Former national selector Jamie Cox has backed Australia batsman Phil Hughes' Test renaissance, describing it as a bold and beautiful move.
It is believed Australia will announce on Thursday Hughes as retiring legend Ricky Ponting's replacement for the three Test series against Sri Lanka starting in Hobart on December 14.
Cox said Hughes has improved exponentially from the lonely figure dropped against New Zealand last December and has the wagon wheel to prove it.
"He now scores a lot more freely in a lot more areas," News.com.au quoted Cox, as saying of Hughes.
"He is undoubtedly a better player, got himself a really good leg-side game. He also bangs it down the ground," he added.
Former Tasmanian opener Cox rates Hughes, who he brought to South Australia as the complete article ahead of six-Test batsman Usman Khawaja and two-Test Victorian Rob Quiney.
"In my mind I would always be investing in someone who can give me 10 years. Of all the candidates lining up Phil made some real changes to his game," Cox said.
Cox also backed Hughes to dismantle Sri Lanka and cash-in on his big break that few envisaged would come just three months into his move from Sydney to South Australia.
"I think he could get a few big scores against Sri Lanka, he has that thirst for runs you can't teach with three Test tons already," Cox said. (ANI)