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Hughes to copy Cook in India

By AAP .
26 January 2013 08:30PM EST

HAVING excelled in his Australian exams, Phil Hughes says he'll now go to school on England captain Alastair Cook to unlock the secrets of scoring big in India.

Hughes says he'll study the methods which brought Cook stunning subcontinent success ahead of Australia's tour of India next month.

Cook compiled 562 runs, including three tons, at the imposing average of 80.28 in England's triumphant four-Test series in India late last year.

And Hughes, who has cemented his spot in Australia's Test and one-day line-ups with a summer-long scoring spree, says he will learn from his fellow left-handed batsman.

"I watched a bit of footage and I will get that up again and have a look, especially the way Alastair Cook played, being a left-hander as well, in those conditions that took a lot of turn," Hughes said.

"You have got to research, the way they (India) go about it is totally different cricket to Australia.

"I have toured India before but I haven't played a Test match in India, so you have got to do the research because it's totally different conditions to here.

"The majority of the time they open with spin so it's going to be non-stop spin, spin, spin."

Hughes' form surge has reaped more than 1530 runs in all formats since the Australian season started last October.

"It is a good feeling," the 24-year-old said.

"When you strike form, I want to make the most of it.

"I feel like I am seeing the ball early and I feel like I'm comfortable at the crease and I want to make the most of that.

"Mentally I feel right, overall it's just nice to be playing cricket and contributing to different teams ... getting runs in different formats, it's a nice feeling."

After a successful return to the Test team netted 253 runs at 54.82 against Sri Lanka, Hughes struck two centuries and peeled off 257 runs at 64.25 against the Lankans in the one-day series.

And while his next international challenge is the limited overs series against the West Indies, Hughes admitted the Indian tour was on his mind.

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