South Africa in Australia 2012-13 October 31, 2012

Can Hussey shrug South African slump?

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Michael Hussey is entering his 19th season of first-class cricket. In all that time, he has not faced a better attack than the South Africa group led by Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander. Since Steyn and Morkel arrived on the scene, Hussey has played eight Tests against South Africa for a top score of 50. Next week, he will walk out on to the Gabba and attempt to rectify that record with only one Sheffield Shield match behind him. He'd better hope it doesn't rain in Melbourne over the next four days.

Hussey is the first to admit that his preparation, which virtually begins and concludes with a Shield match against Victoria starting on Thursday, has been far from ideal. Even in the lead-up to the disastrous 2010-11 Ashes, a series that led to the Argus review and serious criticisms of Australia's preparation, he had played two Shield games before the first Test. Now, he hasn't played a first-class match since April, his longest such lay-off in five years.

It's not that he hasn't been playing cricket - there was the limited-overs tour of the UAE in August and September, followed by the World Twenty20 and the Champions League T20 - it's just that his bat hasn't been collecting red cherries. The best he has managed were some net sessions with a red ball facing his Chennai Super Kings team-mate Ben Hilfenhaus over the past few weeks in South Africa.

"It's not perfect. You'd definitely prefer at least a couple [of Shield games]," Hussey said. "But that's the way the schedule is and there's nothing I can do about it ... But I must admit my training while I was over in South Africa was trying to get back into Test match cricket mode. I was facing Ben Hilfenhaus with red balls over there. I have done a fair bit of work in the lead-up to this Shield game.

"This Shield game is very important as well. I'd prefer to have more first-class games but having said that I find the transition from Twenty20 into the longer form a lot easier than the other way around. I've always struggled going from a Test match into a T20 game. I've found that's taken me a lot longer. Hopefully I can make the adjustment relatively quickly."

Hussey is not the only batsman in Australia's Test side facing the same problem. None of Hussey, David Warner and Shane Watson have played first-class cricket since the Caribbean Test tour in April, and although they were all at the Champions League, Watson was sent home early to work on his Test preparation. At least Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Ed Cowan have been at home playing Shield cricket.

"It's probably the best attack that I've faced. They complement each other quite well."
Michael Hussey on the South Africans

Hussey can ill afford to head to the Gabba without red-ball runs to his name. Over the past four years, Australia and South Africa have delivered eight of the most magnificent Tests, but Hussey's contributions have been slim. Steyn and Morkel have each dismissed him five times, and although Hussey might be able to target the legspinner Imran Tahir, he will have to find a way to counteract the swing and bounce of South Africa's quicks.

"It's probably the best attack that I've faced," Hussey said. "They complement each other quite well. They're all different bowlers. Steyn is a bit shorter, extreme pace but can swing the ball away from the right hander. Morkel gets that awkward bounce so he's very different. He's a bit wider of the crease and bowls very well to the left handers in particular.

"Philander is extremely disciplined, lands the ball on the seam and does a little bit either way. They're well backed up by Kallis, who has done a fantastic job over a long time, and they've got a very good spinner as well. They're a very well rounded attack. They complement each other very well and we're going to have to play extremely well to get on top of them."

But Hussey knows that lying awake at night worrying about the South Africans won't help. Over the years, Hussey has admitted to sometimes over-thinking things and he has learnt that a clouded mind is his enemy. He knows that at 37, his next extended lean patch could be career-ending - though only if a younger batsman emerges from Shield cricket with better credentials, which for the time being is not happening. But he refuses to let himself become anxious over a record of 277 runs at 18.46 in his past eight Tests against South Africa.

"There's no point [worrying]," Hussey said. "I have tried doing that before, against England. I'd had a mediocre season against England and I was getting all worried about it, and then ended up performing a lot better against them next time. There's no point in worrying or stressing about anything that's happened in the past, because there's enough things to worry and stress about when you're out in the middle in a Test match anyway.

"The Test matches we've played against South Africa in South Africa have been extremely difficult for batting. I think back to the Cape Town game when we were bowled out for 40-odd, Michael Clarke's innings of 150 was one of the best innings I've ever seen, because the pitch was doing an extraordinary amount and no other batsman looked comfortable at all. I'm expecting the pitches in Australia to be very good, very true, and if you can get in and get through that initial period, there's no reason why a few of the guys can't go on and get big scores."

The question is whether Hussey is one of those guys. At least he knows he has the support of the national selector John Inverarity.

"Last year when [the selection panel] were contemplating the first Test team against India at the Boxing Day Test, we were discussing Ben Hilfenhaus, and a couple amongst us said Ben Hilfenhaus' record at the MCG is not at all good," Inverarity said this week. "Then one amongst us said 'well he's due to take wickets' and he got five. So I would say against the South Africans, Michael Hussey who is a very fine batsman, is due to make some runs."

The Australians just hope that in a month's time he's not overdue.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • MattyP1979 on November 3, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hussey is a fantastic player and looks fit enough to keep the emense talent of Aus out for a few more years yet. Punter too although far from his best is yards above those behind him. Watto might be out but i hear Bradman is getting a recall.

  • Meety on November 2, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    @Biggus on (November 01 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) - ditto re: Huss, I wish a couple of other batsmen from his state were a bit more Hussey-like!

  • on November 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @bollo: youngsters would still feel comfortable making their debuts in grounds like mcg and gabba amd the waca rather than in the wankhede or the lords cricket ground. Sorry for the mistake abt clarke, forgot :D

  • Biggus on November 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Well, with Mr Cricket, he's a guy you cut a little bit of slack when he's having a lean trot, just the same as we've done with many others in the past since they bring something to the team that no one else does. Doug Walters for his phlegmatic attitude and ability to swing a game in a session. Mark Taylor for his tactical brilliance in the captain's role. Steve Waugh for his inner steel. Huss is the universal batsman, the one-tool-fits-all of the batting world. Give him a job, ask anything of him and he'll willingly throw himself on the proverbial grenade for his team. I don't envy too many people in this world, but I sure could handle being a bit more like Mike Hussey. He's the perfect role model for the modern cricketer, and he keeps it real, no ego troubles for a man who's so obviously reasonably comfortable within his own skin.

  • Biggus on November 1, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Meety-Retirement home lol! Who's on fire now mate?

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @ rickyvoncanterbury on (November 01 2012, 07:56 AM GMT) - that's exactly what it is. @ hyclass on (November 01 2012, 07:02 AM GMT) - see, I like that post, mainly because you finished it the right way!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @ Meety - by retirement home - you mean IPL?..... hahahahaha superannuation for cricketers.

  • Caino94 on November 1, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    and here all of you critics go again..."hussey's too old" "he's losing his reflexes" "his batting has slumped"...First of all Hussey is as good as hes ever been, saving matches for australia more times than he could think of. Think back to the 2010-11 ashes series, we would have been doomed if it wasnt for Hussey (and Haddin on that point) time and time again when the top order collapsed and failed HE STOOD UP, 2009-10 against pakistan in sydney, 200 behind comes to the crease instead of swinging the bat around he caresses the ball around into the gaps picking up the 1s, 2s and 3s and the odd boundry. Hussey has saved australias bacon nearly every series, if Hussey wasnt around I think we would be easily no.5 in the test rankings and even lower in the ODI charts. Grit, determination and the never say die attitude hussey has makes him a legend that many people dont see because he doesnt have the glorious good looking cover drive of Clarkes or the powerful pull Watson has. HUSSEY No.1!!

  • stormy16 on November 1, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    There are not many who would be able to tame this SA attack on any conditions it will be interesting to see how Aus go. There are few players you would back in a tough situation and Hussey is one but it will be a test of his skills like no other.

  • hyclass on November 1, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    The SA '09 attack was better. Steyn, Ntini, Morkel, Kallis, Harris. That attack had over 1100 Test wickets at the time. Philander is a recently rising star with no great pace but a really good cricket brain. The SA batting might have something to say about Australias much publicised pace attack. I hope Australia does play a quality spinner. I wonder if Hauritz is still in the frame, given his superior batting and fielding. Amla has been in peerless form and is THE wicket. Kallis, Smith and the rest have imposing records. In Australias camp, Ponting gives every indication of being back to his best vintage and will need to be. The Warner/Cowan alliance may be short lived. Watson's fatigue issues have limited his impact.That leaves Clarke, Ponting and Hussey to carry the work load-all players whose games pre-date T20. As a unit, SA appears far more complete. All that stands against them is their lack of 1st class cricket and consequent concentration issues.I wish the Aus team best of luck

  • MattyP1979 on November 3, 2012, 19:36 GMT

    Hussey is a fantastic player and looks fit enough to keep the emense talent of Aus out for a few more years yet. Punter too although far from his best is yards above those behind him. Watto might be out but i hear Bradman is getting a recall.

  • Meety on November 2, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    @Biggus on (November 01 2012, 11:21 AM GMT) - ditto re: Huss, I wish a couple of other batsmen from his state were a bit more Hussey-like!

  • on November 1, 2012, 11:49 GMT

    @bollo: youngsters would still feel comfortable making their debuts in grounds like mcg and gabba amd the waca rather than in the wankhede or the lords cricket ground. Sorry for the mistake abt clarke, forgot :D

  • Biggus on November 1, 2012, 11:21 GMT

    Well, with Mr Cricket, he's a guy you cut a little bit of slack when he's having a lean trot, just the same as we've done with many others in the past since they bring something to the team that no one else does. Doug Walters for his phlegmatic attitude and ability to swing a game in a session. Mark Taylor for his tactical brilliance in the captain's role. Steve Waugh for his inner steel. Huss is the universal batsman, the one-tool-fits-all of the batting world. Give him a job, ask anything of him and he'll willingly throw himself on the proverbial grenade for his team. I don't envy too many people in this world, but I sure could handle being a bit more like Mike Hussey. He's the perfect role model for the modern cricketer, and he keeps it real, no ego troubles for a man who's so obviously reasonably comfortable within his own skin.

  • Biggus on November 1, 2012, 11:05 GMT

    @Meety-Retirement home lol! Who's on fire now mate?

  • Meety on November 1, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    @ rickyvoncanterbury on (November 01 2012, 07:56 AM GMT) - that's exactly what it is. @ hyclass on (November 01 2012, 07:02 AM GMT) - see, I like that post, mainly because you finished it the right way!

  • rickyvoncanterbury on November 1, 2012, 7:56 GMT

    @ Meety - by retirement home - you mean IPL?..... hahahahaha superannuation for cricketers.

  • Caino94 on November 1, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    and here all of you critics go again..."hussey's too old" "he's losing his reflexes" "his batting has slumped"...First of all Hussey is as good as hes ever been, saving matches for australia more times than he could think of. Think back to the 2010-11 ashes series, we would have been doomed if it wasnt for Hussey (and Haddin on that point) time and time again when the top order collapsed and failed HE STOOD UP, 2009-10 against pakistan in sydney, 200 behind comes to the crease instead of swinging the bat around he caresses the ball around into the gaps picking up the 1s, 2s and 3s and the odd boundry. Hussey has saved australias bacon nearly every series, if Hussey wasnt around I think we would be easily no.5 in the test rankings and even lower in the ODI charts. Grit, determination and the never say die attitude hussey has makes him a legend that many people dont see because he doesnt have the glorious good looking cover drive of Clarkes or the powerful pull Watson has. HUSSEY No.1!!

  • stormy16 on November 1, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    There are not many who would be able to tame this SA attack on any conditions it will be interesting to see how Aus go. There are few players you would back in a tough situation and Hussey is one but it will be a test of his skills like no other.

  • hyclass on November 1, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    The SA '09 attack was better. Steyn, Ntini, Morkel, Kallis, Harris. That attack had over 1100 Test wickets at the time. Philander is a recently rising star with no great pace but a really good cricket brain. The SA batting might have something to say about Australias much publicised pace attack. I hope Australia does play a quality spinner. I wonder if Hauritz is still in the frame, given his superior batting and fielding. Amla has been in peerless form and is THE wicket. Kallis, Smith and the rest have imposing records. In Australias camp, Ponting gives every indication of being back to his best vintage and will need to be. The Warner/Cowan alliance may be short lived. Watson's fatigue issues have limited his impact.That leaves Clarke, Ponting and Hussey to carry the work load-all players whose games pre-date T20. As a unit, SA appears far more complete. All that stands against them is their lack of 1st class cricket and consequent concentration issues.I wish the Aus team best of luck

  • Greatest_Game on November 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    All the predictions voiced here will be wrong, one way or another. This series has the makings of a true TEST of skill, resolve, stamina, self-belief, personality….all the factors that are pushed to the breaking point in true cricket. Given the way young players are raking in easy money with a schedule packed full of short format games, my money is on the old war-horses to still be standing, and performing, by day five. Tough-as-leather old campaigners like Hussey, Kallis & Punter can single handedly determine a game, not with displays of dazzling skill but with unbreakable concentration, patience & iron will. Who can forget Kallis' defense against India in Jan 2011 - a century in each innings, last out inns 1, not out inns 2, batting for 14 hours in extreme pain with broken ribs, he saved the match, & series, for SA. Hussey & Ponting are men cut from the same cloth. Dismiss them at your peril - they will laugh last! I'm a Saffer, & I'll NEVER write off Huss, Punter, Kallis, or Smith.

  • on November 1, 2012, 5:24 GMT

    I really like Hussey but I think his career is going to come to an end after this series... Same with Punter I guess.

  • foursandsixes on November 1, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    I think this series will signal the end of Huss and Punter. They have no chance against the Saffer quicks as (1) Huss isn't ready and (2) Punter's reflexes will be slowing down also just like SRT and he will keep getting bowled or LBW

  • Aussiesforever on November 1, 2012, 2:22 GMT

    @reality_check27 - I dont understand why you are dragging India into this discussion...You should be worried about your teams 8 consecutive test loss instead of criticising Aussies.....

  • dylland on November 1, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    at least he can play the short ball better then his brother.

  • sawifan on November 1, 2012, 1:41 GMT

    @brusselslion, despite it being an obvious dig at the AUS team, i think you are unfortunately correct. There are not too many young Aussie batsman scoring runs, lots of runs, in the Shield. Whilst Punter and Huss are among the best in Australia, regardless of age, they should still play. I dont believe in gifting a 'cap' just because a player is old. And on batsmen in the Shield, Punter is the current leading run scorer, so he is definitely among the top 6 bats in AUS right now.

  • L4zybugg3r on October 31, 2012, 23:48 GMT

    I really like hussey for a lot of reasons but I think this might be the end for him, he hasn't had ideal preparation and I just don't see him doing better than mediocre this series. Ponting on the other hand, looks like the break has helped a lot and I think he at least has a decent chance of having a good series. In a lot of ways I think it would've been better to drop hussey a few years ago when his form first dropped off so he could hopefully come back stronger.

  • Meety on October 31, 2012, 23:03 GMT

    @Andy Plowright - well said, trouble is - nobody wants to captain the underachieving Saffas! @reality_check27 on (October 31 2012, 12:02 PM GMT) - please enlighten me as to the other 3 defeats in a seires in the last 5 yrs in Oz? Lets see The Saffas 08, The Ashes 2010/11 - and.......? @SurlyCynic on (October 31 2012, 12:11 PM GMT) - by retirement home - you mean IPL?

  • wellrounded87 on October 31, 2012, 21:12 GMT

    This should be a cracking series. Australia and South Africa match up really well. The Saffas obviously have a stronger batting lineup then we do and that's their advantage i think. But we have the advantage of being at home and SA haven't exactly done well as favourites in the past. Desperation to hold onto the top rank might be their worst enemy. Can't wait to see how it all plays out, hopefully warner and cowan get some runs

  • on October 31, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    mr.cricket and sir ricky ponting will b the stand out players of the series,,,,watch south africans.....legends arrived.............

  • on October 31, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    South Africa have a definite edge over Australia. And I have a feeling that this might very well be the farewell series for PONTING and HUSSEY.

  • brusselslion on October 31, 2012, 16:08 GMT

    The fact that the Aussie selectors are loath to replace Ponting & Hussey suggests that the pipeline is dry; a view supported by the performance of the Aussie 'A' and 1 day's team on this year's tour to England.

  • marlon17 on October 31, 2012, 16:04 GMT

    Mr Cricket will do a better job against this world class bowling attack... Good luck Hussey.. One of my all favorite...!!!

  • bouncedout on October 31, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    Been a good player, as has Ponting, but this series will be the end for both of them

  • Saffacricket on October 31, 2012, 15:03 GMT

    @Bollo. Mate, I am relishing this fight. Australia in Australia are very very hard to beat, and your young quicks are a bit of an unknown quantity to us. In a few years' time with a bit of experience I see your bowling attack being the best. There's a lot of depth and they each offer something different. If Huss and Punter both come to the party we will have our hands very full. I think we have an edge, but no more, and I am not sure the favourites tag sits comfortably on us.

  • Bollo on October 31, 2012, 14:43 GMT

    Very interested to see the performances of the two old-timers (Kallis/Ponting) this series. I think Ponting is obviously more important to Aus chances than Kallis is to SAF, (simply because SAf seem to have more world-class players) but Kallis will be desperate to perform well against the team he has struggled most against (bat ave.39, bow; ave.38). Hopefully both can have a series to remember.

  • Bollo on October 31, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    @Chaman Betrabet - dropping Clarke(captain), Ponting and Hussey in one fell swoop...(obviously only in comfortable home conditions vs Steyn Morkel et al) hate to think what you`d do to the current Indian line-up.

  • landl47 on October 31, 2012, 14:35 GMT

    I have nothing but admiration for Mike Hussey. If I were starting a side and wanted a character guy to inspire the others, he would be my first choice. At 37, he doesn't have long left and this is a very tough attack to face. Hopefully he'll be able to pull it off one more time.

  • Percy_Fender on October 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Michael Hussey will do better than every other Australian because of his grit and tenacity. While that may not be saying much,I wish him the very best of luck to play against the Saffas. Australia needs more members in the team like Mr Cricket to give themselves a better image. Whatever it is Australia will do better than England did at home recently.

  • lthornte on October 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT

    Although Hussey is one of my favourite players over all forms of the game i still believe that the this series has the potential to be his last. His form in all forms of the game hasn't been to shabby in recent times, but in comparison to the high standards he has created over the years, they seem to me below par. If a poor series from Hussey coincides with a poor series result for Australia I feel that Hussey, more so then Ponting will be seen as the scapegoat by the local media and this will lead to an end of his test career as the selectors will look to blood a new batsmen during the subsequent Sri Lankan series. i for one hopes this doesn't eventuate, but in that scenario I believe that the selectors should look at QLD's Joe Burns or SA's Callum Ferguson as his replacement. Long live Mr Cricket

  • on October 31, 2012, 14:12 GMT

    Hussey and Punter should have retired so as to enable a young batsman like Forrest or Bailey to play in comfortable home conditions before moving to a tough 2013 with home and away tours of england and the tour of india. Lack of planning could destroy stralia like india. i would recommend the following team to play against sa and sri lanka this summer : 1.Warner 2.Watson 3.Marsh 4.Forrest 5.Bailey 6.D Hussey 7.Wade 8.Harris/Hilfenhaus 9.Lyon 10.Starc 11.Pattinson/Cummins

  • RagTagTeam on October 31, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    Huss is one player I would not want to face SA without. So what if he has a bad recent record against them, this guy can be a damn fortress.

    Punter and Huss to dominate. That's before Clarke/Warner/Watson have had their say.

  • Mikecricket on October 31, 2012, 13:35 GMT

    Hussey will do great he will get tons

  • on October 31, 2012, 13:01 GMT

    To those bagging ponting he currently has the most runs for this sheild season (350) with a high score of 162no. so if we are picking players on form he shouldn't he be first chosen ? Tipping man of the series from Ricky.

  • SurlyCynic on October 31, 2012, 12:15 GMT

    Andy Plowright: It's not possible to win every test, and not every loss is proof of 'choking'. Otherwise all teams choke. Aus have a great young bowling attack and the pitches are bound to be spicy, so we could see low scoring tests which could go either way. To suggest that an Aus win would see the end of Smith as captain, after SA just thumped England away and reached #1 is frankly ridiculous trolling.

  • SurlyCynic on October 31, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    In the past, cricket players had to worry about what to do after their playing careers. These days, however, players like Hussey and Sachin can go straight from a playing career to the retirement home so that problem is solved.

  • reality_check27 on October 31, 2012, 12:02 GMT

    hopefully this 4th test series loss at home in last 5 years will shut all australian mouths for good as they dont seem to learn as in last 7 years india hasnt lost a single test series at home and southafrica has lost only one as australia hasalready lost 3 and we all know they will lose this one as well.And as far as them saying that they wil beat india in india u havent won a test match from the last 6 that u have played in indiia and now u dont even have a average spinner let alone a good one to win in india . As for south africa there pace attack is far better than yours and south african batting line up is better than your as well.

  • WonkyFNQ on October 31, 2012, 12:01 GMT

    @RednWhiteArmy: Not to the extent that your blokes will need in India. Don't be surprised if Australia turn up for the next Ashes series ranked No1 in the world, and England ranked 3.

  • Pappu_bhai on October 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    I agree with TommytuckerSaffas comment.They will be forced to retire after this series.Both are in such a bad form preventing inform players from the playing 11.If they are selected Clark has no option to make them sit in the bench.A simple advice to both Retire before people call for ur heads.

  • RednWhiteArmy on October 31, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    In all honesty australia only really need one thing to win this series...a miracle

  • disco_bob on October 31, 2012, 11:31 GMT

    They were saying the same thing about Kallis' form in England before the last Eng/SA series, but he did alright.

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    Why are Australia still playing with oldies? We all know that India was a woeful team overseas and that's where Ponting, Hussey and even the English batsmen all piled on runs against them. But SA attack would take apart any batting lineup.

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. You say that this series might be the end of Hussey and Ponting: what about the flip side? If this apparently mighty SA attack can't get rid of two old-stagers, and the Australian attack take down South Africa and win the series, then the choking tag still applies and we may see the end of Smith as captain.

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    mike hussey is the best choice ever of fans .i like him very much .go mikeeeeee its ur time

  • timtom on October 31, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Dont worry abt form...Next series is against INDIA....Time for allout of form batsmen to hit double and triple centuries.....This will also make sure Ponting /Hussey play ashes....

  • Porky_PigTheToon on October 31, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    My gut feeling says Hussey will fail in this series !

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Smith going to end Huss's and ponting's career>Good joke its rather going to be the otherway round !

  • rienzied on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Huss is the true great of the game. he is a team player and is very adaptable to any form of cricket. he is the finisher and the glue that hold the lower order together. He will be fine , my concern with Australia, is Shane Watson, he needs to find the right position in the test batting line up. At the same time while Cowan has a more solid technique, his test scores are mediocre. Worse still warner's technique is poor for this form and sadly his form seems to be rather poor. I hope they are scoring soon. South Africa on the other hand have 5 top batsmen in Smith, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers and Duminey who made Australia his 2nd home the last time he was here....

  • DickCam on October 31, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Sadly, the Saffas will end Hussey's career.

  • on October 31, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Not worried. I'd let Huss bat for my life.

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 31, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I have a vision. Hussey and Pointing are forced into their retirement homes after the SA series. SA delivers the final blow to their careers and with it, the final nail enters the coffin. Smith forced Strauss to fall on this sword, which shocked many people - Hussey and Punto to follow shortly.

  • Meety on October 31, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Go Huss, merely a blip that you'll correct this series!

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  • Meety on October 31, 2012, 7:50 GMT

    Go Huss, merely a blip that you'll correct this series!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on October 31, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    I have a vision. Hussey and Pointing are forced into their retirement homes after the SA series. SA delivers the final blow to their careers and with it, the final nail enters the coffin. Smith forced Strauss to fall on this sword, which shocked many people - Hussey and Punto to follow shortly.

  • on October 31, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    Not worried. I'd let Huss bat for my life.

  • DickCam on October 31, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    Sadly, the Saffas will end Hussey's career.

  • rienzied on October 31, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    Huss is the true great of the game. he is a team player and is very adaptable to any form of cricket. he is the finisher and the glue that hold the lower order together. He will be fine , my concern with Australia, is Shane Watson, he needs to find the right position in the test batting line up. At the same time while Cowan has a more solid technique, his test scores are mediocre. Worse still warner's technique is poor for this form and sadly his form seems to be rather poor. I hope they are scoring soon. South Africa on the other hand have 5 top batsmen in Smith, Amla, Kallis, De Villiers and Duminey who made Australia his 2nd home the last time he was here....

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    Smith going to end Huss's and ponting's career>Good joke its rather going to be the otherway round !

  • Porky_PigTheToon on October 31, 2012, 10:13 GMT

    My gut feeling says Hussey will fail in this series !

  • timtom on October 31, 2012, 10:15 GMT

    Dont worry abt form...Next series is against INDIA....Time for allout of form batsmen to hit double and triple centuries.....This will also make sure Ponting /Hussey play ashes....

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:28 GMT

    mike hussey is the best choice ever of fans .i like him very much .go mikeeeeee its ur time

  • on October 31, 2012, 10:33 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa. You say that this series might be the end of Hussey and Ponting: what about the flip side? If this apparently mighty SA attack can't get rid of two old-stagers, and the Australian attack take down South Africa and win the series, then the choking tag still applies and we may see the end of Smith as captain.