Where are they now?: Kim Hughes

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The Independent Online
REMEMBERED more for resigning the Australian captaincy in a flood of tears than for wielding one of the most effervescent bats of his era, Kim Hughes paid a heavy price for being perceived as a loser. Making 119 on his debut for Western Australia, he won his first cap, aged 23, at The Oval in 1977. Helped by Packer defections, he rose to captain two years later, leading his country in the 1980 Centenary Test. At Lord's, innings of 117 and 84 revived a moribund contest and earned him the Wisden seal of approval as one of the Five Cricketers of the Year.

His star dimmed the following summer when he suffered two of the most improbable defeats in Ashes' history. Greg Chappell resumed command. Hughes was restored when Chappell announced his intention to retire but five successive losses to the West Indies compelled that tearful resignation in 1984 after four wins in 28 Tests as captain. Banned for leading a 'rebel' tour to South Africa, where he played for Natal, his 70 Tests yielded nine centuries and 4,415 runs at an average of 37.41. Now 39, Hughes retired from first-class cricket last winter. He lives with his wife and children in Perth and works as a salesman.

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