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Could one Hussey replace another?

Brydon Coverdale

December 31, 2012

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Just as Mark Waugh's Test debut came at the expense of his brother Steve, David Hussey is now dreaming of a possible baggy green call-up, thanks to the retirement of his brother Michael. The chances might be slim, given that he is 35 and has struggled for Sheffield Shield form this summer, but Hussey knows that the gaping hole left by the departures of his brother and Ricky Ponting could send Australia's selectors in search of a veteran.

Usman Khawaja is the most likely man to be given a chance at No.6 for the upcoming tours of India and England, but the coach Mickey Arthur has conceded that the unexpected departure of Hussey could force a rethink in the way the selectors approach their task. Without naming names, Arthur has raised the possibility of looking to an older, wiser head with Australia facing such a busy year of Test cricket.

"When you have Ponting, Hussey and Clarke, it was all about injecting some youth into our side," Arthur told the Sydney Morning Herald. "The ground rules have changed now because we've lost a massive amount of experience. That's why we need to sit down and chat. Is it another experienced player, or are we happy to go with a young gun? There's a lot of guys who come under consideration now.

"With Test matches in India and England, we've got to sit down [and ask], 'Do we want to have a look at a guy who is a proven run-scorer, who has the right stats both in Australia and outside of Australia and can get hundreds'?"

If the selectors do go for experience abroad and a proven century-maker, David Hussey would be a leading candidate, while another option would be bringing the wicketkeeper Brad Haddin back as a specialist batsman. Chris Rogers falls into the same category, but as a specialist opener, he would be the fifth such man in the Australian line-up, alongside Ed Cowan, David Warner, Phillip Hughes and Shane Watson.

Hussey has 12,459 first-class runs to his name at an average of 53.70 and he has plenty of experience in England, having piled up runs for Nottinghamshire over the years. The first Ashes Test is scheduled for Trent Bridge, the Nottinghamshire home ground, and a venue where Hussey has made 3353 first-class runs at 76.20, including a remarkable 15 centuries.

Statistically, Hussey has done enough over his career to warrant selection. He has made centuries in 15.89% of his first-class innings, a higher percentage than any of his rivals for the Test position, and higher even than Michael Clarke, whose figure is 14.23%. By comparison, Khawaja scores a ton 10.6% of the time, Alex Doolan 7.93%, Rob Quiney 7.5%, George Bailey 9.03%, Rogers 13.93% and Haddin 6.14%.

However, his form this summer has been disappointing: in seven first-class innings this summer he is yet to pass fifty. If he was to debut at 35, he would also be the oldest specialist batsman to make his Test debut for Australia since Ken Eastwood, who played one Test in 1971 at the age of 35. Hussey said he hoped his age would not be held against him.

"I desperately want to play Test cricket and I haven't had the opportunity," Hussey said. "I think Michael Clarke always says that age is no barrier. If you're making runs at 17 or making runs at 45, you're still going to be in the frame for selection. My advantage is I've played for a long time, I know my game pretty well, I've made a lot of first-class runs. Allegedly I'm a very good player of spin, so I'd love to prove myself against the Indians."

Hussey's best chance to impress the selectors with current form and remind them of his credentials will come in the second half of the Sheffield Shield season, which begins in late January, after the completion of the Big Bash League.

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Posted by Meety on (January 3, 2013, 2:04 GMT)

@Nutcutlet on (December 31 2012, 19:52 PM GMT) - in 1989, Oz was labelled the weakest Oz team to reach English shores. That didn't turn out too good for England fans!

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 7:42 GMT)

Please let it be so. David Hussey remains one of the best batsmen not to play a Test for Australia and deserves an opportunity, albeit very late in his career. It may not be a move boosting the long-term options for the team, yet would be a just one. David has a higher first class average than his brother or either of the Waugh twins at 53.77.

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 2, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

its not possible to replace his brother.... take a bow mr.cricket

Posted by   on (January 2, 2013, 1:54 GMT)

D Hussey is good, But it can never replace Mr Cricket... Ahh its gonna be a big loss.

Posted by class9ryan on (January 1, 2013, 12:53 GMT)

Australia will have problems with d top order against India - Both Cowan and Warner r not gr8 against spinners. But Warner having played in India before should b a part of d side. Its important that Watson gets his chance at the top because he averages 41 as a opener .Why is he batting at no. 3 or 4 ? Khawaja has 2 b in d side against India atleast on turny tracks in India in place of Cowan. My batting order would be 1. Warner 2. Watson 3. Hughes 4. Khawaja 5. Clarke 6. Wade 7. Maxwell / D Hussey .

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 1, 2013, 7:08 GMT)

Dave Hussey - Has been a great shield/county player unfortunately he never got an oppotrunity and now given his age I doubt he will ever receive one. The rebuilding phase that Australia are in we are unlikely to go down the path of a 36 year old debutant.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 1, 2013, 7:07 GMT)

Marcio - I think Front-Foot-Lunge learned a new word this month in Minnow and wants to drop it in as many posts as possible. He has the one joke which is quite poor and keeps using it over and over again. THink its best we ignore him as his posts make very little sense and he cant back any of his insults up with facts or data. Sometime soon Australia will return the Ashes and he will go into obscurity.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 1, 2013, 7:02 GMT)

Wefinish this you are sacking Cowan and Watson because they average under 40, well D Hussey, Khawaja and Burns are all averaging under 40 this shield season. Burns averaging 30 and Hussey significantly below. I dont understand your logic surely test match runs are harder than shield runs.

Posted by Beertjie on (January 1, 2013, 6:41 GMT)

@ Jared Hansen on (January 01 2013, 00:43 AM GMT) I'm not sure you're entirely right "that the Dave Hussey talk seems to be totally media-driven." Imo it followed the crazy selection of Maxwell. That selection took place before Huss announced his retirement. When he did, it merely added to our fears that picking Maxwell was wasting an opportunity to have Khawaja in the team to bed him down. But look at matters from the point of view of the NSP. They thought Watto would be a genuine 5th bowler: he bowled 48 overs in Hobart. Then they found he couldn't bowl at the G. If they then saw him as a filler-in, they hoped to get something similar from Maxwell. But Huss's retirement undercuts that because it reduces stability. Latching on to David allows a more logical outcome given Watto's perceived new role. This is speculative but it is based on linking the sequences rather than merely a feel-good story. MC is looking for wise counsel atm so if his form improves he fits the various needs.

Posted by Wefinishthis on (January 1, 2013, 6:26 GMT)

I still don't see how Cowan and Watson are even in our top 6. Between them they've scored 3 centuries and each average 35 after umpteen series now. Below 40 after 4 series is unacceptable for a top 4 batsman. We really only have Clarke and Warner as the only certainties. Watson and Cowan are next to useless at the moment and Hughes has to really perform over the India, Ashes and subsequent series or it has to be his last chance. For India I'd be looking at Warner, Burns, Khawaja, Hughes, Clarke, D.Hussey and Wade as our top 7. The only thing really going for us is that India are the weakest they've been in years, however I just can't see our batsmen matching Pujara, Tendulkar and their army of spinners.

Posted by KhanMitch on (January 1, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

I think the bottom line is that selectors had the chance to reinvigorate the team after the Ashes, and they could have got someone like Khawaja in earlier where he would now be a 17 test veteran and the top order would look must stronger. We saw this last summer but the NSP didn't act fast enough. What we need to realise now is that the number 6 position needs a solid batsman not a T20 allrounder, but i fear the selectors in their quest for another allrounder won't get Khawaja in and we will only learn the difficult lesson after a failed ashes.

Posted by righthandbat on (January 1, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

If Australia go with experience in DJ Hussey or Rogers, or whether they go with Hughes, Khawaja, Doolan, whoever... they need to straighten out one obvious problem - Clarke not batting at 3. If Clarke bats at 3, being the most senior member of the team, it allows the newer players (even veterans like DJ Hussey) to slot in down the order. Hughes is not number 3 material.

Butterworth should be playing and not Maxwell. If necessary pick DJ Hussey for his part-timers and play Butterworth as a bowler, giving you a very long batting lineup.

Posted by Min2000 on (January 1, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

Suddenly Aussie are looking very reliant on Clarke and Watson. The jury is still out on Cowan, Khawaja, Wade... even Warner at test level. Dave Hussey at 6 wouldnt be a bad selection at all.

Posted by OzWally on (January 1, 2013, 2:17 GMT)

What are they thinking, this is a panic move (idea) and would be a colossal mistake. David Hussey's time has come and gone. Are they seriously considering promoting someone that is averaging 17 in Shield cricket this year?

There is a reason why Wade is playing over Haddin already, 11 years age difference. Give me the young guy that's in form (Doolan, etc.) over the old experienced guy anytime. No one wants to hear stories from yesteryear back in the shed after they've been bundled out for a handful of runs.

Posted by Marcio on (January 1, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

@front-foot-lunge, I sincerely hope u don't actually start understanding any of these AUS articles you are so obsessed with, or u might actually come up with a genuine point.

Posted by magpye on (January 1, 2013, 1:16 GMT)

Are you serious ? Even if David Hussey, Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin were younger, none of them have a good enough technique to perform consistently as batsmen in test cricket. You have quality youngsters like Khawaja, Doolan and Paine and we do not give them a go. How do you get experience unless you are given the chance ? I am genuinely frightened however as the selectors have sent so many mixed messages this summer , who knows what they will do ???

Posted by Chris_P on (January 1, 2013, 1:14 GMT)

I;ll say it again, if form warrants it, then age has no bearing. You pick the best available. Unfortunately for DH, he has probably picked the wrong part of his career to have a slump & with no fc fixtures for another few more week,s he may be in deep trouble. That said, the only thing he has going for him is that no other batsman is in outstanding fc form to barnstorm their way into the team. Interesting times ahead, re: selection wise.

Posted by hycIass on (January 1, 2013, 0:51 GMT)

The issue is that even if Wade gets runs against Sri Lanka at 6 it won't mean runs against the POMs. I would run with Usman This time they need to stick with Khawaja and Hughes for a long time give them a chance to feel comfortable at the highest level even if it means a short term struggle, they both have what it takes. Warner to bowl more overs in sydney.

Posted by   on (January 1, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

I'm irritated that the Dave Hussey talk seems to be totally media-driven. The selectors flagged him as a possibility - if I recall mentioned alongside Chris Rogers last season - if something happened to the incumbent batsmen. However his form has dropped off badly in the interim. I understand a lot of people for various reasons want the feel-good story of one brother replacing another, but realistically he's too old (2 years max), his form is bad... and, frankly, he'd have gotten into the Test side if he'd performed better in the ODI side.

Posted by hycIass on (January 1, 2013, 0:04 GMT)

@wix99 i agree with you bud, we have to focus on the players who can deliver for us for the next 5-10 years and Khawaja is the man for that. Maxwell needs more time in sheild as his bowling won't stand up in India and batting needs more big centuries in shield. @Nutcutlet you are correct in that Khawaja has good experience in tough English conditions as he lead Derbyshire to a second division title last season ending a 20 year wait for them. @davidpk unlike some other readers i don't think being born overseas is working against Khawaja as CA encourages this rather then hinder it. We need Khawaja for the ashes.

Posted by Rumman.H on (December 31, 2012, 23:28 GMT)

Give David Hussey a go!!! Tough as old-school cricketer!

Posted by wix99 on (December 31, 2012, 21:08 GMT)

The selectors must choose a batsman aged under 30 to replace Mike Hussey. Any talk of selecting David Hussey or Brad Haddin is foolish. Selectors must look to the future not the past.

Usman Khawaja and Glenn Maxwell could play cricket for Australia for the next ten years. The selectors also need to make sure they give younger players a chance to establish themselves in the team. Remember Steve Waugh didn't star at the beginning of his Test career but went on to become one of Australia's greatest batsmen.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 31, 2012, 19:52 GMT)

@whoster:yep, I think you've called it right. The weakest Oz batting line-up for many a long year is in prospect for the Ashes. And that is one good reason for going with David Hussey. He knows English conditions well & Khawaja knows something about them too after his time with Derbyshire last so-called summer (admittedly that was in Div.2). Although Watson is a steady bat, the swinging ball tends to find him out. He doesn't pose too much of a threat to England's bowlers, IMO. At the moment, only Michael Clarke looks a real threat: the one class act in the line-up. Chris Rogers must be considered, surely. He's played for several counties & that must count in his favour. Being 35 should also strengthen his case for a year or two whilst there are so many youngsters in the team, but Oz traditionally doesn't do short-term investments. This may be the exception that proves the rule, though. It'll be interesting to see who makes it to England. Indian experience is hardly going to help!

Posted by Alexei on (December 31, 2012, 19:41 GMT)

I say pick him. I don't think the younger crop is ready yet... And this has been said for some while now, there is scarce young talent in the pool so give D Hussey about 3 years so Hughes, Khawaja and Warner can grow around him and Clarke. If not, I would bet my bottom dollar the batsmen will struggle on away pitches

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 17:17 GMT)

D Hussy or BJ Haddin selection will send a bad message

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 31, 2012, 16:43 GMT)

At David Hussey's age, even if he is batting well, the selectors would normally prefer someone who was going to be around for more than a few years. Hussey has probably warranted selection on form in the past and has been overlooked so I doubt that will change now that his form doesn't warrant his selection. If he's chosen then it will be for his experience rather than his batting.

Posted by Ragav999 on (December 31, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

@Gaurav Manchanda: Very well put. I could not have said it better. He is the ultimate performer and the impact he has had in the 8 years of international cricket is huge.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

@Ross Fleming. Hussey plays fine in England. He has done so for Nottinghamshire for years. I watch him at Trent Bridge regularly...

Posted by landl47 on (December 31, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Hussey's been among the unluckiest players ever- how many players with his career average (and it's a genuine average, over many years and many matches) have never been picked for even one test? If he's picked, good luck to him, he deserves it.

Whether picking a 35-year old debutant who is averaging 17 in the Shield this season is the way forward for Australia is a somewhat different issue. Mickey Arthur's comment that "There are a lot of guys who come under consideration now" is a dead giveaway.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 31, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Left-Foot-Lunge. hes a young 36/37 not an oap he has a couple of years in him yet, at least the aussies hope he has.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 31, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

i think the Pakistani born khawaja deserves his chance, he showed playing CC2 in England that he was more than average. not sure whats the reason for the Australian selectors are reluctant in picking him hes 10+ years younger than DH and surely thats the way to go he looks the type to take to test cricket unlike 3 of the top 4 who are basically T20 players

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (December 31, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Love the featured comments, it gives a snapshot of what folks are thinking. RossFleming has summed up Khawaja's treatment so far but i want to focus on what Khawaja has done since he was dropped. Under Lehman he has improved not only his fielding and running between wickets but also got more aggression in his batting, those who saw his 65 not out against the Sydney Sixers last night would have got a glimpse of this. It'd be nice to see D Hussey get a berth, but Khawaja is the obvious choice instead.I also think that D Hussey has been unlucky throughout his career. I recall his double ton against NSW at Newcastle a couple of seasons back when Victoria needed heaps on the final day to pull off an unlikely victory. This Shield season David Hussey has scored 120 runs at an average of 17.14. His top score is 37. While he has had a very good domestic career I think he's missed the boat and clearly its Khawaja's turn, what we don't want is another mistake and miss the boat on Khawaja.

Posted by featurewriter on (December 31, 2012, 11:59 GMT)

Maxwell didn't make it. Here's the team: Cowan Warner Khawaja Clarke Hussey Wade Johnson Siddle Starc Bird Lyon

Posted by whoster on (December 31, 2012, 11:58 GMT)

I think this could be the most vulnerable Aussie batting line-up since the 80's. They've got two very tough assignments coming up away to India and England, and to compete, at least two batsmen other than Clarke and Watson have to hold their hand up and cement a place. If there's still a few question marks about the batmen after the India series, can't see them challenging for The Ashes. I think the Aussies have made a big mistake in ignoring Chris Rogers over the past couple of years. He's a solid performer who did no wrong in the few Tests he played, scored stacks of runs in England for Derbyshire, and has lots of first class experience. Either him or David Hussey, or perhaps both, should be given the nod. Whoever is selected, losing both Ponting and Mike Hussey in such a short space of time will massively weaken the side. I bet James Anderson is licking his lips at the prospect of having the new ball in his hands under swinging conditions at Trent Bridge come July!

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 31, 2012, 11:55 GMT)

@Rossfleming makes a great point and that is we have to pick on form and runs and Khawaja is the man most deserving to get Mike's spot. Ross has listed how unlucky he was to be dropped but he took that on the chin and like all great players went back to improve on his game which he has done under boof. If Khawaja makes it back on to SCG day test match then look for an improvement in his fielding as much as his batting. We know he has scored his runs in testing conditions, but more importantly he has been keeping the scoreboard ticking over as much with his running as his shot-making which was something the selectors asked him for in their "to do" list i.e rotating the strike.He is also fielding well in slips successfully this year and that's good as we need good slip fielders with Punter departing.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 11:38 GMT)

In my opinion Khawaja will be a long term test batsman but with the tour to India then back to back Ashes series what the Australians need is experience in the middle order which is what Hussey brings. Its not that Khawaja isn't good enough but he isn't what the Aussies need right now

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

Hussey was awesome....! i remember his knock against SA in 06 bosxing day test...he made a century and added more than 100 runs for the 11th wkt wid mcgrath..AUS won...and more recently his 80 odd against Ind in 1st test in melbourne..ind cud hav won dat test, so dat knock was very crucial !

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 31, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

@Ross Fleming you are spot on, Khawaja cannot be ingored for too long. Selections are based around a mixture of short and long-term form, or short-term form plus potential if it's a young player. Despite D Hussey's very good first class record I'm very wary of selecting him now when he's currently really battling in the Shield. It's very rare that a player who can't buy a run for his state at the time, succeeds for Australia. I know the Ashes is a fair way after the Shield season but India isn't. We saw how bady it can turn out when the selectors picked Hughes for Perth in the 2010/11 Ashes series despite the fact he couldn't buy a run for NSW at the time. It was hardly surprising that his poor Shield form became poor test form. Khawaja has to be the front runner and the fact he is Clarke's backup shows that the selectors are rewarding him. I was disspointed he didn't get Watson's spot as he would do a better job then Maxwell as a batman and Maxwels bowling won't worry the Sri Lankans

Posted by KhanMitch on (December 31, 2012, 10:33 GMT)

I like D Hussey but there is one problem, i agree with yo uthat if you are scoring then age doesn't matter but he has averaged 15 in shield this year with just over 100 runs in total. How is that rewarding perfomrance. Surely Khawaja can't be ingored for his great perfomances for the Bulls this year where he has accumulated close to 500 runs in shield this season. As Larry Larkin points out D Hussey's time was 5 years ago when he was in fantastic touch, not now, its Khawaja's time.

Posted by Dismayed on (December 31, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

I agree with Larry Larkin, and would go one further and suggest D.Hussey would have made a very good Captain of Australia if selected when he should have been years ago. First class average of 53 not many others around with that.

Posted by Beertjie on (December 31, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Hussey would be a better pick than Steve Smith/Maxwell if you're looking for a part time spinner-batter for India to replace Watto. Hope he gets some runs in time for selection to India. Btw no itinerary for that tour yet! Many injury concerns among bowlers but 6 of the 7 batters pick themselves. Surely, while Holland waits to regain fitness just pick O'Keefe who can bat a bit as your second spinner. On a turning track a decent team could read: Warner, Cowan, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja, Watson/Hussey, Wade, Johnson/Starc, O'Keefe, Siddle, Lyon/Bird. If Harris is fit I'd take him for the variety his kiss the deck reverse swing bowling offers compared to the hit the deck hard bowling of Pattinson. Just having Haddin and Hussey around the squad would be handy to pass on advice, even if they're not in the playing XI.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 31, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

So this is what it's come to for Australia when the 'Minnow Larder' is bare - Give a 38 year old his first test cap....

Posted by meursault on (December 31, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

@srriaj317 Spot on, exactly what I was thinking! If they want to play Maxwell in Sydney (I don't see why they should), it should be as a spinner, so a bowler should be "rested" to make way for him. Khawaja deserves the no. 6 spot and Australia needs a class act like Khawaja in the top 6 for India and the Ashes.

Posted by Vindaliew on (December 31, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

I've always been a fan of David Hussey during his Nottinghamshire days, and would love to see him get a Test debut. He needs to be picked on his form, though, and not on his past records, otherwise it would be a great disservice to him. Look at what happened to Jimmy Cook - such a wonderful record in 1991, and then ends up with such an undignified (if still well-deserved) international record in 1992. Khawaja has had several chances but failed to cement his position, but will nevertheless most likely still feature for Australia in the future. David Hussey is arguably still one of the best in Australia - hopefully he can find some form in the Shield first.

Posted by bumsonseats on (December 31, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

makes sense to me a 37/38 yo retires and the best name put forward is a 35 going on 36 takes his place and who cannot face the bouncing bowl great choice, so its true the cupboard really is that bare.

Posted by srriaj317 on (December 31, 2012, 8:46 GMT)

One has to feel for Usman Khawaja. What more can he do for an extended run in the team? He got 6 on-and-off chances always being shuffled in and out of the team and around the batting order. Now when you finally think he has a chance after Ponting and Huss leave, bits-and-pieces T20 players like Maxwell are getting in ahead of him!

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

David Hussey should have been selected instead of Marcus North, and we wouldn't be in this place to begin with, as he would have been playing Test cricket for the last 5 years.

It just rams home how bad a Chairman of Selectors Hilditch was. As CoS he made a good lawyer.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

There is no one in the world who can replace MICHAEL HUSSEY. He is the ONLY ONE BATSMAN who has dominated oppositions in all 3 FORMS of cricket. He can play at any number, can play defensively & as an attacking batsman, bat with lot of comfort on any kind of track, can pull the team out from difficult situation, play well under pressure, agile in the field, can improvise at his will.....There is no one (AB DeVilliers but he need to do a lot to get nearer to M Hussey) who has the ability & capability to do what M Hussey has done in his career. The most important thing HE IS LEAVING CRICKET When he is on high. He is the man (along with M Clarke) behind Australia's success in the test matches over the last 1 year.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 31, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

I think the key figure in all this is actually Watson. Talking about either, but not both, Kwawaja and D Hussey assumes that Watson can hold his place in the team as a batsman only. So, to me at least, it really gets down to the question "is Watto a better batsman than either of the other two?". .. Personally, I'm not convinced he is. Also, with a dodgy calf he may be a liability in the field. He looks ponderous enough already so I shudder to think what he'll be like if he can't stretch out when required. ... It's a tough situation for the selectors but if only one of the candidates can get the nod I would go with Huss II initially. 12K first class runs is a hell of a resume to present to any selection panel. If you're good enough, you're young enough.

Posted by t20-2007 on (December 31, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Give him a chance mate !!

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