat next to. Merv Hughes the entertainer ! His first delivery was a wide, although he recovered sufficiently from that to take three wickets in the innings, and ended the season with the … , In 2015, Hughes appeared on the Australian version of the TV show I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!. Spurs won and I've supported them ever since.". Merv Hughes' Test career batting performance. Merv Hughes was a big-hearted fast bowler who ultimately made a major contribution to Australia's fortunes. He is a prominent supporter of the Western Bulldogs in the Australian Football League and has also done some acting, portraying Ivan Milat in the comedy movie Fat Pizza. He was the top performer (weight-wise) in the first season of the show. Match Centre. MERV Hughes says he’s as far from chauvinistic and sexist as a person can be. 1948 tour of England — The Invincibles; Bangladesh Cricket Team —The Tigers ; India national cricket team — The Blue Tigers, Men in Blue, The Blues; Ireland Cricket team — Green and Whites, Men in Green A unicorn, for the uninitiated, is a company valued at more than $1 billion. March 9, 2015 - 11:44PM. Born He claimed only five wickets at an average of 46.80 over six matches (Rodney Davison, Jimmy Maher, Jamie Cox, Shaun Young and Ryan Campbell). Over the six Tests, Hughes took 31 wickets from almost 300 overs, helping Australia to a 4-1 victory. 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