New Zealand cricket captain Ross Taylor has said that his comment about wanting out-of-form Australian opener Phil Hughes to play in the second Test here were "tongue in cheek".
Taylor had declared earlier that he'd "love" Hughes to be picked for Hobart after he was dismissed cheaply twice in the same fashion during the first Test in Brisbane.
Australian selectors gave Hughes another chance on Thursday when he was named to play the second Test at Bellerive starting on Friday despite scores of 10 and seven at the Gabba.
Asked whether that was a wish come true, the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Taylor, as saying: "I made a tongue-in-cheek comment that was probably made a bit more of than it probably should have been."
Taylor added: "He's still a world class opener, he's still got three hundreds for Australia ... he's scored runs against us in the past and he scored more runs than I did in the last game so I'm sure he'll be fine."
Meanwhile, speculation is rife the Bellerive wicket will be a green-top, but Taylor said he was yet to examine it.