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Kim Hughes

Kim Hughes
Kim Hughes is the only West Australian to have ever captained an Australian side.
These days Kim is a much sought after guest speaker for both sporting and corporate functions. His presentations include “The Best is yet to be”, “The Psychology of winning” and “The Best Made Duck of all Time”.

One of Hughes greatest moments came during the ill fated Century Test at Lords in 1980 when he scored 117 and 84 including 5 sixes, two of which were the longest ever hit at the traditional home of cricket. During this match he became the first Australian batsman to bat on all five days of a Test match. As vice captain of Australia scored 130 not out against the West Indies. In test three he lasted 379 minutes and 346 balls, a testament to the self-discipline that he was capable of.
Hughes was named captain of the 1981 Australian tour of England but friction arose due to some “Herculean” efforts by Englishman Ian Botham and Australia lost a series that it seemed certain to win.

His Boxing Day Test Match of 81/82 against the West Indies, Hughes played arguably the greatest innings in the history of the game when he rescued Australia by scoring 100 not out in four hours and twenty minutes.
After Greg Chappell Hughes was given the job of captaining Australia. He captained Australia to a two –nil victory over Pakistan and finished the test with an overall record of 4119 at an average of 421, as well as batting his ninth test century.
During the 84/85 season Hughes stood down as captain amidst emotion and controversy. Hughes signed on with the Australian “Rebel” Team to tour South Africa in 85/86 averaging 43 from 27 completed innings.

Kim Hughes completed his first class career in South Africa in ’91 as captain of Natal where he led the province 14 times scoring a moderate 432 runs in 25 completed innings.
He played 216 first class matches for 12,711 runs at 36.5 scoring 25 test centuries. At test level he played 70 Test matches, scoring 4415 runs a 37.41 with nine test centuries.