Hughes hopes for Christmas miracle
A BOXING Day Test lifeline will be the top of Australian opening batsman Phillip Hughes' Christmas wish list after failing to improve on his shaky start to the summer.
The diminutive opener and former Sawtell player is sure to be on the chopping block with only 52 runs in his past five innings.
Selectors will have few reasons to give Hughes another chance after he failed to stand up in Australia's narrow loss to New Zealand in the second test at Bellerive oval.
Surviving a contentious not out decision at the end of day three to go into the sheds on twenty runs, the enigmatic batsman was once again caught out in the slips by Martin Guptill off the bowling of Chris Martin.
Poor form, on top of the imminent return of star all-rounder Shane Watson and an incredible unbeaten 121 from test rookie David Warner is making the Macksville junior's selection chances slimmer than ever.
Hughes managed to survive the cut before the current series against New Zealand after an up and down South African tour in November.
His 88 during the first innings at Wanderers showed signs of life for the 23 year old, but has been unable to find anything close to that form throughout the two test series with the Kiwi's.
If Warner continues to score freely at the top of the order in an Australian team still entrenched in a period of rebuilding, Hughes may have played his final game in the baggy green.