Hussey and Johnson stand tall again
Victoria 141 & 0 for 43 need 407 runs to beat Western Australia 368 & 3 for 222 dec (Hussey 118, Robinson 62)
Michael Hussey secured his Test spot with a much-needed century and Mitchell Johnson found some bowling menace as Western Australia dominated Victoria at the MCG. The innings was Hussey's last chance to prove to the selectors he was worthy of a spot and he followed his first-innings 0 with a smooth 118 that took the Warriors to 3 for 222 declared.
Johnson, who scored 121 on day two, had already ensured a quick end to Victoria's innings by racing to an impressive 5 for 35 off 14 overs as the hosts finished at 9 for 141 due to Andrew McDonald's broken hand. The fourth-ball loss of Michael Swart brought Hussey in and he started in an attacking mood.
The free approach paid off and he brought up his century with a top edge over the wicketkeeper Matthew Wade. He was mostly assured throughout and played some strong drives, cuts and pulls to shake off his early-season problems.
There were 15 fours and two sixes in his display, which lasted 160 balls and ended when he hooked to deep square leg. Wes Robinson was run out for 62 before tea while Marcus North was unbeaten on 23 when he declared, setting Victoria 450.
At stumps they were 0 for 42, with Michael Hill on 21 and Rob Quiney on 20. Quiney's 54 was the stand-out performance in the first bat but the innings ended in a hurry. Johnson gained 4 for 5 in his final five overs, with the last five batsmen falling for 15.