Aussie axe allows Hughes Worcestershire stay for full 2012 campaign
Australia opener Phil Hughes will join Worcestershire for the entire 2012 campaign
Hughes was initially scheduled to link up with the Royals from early June for the remainder of the season.
Stay and play: Australian Phil Hughes
But his recent axing from the Australian Test squad means Hughes is now keen to play a full season of county cricket in a bid to regain his form and place back on the international stage.
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: 'We are delighted to have available a player of Phil's stature for the whole 2012 season.
'This was our original plan when we first set out in search of Phil's signature and it will give the dressing room a real boost.
'Having spoken to Phil, he views playing a full English season as a fantastic opportunity to score plenty of runs and, in turn, it is hoped this will bring success to the team.
'We are looking forward to him joining up with the squad at the start of April.'
Hughes said: 'I'm thrilled to have been able to agree terms with Worcestershire to extend my 2012 contract to the full county season.
'I haven't played a full season of domestic cricket for more than two years and I can't wait to get to England and meet my new team-mates.
'I've heard so many positive things about the county's structure, environment and wicket which are all really favourable for what I want to achieve in the coming 12 months.'
Meanwhile, Worcestershire all-rounder Gareth Andrew will miss the start of the new campaign after undergoing knee surgery.