Yorkshire (UK), Aug.6 (ANI): Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has been spending some of his time off the field consoling dumped youngster Phillip Hughes.
Watson was a surprise selection for the third Ashes Test at Edgbaston and made the most of it with back-to-back half centuries (62 and 53) as an opener.
On the other hand, Hughes, who had come to England as one of the most exciting batting talents, was quickly dumped after low scores of 36, 4 and 17 in the first two Tests at Cardiff (Wales) and Lord's (London).
According to The Age, the Australian brains trust believed that England had his number. The 20-year-old has struggled against their short-ball assault on this tour.
Watson, 28, is no stranger to setbacks himself, having had his career regularly stalled because of injury since first making his one-day international debut seven years ago.
Hughes said he was "disappointed" to be dumped but had tried to take on Watson's advice on board.
"He talked about his frustrations over the past couple of years about playing a couple of games and then having to sit out," Hughes told Fox Sports.
"He said that sometimes it could take you a week or two to get your mind fresh. He always looked on the positive side of things. His advice was to always stay positive," Hughes added.
Watson believed Hughes would learn from the experience and come back a better player.
"We had a bit of a chat about it and the processes you go through, you have to realign your focus of what you have to do," he said.
"Normally it takes a week or two to stop moping around and start thinking about the start of things you need to do. He is ready to go and wants to start improving his game.A great young guy and a fantastic batsman. He will no doubt learn from this," Watson said. (ANI)