Merv was selected for Victoria in 1981-82, and made his first appearance for Australia against India in 1985-1986. During his international career Merv played in 53 Test matches, taking 212 wickets. He played 33 One Day Internationals, taking 38 wickets. He took a hat trick in a Test against the West Indies at the WACA in 1988-89, and went on to take 8-87. In 1993, Merv saved his greatest series performance for the 1993 Ashes tour, when bowling partner Craig McDermott was ruled out with a twisted bowel. Over the six Tests, Merv took 31 wickets from almost 300 overs, helping Australia to a 4-1 victory over England. As a successful author, Merv has also released many cricket books, including `Merv's Best Sporting Insults' and his most recent, `Merv Hughes 104 Cricket Legends'. In February 2015 Merv was one of 10 celebrities who made their way into the South African Jungle for the first ever series of Network TENS's `I'm A Celebrity Get Me out of Here'. The show proved to be a ratings smash hit for TEN with Merv making it all the way to the final week and into the hearts of the Australian public. Merv enjoys successful partnerships with Diadora, Australian Sports Tours, Grunt, Coles & ManShake.