Hughes, who may yet make way for injured all rounder Shane Watson [ Images ] for Australia's four-Test series against India [ Images ], kept his place in the side that completed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory in the first Test in Brisbane [ Images ] despite struggling for form.
The 23-year-old left-hander scored just 10 and seven in the Brisbane Test and all rounder Dan Christian, who was brought into the squad as a replacement for the injured Ben Cutting, had very nearly forced his way into the side to make his Test debut, captain Michael Clarke [ Images ] told reporters.
"We spoke about (playing Christian). That's why he is here," Clarke told local media. "We know what he can do with the ball. It was a long debate.
"But we felt the team played well in Brisbane and it is important to keep a winning team."
Christian would have added an extra option to the three pace bowlers who skittled New Zealand for just 150 in their second innings at the Gabba [ Images ], but Clarke said he would rotate a number of part-timers, including himself, and utilise offspinner Nathan Lyon to give the attack a rest.
"There is a lot more grass (on the wicket) than I have ever seen at Hobart," Clarke said.
"Day one is going to be tough for the batters, especially if it is overcast, then hopefully it will turn into a pretty good wicket.
"There is probably a concern if your front line bowlers don't do the job with the new ball. It could be quite a long day but I am confident."
Australia: Michael Clarke (captain), David Warner, Phil Hughes, Usman Khawaja, Ricky Ponting [ Images ], Michael Hussey [ Images ], Brad Haddin [ Images ], Peter Siddle [ Images ], James Pattinson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon.