Cape Town (South Africa), Mar.15 (ANI): Australian opener Phil Hughes' phenomenal entry to Test cricket could translate into a 500, 000 dollar windfall.
The NSW dynamo became the youngest player in Test history to score two centuries in the same match when he blasted 115 and 160 against South Africa last week.
With the hype comes the fiscal rewards that will make Hughes a millionaire by the age of 22, Fox Sports reports.
By making his Test debut and hitting his first ton for Australia, the diminutive opener has activated key performance bonuses worth an estimated 100,000 dollars in sponsorship deals with sporting giants Kookaburra and Adidas.
Hughes will be handed his first Cricket Australia contract next month, lifting his base playing salary to a minimum 180,000 dollars.
Should Hughes play in Australia's scheduled 14 Tests over the next year, he will pocket an additional 219,300 dollars in match payments. That adds up to 499,300 dollars.
Factor in Hughes' new county contract with Middlesex, and Australia's latest opener has buried the days when his parents, Greg and Virginia, maxed-out credit cards in the hope their boy would one day wear the baggy green.
"Sports people are rewarded according to performance and I think it's fair to say Hughesy stands to be rewarded handsomely this year. I'm confident Cricket Australia will look after him (with a playing contract)," said his manager Neil D'Costa, who also mentored Michael Clarke, now the Test vice-captain.
"We have some fantastic sponsors who jumped on board with Phil well before he made it to the top. He's got Adidas and Kookaburra on board and those contracts are only looking better now."
"His performance at the moment is equal to what the top players are doing, so if he continues at this rate he'll be earning more through sponsors off the field than he will through cricket.
"But Phil's not kidding himself. He knows he's got a long road ahead of him. He's not going to start worrying about his bank account. From day one, he hasn't let himself down.
"When he was going to play first-class cricket, he was already training like a guy who was playing international cricket."
Hughes' inner-steel comes from the no-nonsense roots of his family. Father Greg is a banana farmer who toils hard and says little as he ploughs through a 12-hour day in the fields of Macksville, a north-coast NSW town with a population just over 2000.
Mum Virginia has Italian blood and filled in her spare time selling raffle tickets to fund Hughes' cricket sojourns.
Last Thursday, Hughes was overlooked for Australia's Twenty20 and one-day outfits to play South Africa.
Criticised for his unusual technique, Hughes has already set himself the challenge of proving he can adapt to the one-day arena.
"People who criticise his technique don't understand top level sport," D'Costa said.
"There are four components to being good at sport - one is your physicality, one is your technicality, one is your mental skills and one is your emotional skills.
"I'll just keep judging him on the runs he scores." (ANI)