Hussey and North miss out but Warriors still cash in
Western Australia 6 for 319 (Voges 91*, Johnson 82*, Robinson 78) v Victoria
There was no brotherly love for Michael Hussey as he and Marcus North both failed to secure their Ashes berths at the MCG. Instead of Hussey, who was caught for 0 by his sibling David, and North (17) setting up Western Australia, they relied on half-centuries to Wes Robinson, Adam Voges and Mitchell Johnson to take them to 6 for 319 against Victoria.
Pressure is building on the incumbents after the naming of a 17-man squad for the first Test and Hussey and North did nothing to ease the scrutiny. The only good thing for them was the failure of the young batting specialists in Hobart.
Hussey lasted 18 balls before pushing at the medium pace of Andrew McDonald and seeing the ball go to his brother at second slip. At least North managed some time in the middle, staying for 51 deliveries and hitting two fours, before David Hussey dived for his nick off Darren Pattinson.
Robinson started slowly after the Warriors were sent in but grew more comfortable during his 78 while Voges took over after tea. Voges finished with 91 and Johnson gained some much-needed confidence ahead of the Test with 82 off 88 balls, including 12 fours and a six. Will Sheridan picked up the lbws of Mitchell Marsh and Luke Ronchi to finish with 2 for 55.