West Indies in Australia 2012-13

Finch replaces Hussey in ODI squad

Brydon Coverdale

January 25, 2013

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David Hussey looked good before he was run out, Australia v Sri Lanka, 2nd ODI, Adelaide, January 13, 2013
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David Hussey's future as an international player appears bleak after he was dropped from Australia's squad for the first two ODIs against West Indies, following on from his being left out of the T20 squad to play Sri Lanka. Hussey, 35, has been replaced by his younger Victorian team-mate Aaron Finch, 26, for the matches at the WACA on February 1 and 3 in a move the national selector John Inverarity said was made with an "eye on the future".

The rest of Australia's 13-man squad retained their places after the series-levelling victory against Sri Lanka in Hobart, a match in which Hussey was Australia's second top scorer with 34. Over the five-match series, Hussey was third on the Australian run tally with 128 at an average of 32, and his quick unbeaten 60 in the opening match at the MCG was an important factor in Australia's win.

But the selectors wanted more from Australia's specialist batsmen over the course of the series and were keen to give Finch another chance. Finch played the first two games against Sri Lanka and made 16 and 4, but has been in outstanding domestic limited-overs form this summer and is expected to partner David Warner at the top of the order.

"The national selection panel was delighted with the ODI team's impressive win against Sri Lanka in Hobart on Wednesday, in particular with Phillip Hughes' well-crafted innings and the bowling of Xavier Doherty and Moises Henriques," Inverarity said. "There were concerns, however, with the team's batting performances during the series when the conditions were conducive to swing bowling, conditions that were beautifully exploited by Nuwan Kulasekara and Lasith Malinga.

"Aaron Finch has been included in the squad at the expense of David Hussey. A top four of Warner, Finch, Hughes and Clarke his good balance and the team looks forward to getting better starts than has been the case recently. David Hussey has been dropped from the squad as the NSP keeps a constant eye on the future."

Such comments will not fill Hussey with hope of a recall. Before the one-day series against Sri Lanka, Hussey said he was still dreaming of a call-up to the Test team, given the lack of experience caused by the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey. But Australia now faces the prospect of a Hussey-less future, with the squad for the West Indies games also confirming there would be no home-ground farewell for Michael Hussey.

"I'm not sure it's the end of an era," Australia's T20 captain George Bailey said. "Dave's record domestically is still very, very good. I think he'd be in pretty strong calculations for that India tour and I wouldn't ever write him off from any of the other teams despite him not being in this team.

"Absolutely you're missing Mike Hussey, and will do for a long time. His skills are second to none and are going to be very hard to replace skills wise but also just his role, his temperament around the group, enthusiasm around the group. They're big gaps to fill, and hard to measure, a lot of the things Mike Hussey and Ricky brought to the side. So big shoes to fill, big opportunities for players, and hopefully we see guys grow into that."

The selectors decided against rushing James Pattinson back after his recovery from a rib injury, although Inverarity said he was likely to travel to Perth to train with the squad, while Shane Watson was not considered as he gradually makes his return from injury.

"James Pattinson came under consideration for this squad but, at the time of the selection meeting, he had not bowled a ball in interstate or international cricket since 24 November," Inverarity said. "It is anticipated that James will go to Perth to practice with the Squad.

"Shane Watson has been making pleasing progress in recent weeks. He is planning on playing for his Sydney club tomorrow and will be available for selection for New South Wales' Ryobi Cup fixture against Western Australia on 30 January."

Clarke is expected to be fit for the Perth matches after his late withdrawal from the Hobart game due to an ankle injury. "Michael Clarke is making steady progress with the ankle he injured on 22 January and we are confident that Michael will recover in time to be fit for the first of the ODI fixtures against the West Indies on 1 February," Inverarity said.

Squad David Warner, Aaron Finch, Phillip Hughes, Michael Clarke (capt), George Bailey, Matthew Wade (wk), Glenn Maxwell, Moises Henriques, Mitchell Johnson, Ben Cutting, Mitchell Starc, Clint McKay, Xavier Doherty.

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Posted by Busie1979 on (January 28, 2013, 3:32 GMT)

There are 3 shield batsmen outside the current test team with both form and career stats behind them to warrant inclusion in the India squad - Haddin, Rogers and Khawaja. Nobody else comes close. David Hussey has the career performance behind him, but I am sad to say (really sad actually) that this has been his worst year in the shield and he has struggled to make an impact in ODIs over his career. His problem is form, not class. He is a ready made test player who unfortunately is out of form when there is an opening in the team. My team for India is 1. Warner, 2. Rogers 3. Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Khawaja 6. Watson (only if bowling, otherwise Maxwell) 7. Wade 8. Starc 9. Lyon 10. Bird 11. Siddle. Starc, Pattinson, Haddin and O'keefe off the bench. Tough call on Johnson and Hilfenhaus.

Posted by   on (January 26, 2013, 6:29 GMT)

I am with Wayne Perry .... I simply do not understand the thinking of the selectors. Batting averages Hussey 32, Bailey 31, Warner 25, Wade 21, Clarke 15, Finch 10, Maxwell 7. The absolute BS that is behind the selection of Aust Team in unfathomable.

Doherty is 0/75 off 15 overs in Mel and Adel, then is lucky enough to be the bowler when two SL batsmen decided to throw away their wickets and all of a sudden he is a star. Recently in England .... 22.4 Overs, 1/125. Last year against SL 35 Overs, 0/191. Why does he keep getting selected???

@ Shaggy076 .... totally agree with your comment and his figures would have been a lot better if the selectors picked a wicket keeper in the team. I also love the way he bats as No.11 and has had some nice 10th wicket partnerships over the past 12-mths including 77* (WI in B/town), 22 (WI in Ros), 46 (SA in Adel) 87 (SA in Perth)

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 26, 2013, 4:23 GMT)

David Hussey out for 8 in the second innings of the shield game, i think its safe to say that its game, set and match for him for the Indian series. That should mean that Khawaja gets first crack at his brother's spot with either Doherty or Smith getting the node for the other spot.

Posted by ozwriter on (January 26, 2013, 0:35 GMT)

i agree with dropping hussey. buy why pick finch??

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 25, 2013, 23:06 GMT)

@MatthewRogers i agree with you, Khawaja and Hughes will be our stars in the ashes. I think either Khawaja will get picked in the remaining ODIs or he will head off to India early, selectors will have all this planned out as they have plans for each played set already, they are a organised bunch

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 25, 2013, 21:43 GMT)

FFL - The role of any bowler spin or pace is to help there team win cricket games and since Lyon has been in the team Australia are 21 games, 11 wins, 3 losses and 8 draws. Laugh all you want - he is doing alright.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 20:17 GMT)

part 2...Age means nothing & hussey is still a key part of the odi plans for the 2015 cup. Both him & Maxwell should be in the same team - for the life of me i don't see why the selectors or anyone can see them as two players playing for the same position.

Once again, australia's progress as team is not being hampered by lack of talent among its player - but very questionable selection policies. Everytime i see an aus squad announced i cringing at the possible crap selection instead of being excited about seeing the squad picked...

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 20:15 GMT)

....part 1Yes Hussey looked vulnerable to the swing, but in the last 4 years such vulnerability to the moving ball has been a collective problem for aus bats. So why is Hussey being a scapegoat??. His technique has not changed ever since he became regular odi/t20 team member 4 years ago . All of this eye on the future talk is just a smoke-screen talk. Since only 6 months ago - inverarity was speaking about players like hussey getting picked on merit & performances despite age. Does this mean that if Brad Hodge makes a successful comeback in shield cricket - they gonna ignore him because they "looking for the future"?. Suddenly they have faith in all these youngsters that they were not sure about - which saw them hiding hughes & khawaja from south africa this season & picking an average player in rob quiney.

This is just another cover up to the continued disgraceful use of hussey as player in the last year & general undervaluing of him throughout his international career.

Posted by Mitcher on (January 25, 2013, 19:22 GMT)

Funny our favourite English troll ignores this article is about ODIs. Is that because England have never achieved anything of note in the format? Much like they've never produced a seriously great Test side. In 100+ years. This current one was supposed to become great. Then went on to plummet from number one before they'd even taken in the view. Sad, really...

Posted by blink182alex on (January 25, 2013, 17:32 GMT)

I think Dave Hussey could still offer a lot in the 50 over side, remember at the moment Watson is injured so he comes back and opens with Warner and everyone moves down one. Dave struggled against the moving ball when batting at 4 and coming in at 2/20 off like 8 overs, he's much better suited batting at 6 and coming in with 15-20 overs left like he did in the 1st and 5th odi's against Sri Lanka.

I would say our best 11 would still be this:

1. Watson 2. Warner 3.Hughes 4. Clarke 5. Bailey 6. D.Hussey 7. Wade 8. Johnson 9. Starc 10. McKay 11. Doherty

Posted by shiva89 on (January 25, 2013, 16:26 GMT)

they dropped hogde (experienced n reliant n in form) a few yrs ago. they dropped katich from their test squad last yr.. even though he was playing well. certainly i sniff something fishy abt mike hussey as well... why wd a cricketer retire when he is on his peak? and that too when team needs him more than ever after ricky's retirement only clarke is only experienced member in this test squad full of non regular and inexperienced batters. that too before imp IND tour. CA did just becoz he was 37? they ll make a new nonsense of watson saying he is unfit n not scoring enough runs for a new hard hitting typical t20 batsmen.

Posted by gsingh7 on (January 25, 2013, 14:10 GMT)

i dont know about rest but david is one of best players on indian pitches just check his record in last ipl captaining kings 11 and almost qualifying to semis, he can hit cleanly and straight to spin , rather than slog to midwicket(wade do a lot) also why bring such inexperienced and low on confidence side to india where aus lost 4 and draw 2 in last 6 tests, aus need to persuade michael hussey to reconsider retirement or it cud become ugly very quickly in india where low turners are prepared and with spin cupboards bare, aussies are in for a royal thrashing, 3-0 india win and few hundreds by pujara and kohli to boot

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 25, 2013, 14:00 GMT)

@Shaggy076, Let me give you an update on Australia's spin situation: It is the laughing stock of world cricket. You mentioned that Lyon can't spin the ball - well noted. That should be the first job of anyone given the job as 'spinner'. Australia would be best off bringing back Warne, every other guy tried out for the role since then has had his career ripped to shreds by England. If Warne's not available, Brice Mcgain. Methinks you're replaying Ponting getting castled by a Swann square-turner over in your head a little too much.

Posted by Les46 on (January 25, 2013, 13:35 GMT)

A bit sad to see David Hussey dropped for Aaron Finch. Khawaja is far more likely be suited (and consistent) opening with Warner, and followed by Hughes at 3. Not sure why Neil Maxwell is in the squad. Is he gaining experience in both batting and bowling at Australia's expense, when he would be better placed to do this at state level for a year or two. If you recalled N. Hauritz, you have a bowling allrounder, who would push N. Lyon to greater heights if selected to go on the India tour too. Let's not overlook Steve OKeeffe if a leftarm bowling allrounder is required somewhere up the path. Comments??

On a related issue, does anybody remember T. Copeland and G. Putland? TC is back on the park after recovering from an ankle sprain at training. GP (another leftarmer of substance) has bowled South Australia to two good Shield wins this summer. Both seem to be able to bowl tidily all day and winkle batsmen out without breaking down. Alderman was fairly good at that especially in England.

Posted by MrKistic on (January 25, 2013, 13:16 GMT)

Seriously? People are suggesting that D.Hussey didn't handle the moving ball well? Did you pay any attention to everyone else while we compiled the worst ODI score in years? D.Hussey's position is most unfortunate because of his age, not because of a lack of skill. 3rd best scorer of the 5 matches against SL isn't so bad, surely.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (January 25, 2013, 12:10 GMT)

Allan_Rogers fantastic analysis on Clarke and Hughes. Guys i agree Khawaja should be playing but i honestly believe its because they want him to go to India early and focus on the test matches as he will be a key player for us in India. David Hussey gets to bat again tomorrow in shield and a big score from him should ensure he stays on the radar though his shield average this season is only 14 so he will need a big one. How good is Hughes going at the moment, another century for SA today, well done young man.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 25, 2013, 11:29 GMT)

Front_Foot_Lunge; Why dont England try Cook at 5 or is it because they are worried that Australia has the long established best number 5 in the world. Head to head comparisons are really embarrassing for England and to top it off Australia have a spinner who struggles to spin the ball but has a lot better record than Swann, how embaarrassed must England be right now. Staring down the barrel of defeat at home.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (January 25, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

The Circus of Horrors that is Australian cricket continues apace. Why don't they try Clarke as an opener instead of hiding him away from the new ball? Is it that, in Alistair Cook, England have the world's long-established best test opener, and the Aussies are afraid of a head-to-head comparison? How miserable it must be as an Aussie fan right now, staring down the barrel of historic back-to-back Ashes's series defeats. They need new blood and fast. A spinner who can actually turn the ball for a start. And a test-standard top order that has clearly defined roles. I fear it may be too late.

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

@Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 25 2013, 08:47 AM GMT) - I like blooding batsmen in ODIs, but I do think that the NSP has an eye on the Champ Trophy, & that is influencing their decision-making. That said, IF that was the case, I suppose DHussey should be selected as he has amassed a ton of runs in England? I agree about our Test candidates for the time being playing Shield instead of the ODI clash with the Windies.

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 25, 2013, 10:38 GMT)

Indian fan here......Callum Ferguson ??? where is he ???

Posted by Shaggy076 on (January 25, 2013, 10:14 GMT)

You need your batsman at 5 or 6 to do what Hussey does. The two games that our top order did the job Hussey did his job so I think it is a bit harsh. Having said that Finch's dominance of domestic level short form cricket definetely deserves to be in and around the squad.

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 9:52 GMT)

Where Is C Ferguson ? Give Him A Chance ..................

Posted by reddawn1975 on (January 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Yeah i agree it is madness Khawaja is not in this squad put the lad in there and let him go for it for a couple of series i am pretty sure he will settle in.And i think Tim Paine looked stylish and great with the bat in the big bash needs to be in that team as well.i wouldn't mind seeing coultier nile in the squad replacing McKay he is a good player but i dont think he quite good enough for Australia .And Maxwell i think his bowling is rubbish and his batting has been average its nice to have the x factor but pointless if its coming of there are better players in the country than him.

Posted by rickeap on (January 25, 2013, 9:12 GMT)

Disappointing decision - he has performed much better than Maxwell. Hussey should be in the test squad for India

Posted by pitch_curator on (January 25, 2013, 9:02 GMT)

Surely a proven domestic performer like David Hussey should be given a few more chances before being dicarded. Cant believe that Steve Smith and Cameroon white got so many chances doing absolutely nothing and David Hussey gets axed after a bad 2-3 matches. I thought only Indian selectors had favoritism. But looks like this happens in Australia as well..

Posted by Behind_the_bowlers_arm on (January 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

The ODI team should be used to groom Test batsmen for now and after the double Ashes ODI focus should turn to the 2015 World Cup team. Hussey D has shown he wont be needed for either of those. His vulnerability against the short ball rules out a Test career and his age a crack at 2015. I'd actually prefer Test candidates like Khawaja (& Doolan?) get some 4 day cricket in in the Shield as prep for India. Is anyone REALLY bothered about these Windies games? The focus for me in those is seeing CUTTING get 5 games and some experience, FINCH showing he can do it at this level & MAXWELL showing he can do anything at all.

Posted by Simoc on (January 25, 2013, 8:47 GMT)

It is strange that Khwaja has so many fans. He has yet to score runs at international level or look competent at international level. Hopefully he will at some stage.

Posted by SamRoy on (January 25, 2013, 7:45 GMT)

I still don't understand omitting David Hussey. Yes, he failed against the moving ball in 2 of the 5 matches. But, he was quite good in the other 3. Twice he was run out. Maxwell looked like a club-level batsman and Hughes looked pretty terrible too against the moving ball. Bailey too, didn't look all that convincing. I thought Hussey was the second best batsman after Hughes from Australia.

Posted by MilroyL.S.A.Don on (January 25, 2013, 7:16 GMT)

David Hussey has 41 1st class centuries and he was called to the national side when he was 31 years old which I guess too late for some one with a great record... retiring after only 4 1/2 years of international cricket???

Posted by RJHB on (January 25, 2013, 7:15 GMT)

Good move on Hussey, he really didn't look much chop, certainly not in those middle 3 games. But I doubt he's been forgotten, rather giving him some first class cricket to make some runs, and he needs plenty! Disappointed, like many other posters here, that Khawaja is not playing, AGAIN! But like Hussey, surely its to get him to make some more meaningful shield runs now. Pity its pouring in Queensland now though, his next game is very likely going to be a washout.

Posted by Big-Dog on (January 25, 2013, 7:09 GMT)

Good move to drop Hussey. He has never been a consistant performer at international level & has failed more times than not. Finch will also have to start performing. I don't know why people are still questioning Bailey's place in the side. If they bothered to look at the stats they would see he was the second highest run getter in the Sri Lanka series behind Hughes.

Posted by rohanbala on (January 25, 2013, 7:01 GMT)

Cameron White got selected time and again despite failing badly with the bat several times. White contributed for the team only as a fielder (taking a few catches that reached him), while David Hussey has played his part with both bat and ball many times for his team. Yet the selectors have given a raw deal to the latter.

Posted by PrasPunter on (January 25, 2013, 6:51 GMT)

pathetic - why is Khawaja not in the squad ? playing a shield game or something ? And what is Maxwell doing in this team ? I am furious !!!

Posted by disco_bob on (January 25, 2013, 6:45 GMT)

Hussey's time has past and quite frankly this team transition for the future has been long and painful. Time to move forward, I think we all get the picture about 'experience' and 'hard to replace enthusiasm', but please, let's give it a rest already, let people like Hughes stamp their own mark in the team. Clarke should have been in charge at least a year earlier. There were hardly any tears when Haydo, Langer, Warne and Mcrath bid farewell.

Posted by jabbarahmed on (January 25, 2013, 6:44 GMT)

usman khuwaja deserve a chance in odi.....he is 1 of them who replace michael hussy and gives aus middle order stability......

Posted by Winsome on (January 25, 2013, 6:39 GMT)

Him being third top scorerfor the Aussies for the series means nothing. The line-up changed so much that playing all five games should have made him at least that. His average after a LOT of matches is mediocre. They need to give someone else a chance.

Posted by Raja_Udhayasuriyan on (January 25, 2013, 6:31 GMT)

What has Dave Hussey done wrong to be out of the squad.. he bats well, fields well and bowls decent too..

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 6:28 GMT)

Not sure what Glenn Maxwell did to keep his spot over Hussey (they both play the same role), maybe Hussey is being freed up to play some shield cricket before India.

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (January 25, 2013, 6:25 GMT)

I am trying to be patient with the selectors, giving them the time to sew to seeds and develop the players they need. But each time a new squad is announced it just makes me go errgh! Still no Khawaja, dropped Hussey and retaining Maxwell who has proven to be a flop. Surely the squad could be better.The one day side is a little tricky because you need five bowlers but there's plenty of room for improvement. Having said that. I like how the Ryobi cup has allowed for just four bowlers a side by lifting bowling restrictions to 12 and 13 overs per bowler. Opens the game up a bit and allows a bit more flexibility in team selection. And Bailey in again, oh yes i forgot he is a great captain, forget about the fact he has failed with the bat 4 out of 5 times in the ODIs. Surely Bailey after 4 failures in 5 ODIs must be under pressure too.

Posted by randomwaffle12 on (January 25, 2013, 6:16 GMT)

Eye to the future? Fine, I could believe that if Haddin was no longer considered a chance for the test and ODI sides.

Posted by Junikamra on (January 25, 2013, 5:43 GMT)

I can't believe what the hell maxwell is doing in the squad on cnsistent bases without any performance.. he is neither a batsman neither a bowler just a t20 slauger of last 7,8 overs nothing else and he is in the team.. I don't know why...

Posted by Buckers410 on (January 25, 2013, 5:27 GMT)

Bring back Khawaja or Smith or S Marsh, or give Joe Burns a go. Finch is a good player but he is not really in the running for Hussey's ashes spot. Players pushing for that spot should be given a go.

Posted by PFEL on (January 25, 2013, 5:24 GMT)

Unbelievable. whatever happened to the new panel "rewarding performance". Hussey was one of the only decent Aussie bats in the recent series . . . now dropping him for a guy who looked completely out of his league in 2 ODIs.

Posted by greatshinwari on (January 25, 2013, 5:23 GMT)

very poor selection..i think there is no place for glean maxwell..he cant bowl or bat properly..but is a fine fielder..mike hussey should be there in team atleast as honour for his contribution for the australian cricketer..also david hussey should'nt be dropped..dont forget his contribution in both matches whch austraila won againest srilanka... now my team will be warner, finch, hughes,clarke,bailey,wade cutting,johnson,starc,mckay,doherty

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 5:16 GMT)

It's a shame we didn't lose the series 3-1 in the end, because we should have and as a result of drawing, the selectors aren't addressing the real problems. Our batting is a big issue. What do they do to fix that? Remove one of our better batsmen over the series and meanwhile keep Bailey, Maxwell and to a lesser extent, Henriques. Bailey has looked out of sorts and slow since game 1 for some bizarre reason, Maxwell didn't make it to double figures and doesn't as of yet offer much bowling wise, while Henriques' best has come from one good game with the ball. Sure Hussey may not have made the most runs, (he did make our third most) but at least he looked in solid form. His strike-rate was high, and in the two games he got out very cheaply he had been moved up the order to no.4 and was forced to come in early due to the top order's inability to cope with swing. He seems to offer as much with the ball as Maxwell does too.

Posted by smudgeon on (January 25, 2013, 5:15 GMT)

Hmm, I don't see a major problem with this, given the selectors have an eye on the future. Apart from Phillip Hughes, I wasn't overly impressed with any of the Australian batsmen in the SL series, including David Hussey. Unfortunately for him, he's on the wrong side of 30 (hell, he's on the wrong side of 35!). A shame he didn't get a chance earlier, but you can say that about a LOT of batsmen. On another note...I am struggling to find a reason to care about the upcoming ODI series vs the Windies. ODIs make more sense to me when they are a taster for a test series, or a postcript to a test series. Maybe I'm just expecting too much from ODIs these days. Still, I'd rather watch an ODI (or lick a soldering iron) than watch a T20i. What was my point again?

Posted by MinusZero on (January 25, 2013, 5:03 GMT)

Not sure why Finch was picked over Khawaja

Posted by Fleming_Mitch on (January 25, 2013, 4:48 GMT)

Finch deserves to come in and David Hussey unforunately didn't do enough to keep his spot. I read an article today on the fact that crowds are deserting the 50 over game. I thought about this. There is cause & effect with CA's scheduling. They have banged the BBL into the middle of Dec-Jan, split the Sheffield shield & made it almost impossible for tests candidates to sustain, or more precisely find consistent form for the longer formats.The one day matches are squeezed in as a kind of after-thought.By the thoughtless manner in which CA has mucked around with scheduling of the season, is it any wonder fans are walking away from 50 overs, or losing interest in tests & Shield? And why are guys like Khawaja getting only one ODI, surely the last match in Hobart was a good opportunity to bring him, give the kid a crack and get him in the Indian series. And is Beer out of contention for the Indian series, will be a real shame as he has been in great form for WA this seaso

Posted by Eccafrog on (January 25, 2013, 4:46 GMT)

Now, let me get this straight. Hussey has third best aggregate, third best average and fastest run rate against Sri Lanka over 5 matches, and gets dropped for someone right near the bottom of the performance scale. What a shambles is CA and the Selection Panel. They are the ones who need to get the sack, along with the CA Board

Posted by   on (January 25, 2013, 4:40 GMT)

The Aussie Selectors have taken an inordinately long time to realize that David Hussey is almost useless at the top International level, bringing to mind the sorry plight of Greame Hick of England in years gone by. The younger Hussey was always a misfit in the Aussie team and it is probably a good thing that the Selectors have now put an end to the farce.

Posted by Mervo on (January 25, 2013, 4:32 GMT)

What is it with the selectors and the Victorians? There are actually players in other states. Some even won the Shield last year! What about Joe Burns? Or Luke Pomersbatch?

Posted by TruthSL on (January 25, 2013, 4:02 GMT)

Shan Watson is far better batsman then anybody in the current squad accept Clarke. I think the selectors forgot the way Watson played in T20 world cup.. and dont know why Kawaja has dropped out after giving him one chance.. I think Selctors are going crazy...

Posted by rohan024 on (January 25, 2013, 3:54 GMT)

sad decision. As an outsider to Australian system, i always felt that David Hussey has always been given a raw deal. You pick him for T20 WC and doesn't give him a game, now you drop him after he performed very well in the 2 matches Australia won and probably ended his career. Anyway, hope he has a fantastic first class career.

Posted by Aoun786 on (January 25, 2013, 3:51 GMT)

Why not Khawaja?? He only got one chance and was run out. Why selectors are so harsh with him as compared to rest. Phill got all 5 games . Finch also got 2 games. Moises got 2. Even in tests his exclusion was harsh...

Posted by Jermaine007 on (January 25, 2013, 3:25 GMT)

Surprisd not see Usman Khwaja given another chance, surely there is something wrong here that we don't know about?

Posted by cccrider on (January 25, 2013, 3:20 GMT)

Rough for second Hussey. And what is the Maxwell obsession? He is ordinary with bat and ball. Is he the new Cam White?

Posted by pj3000 on (January 25, 2013, 3:16 GMT)

Tough break for D Hussey. If he'd converted either of the starts he got in Adelaide or Hobart into 50s, would he have been retained in the squad? Is it just me, or have the selectors always marked the younger of the Hussey's harsher than others? Despite his poor Shield form, I'd still like to him see considered for the Tests in India and England.

Posted by Hoggy_1989 on (January 25, 2013, 3:15 GMT)

Well, there goes half the crowd that would turn up to the WACA to see off one of its favourite sons - MEK Hussey. Bravo there, Inverarity...I'm sure the WACA administration will be really happy with that!

Posted by VivGilchrist on (January 25, 2013, 3:12 GMT)

So Hussey gets dropped while Maxwell stays on? The only benefit I can see of this is that Huss can try to get some FC form before the Indian tour squad is announced. The selectors have attached a stigma to Smith for favoring him without truly earning selection... Maxwell is in danger of being the next Smith. They r going to destroy him by picking him.

Posted by Chark_attack on (January 25, 2013, 3:10 GMT)

i dont mind finch in however what have maxwell and henriques done to keep their spots hussy is both a better batsmen (even in his current slump) and a far better bowler

Posted by valvolux on (January 25, 2013, 3:06 GMT)

He is old - probably has a bit to offer still though, I feel bad for him. But thats only looking at his record, he has never seemed to be up to it really. His first class record is exceptional for a guy who has never played tests. Much like Chris Rogers (who did play one). Two 35 year olds with amazing first class records who probably just arent good enough to play tests. Good enough to score a gazillion runs in English first class cricket, but so was Mark Ramprakash.

Posted by Pickpocket on (January 25, 2013, 3:05 GMT)

Im a fan of David Hussey. He may retired from ODI cricket & play only t20 cricket. He may join BPL after that SPL then IPL, a lot of t20 cricket everywhere in the world. Not to look into the CA selectors decision ..

Posted by DylanBrah on (January 25, 2013, 3:04 GMT)

Glenn... Maxwell? Why...?

Posted by Kolpak1989 on (January 25, 2013, 3:02 GMT)

Finch better come up with the goods, otherwise this will go down in history as a completely retarded move.

Posted by Massz on (January 25, 2013, 2:52 GMT)

Happy with the selection of Finch in the squad replacing the ageing Hussey. Still confused why Glen Maxwell has retained his position as surely he has been given enough chances already. Usman Khawaja or even Joe Burns should get a go in his place.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 25, 2013, 2:47 GMT)

I don't think Hussey played bad in recently concluded ODI series with SL. He batted brilliantly in Melbourne and made good partnerships in Adelaide and Hobart too to stabilize the innings. With exodus of so many seniors, I don't find any reason to sacrifice more experienced players just for sake of experiments.

Posted by dunger.bob on (January 25, 2013, 2:43 GMT)

A very tough break for David I think. He wasn't the only aussie out there who looked a bit dodgy against good swing bowling. The thing that worries me about Finch is the way he wanders about the crease and walks at the bowling. Some might say it's good attacking intent but I reckon it's the literal definition of the "walking wicket". You can't do that against decent bowling and expect to stay at the crease for more than a few overs. .. I suppose I can understand the younger man getting the nod, but only on the condition that he is at least as good as the older bloke. .. unfortunately, from what I've seen so far Finch isn't even half the batsman that David Hussey is. Hope I'm wrong but Aaron has a lonnnngggg way to go to be in huss's class imo.

Posted by Meety on (January 25, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Sorry for DHussey, his 34 was an overlooked key to Oz's win. IMO - it was the PERFECT support act for Hughes. IMO - DHussey's ODI shelf-life should of extended to the Champ Trophy but it looks like the NSP place Maxwell ahead of him. I think DHussey's experience was needed in an increasingly raw looking line up. I am assuming Finch has got a run whilst Watto is still out injured. I am glad Finch had another crack. Happy for Henriques, but a batting ave of 8 in ODIs needs to be rectified to be batting @ #7. Hopefully Cutting will get a game.

Posted by Mary_786 on (January 25, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

Good call, i think D Huss looked out of his depth in the ODI's espeically when th ball was moving around. Finch and Khawaja were the most deserving and I would have like to see Khawaja there but i am assuming Khawaja will get send to India early along with Cowan and the other guys who are not playing the ODIs so they can get used to the conditions there. Still amazes me that Maxwell is there.

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (January 25, 2013, 2:41 GMT)

The Husseys are clearly not liked by CA.CA is looking to the future at the expense of its current inform player(s) or players they have no interest in nurturing - Khawaja etc ... I hope the inconsistent West Indians give the mighty Australia all they can handle and then some.

Posted by RaadQ on (January 25, 2013, 2:37 GMT)

Good move, still don't know what Henriques is doing in the squad. He is a complete failure both at domestical level and the international chances given so far.

Posted by cmonaussiecmon on (January 25, 2013, 2:19 GMT)

Are you serious? What is wrong with our selectors? Do they want us to win or not? We'll just have a squad full of youngsters for an 'eye on the future'. Don't they realise that it is a mixture of youth and experience that wins games? Dropping Mr Cricket was obviously a bad move as we had no experience in our squad apart from Clarke (who missed more than half the series) and Huss Jr. Now he's gone too, and it looks a very vulnerable side. Come on. The Argus review has done nothing for Australian Cricket.

Posted by bobagorof on (January 25, 2013, 2:16 GMT)

Hussey may have been averaging 32 in the SL series, but he's shown himself to be quite inconsistent over the last year. That's not a quality you want from your middle order, particularly a batsman of his experience. I'm a fan of his, but I think this might be an unfortunate end to his International career.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 25, 2013, 2:09 GMT)

maxwell failed in every game, there needs to be a specialist batsmen there to replace him. my side would be hughes, warner, khawaja, clarke, ferguson, wade, henriques, starc, johnson, mckay, doherty

Posted by Ozcricketwriter on (January 25, 2013, 2:07 GMT)

Hussey scored 128 runs at an average of 32 in the latest ODI series - hardly bad enough to be axed over. This is very foolish.

Posted by Big_Maxy_Walker on (January 25, 2013, 2:05 GMT)

eye on the future? do the words brad haddin ring a bell? and what about baileys failures and age? khawaja should have come in for bailey.

Posted by Liquefierrrr on (January 25, 2013, 2:01 GMT)

Ouch, could be curtains for DJ Hussey. He failed in the FC game for VIC too. He will go alongside Hodge as a player who, in 10 or so years time, kids like me will look up and go 'why didn't they play more international cricket?'.

Sad really, I'd have liked him to lock-down his place for the 2015 WC ODI, lock himself into the T20I team and snare 10 or so Tests.

Maxwell should count his lucky stars, he needs runs and wickets in a big way.

Glad Moises is getting an extended run, he needs some time to iron out his batting at this level, and he showed glimpses of his wicket-taking ability the other night in suitable conditions.

Cutting needs another good run too.

Posted by Cricket_Froth on (January 25, 2013, 2:00 GMT)

I wonder if M Clarke's alleged conflict with M Hussey has anything to do with this decision. We all know politics are a part of Australian cricket and some of us know that Clarke and M Hussey are not on amicable terms...

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