Born: February 16, 1989
Major Teams: New South Wales, New South Wales Second XI, New South Wales Under-23s, Sydney Sixers
Playing Role: Opening Batsman
Batting Style: Left-Hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right-Arm Medium
Product: Kahuna Pro Players
An aggressive top-order batsman, Daniel Hughes forced his way into the NSW Blues side on sheer weight of runs.
Hughes set the benchmark for other batsmen early in the McDonald’s Sydney Grade competition with scores of 78, 66, 146 and 200 in the first four rounds of the 2015-16 competition.
He continued this form in the Toyota Futures League where he scored 300 against Tasmania at Coffs Harbour.
Hughes was called into the NSW Sheffield Shield team for the round five match against Queensland in Mackay. He went on to score 425 runs at 38.63 in six matches.
This included two centuries, with Hughes hitting four consecutive boundaries against Tasmania to not only win the match, but also bring up triple figures.
Hughes claimed his second Steve Waugh Medal in 2019-20 after receiving his first in 2017-18. The Blues and Sydney Sixers opener also claimed the NSW Blues Marsh One-Day Cup Player of the Season award.