Brisbane, Mar.8 (ANI): Retired Australian Test opener Matthew Hayden has hailed his replacement, Phillip Hughes.
Australian cricket was celebrating Hughes's maiden ton (115) on the opening day of the second Test against South Africa at Kingsmead.
At 20 and 97 days, Hughes is the youngest Australian to hit a Test century since Doug Walters cracked 155 on debut against England in 1965 when he was 19.
Hayden dubbed Hughes (170cm) the new (equally diminutive) Justin Langer, detecting eerily similar hallmarks.
Langer and Hayden forged Australia's most prolific opening partnership - compiling, as a pair, 5655 runs in 113 innings at an average of 51.41.
"(Hughes has Langer's) posture and height. 'Alfie' (Langer) and I actually spoke to him at the Allan Border Medal night. He's a respectful young man," Fox Sports quoted Hayden, as saying.
"I haven't seen a lot of Phil as a batsman but, like Alfie, he seems to have that mental toughness, and mental strength is the key in Test cricket. To do what he's done against probably the most formidable opponent Australia has struck in the last decade, on their home turf, it's phenomenal. He's just taken to Test cricket like a duck to water," said Hayden. (ANI)