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Victoria drop David Hussey from Shield side

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November 12, 2013

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David Hussey hit 71 off 52 and shared a 92-run stand with Matthew Wade, New South Wales v Victoria, Ryobi One-Day Cup, Sydney, October 20, 2013
David Hussey made one half-century in the Ryobi Cup but otherwise has had a slow start to the season © Getty Images
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Veteran batsman David Hussey has been dropped from Victoria's Sheffield Shield side to take on Tasmania this week, with Glenn Maxwell preferred for a middle-order batting and offspin role. Hussey, 36, was considered an outside chance for Test selection last summer, when he was part of the ODI team, but he now appears to be fighting for his state career following a slow start to the season.

Although he averages 51.71 from 180 first-class appearances, Hussey began this summer by averaging 28.83 in the Ryobi Cup and then started the Shield campaign with scores of 44, 7 and 13. Andrew Lynch, the Victoria chairman of selectors, said it was a difficult choice to leave Hussey out.

"Huss is a bit unlucky in that all the other batters are in good form," Lynch said.

The return of Maxwell and Jon Holland from playing for Australia A last week has led to some changes in the side, while Clint McKay has also been included after returning from the ODI tour of India. Instead of playing for Victoria, Aaron Finch will be part of the Cricket Australia Invitational XI to take on England in Sydney, while Peter Siddle has been rested in preparation for the first Ashes Test.

Victoria squad Chris Rogers, Rob Quiney, Peter Handscomb, Cameron White, Daniel Christian, Matthew Wade (capt, wk), Glenn Maxwell, John Hastings, Clint McKay, Jon Holland, Scott Boland, Fawad Ahmed.

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Posted by rizzzcric on (November 16, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 0 4s 6s 10 17 0 970 174 57.05 1254 77.35 3 5 2 121 18 Look at this great numbers huss got in 2009 First-Class Season, He remained unselected even after such a great performance, The selectors have destroyed his International Career . Aussie's selectors are blind

Posted by bobagorof on (November 13, 2013, 0:15 GMT)

So sad, but with his career batting average dropping from 54+ to 51.71 (across 282 innings) in the last few years it was only a matter of time. It's disappointing when long-term great batsmen start to underperform - I'm sure he has lots to contribute off the field and still has a few good innings left in him, but Australian cricket needs to be more ruthless with older players who are past their prime. Victoria still has a strong line-up with White and Wade in good form this season. Hope Hussey rediscovers his touch before the end of the season.

Posted by Jose_Cyriac on (November 12, 2013, 15:50 GMT)

I think it is a fair call considering his recent form. He got plenty of opportunities in One Day Cricket, but couldnt capitalize on that and get some big scores against good opposition. Hopefully he will come back to the VICS XI and win Sheffield Shield for them :)

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 15:24 GMT)

Definitely feel for players like David Hussey, Brad Hodge and Martin Love who never quite got their opportunity to shine on the world stage.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 14:22 GMT)

How can you have a very bits and pieces player like Dan Christian in the side and not Hussey - what a shocker...

Posted by Chris_P on (November 12, 2013, 12:15 GMT)

@Mary_786. Nope, what we are saying is that, currently, in first class form, Maxwell is performing far better than DH. The fact is, last season when Victoria was in rebuilding stage, they needed DH to perform & help develop them, he ended up with a season average of 23, whereas Maxwell was on 30 in 4 games, is 10 years younger & from all reports is a terrific influence on younger players mentoring wise. He isn't performing in his chosen field, they are the cold brutal facts.

Posted by Mary_786 on (November 12, 2013, 11:16 GMT)

Don't agree, are we seriously saying that Maxwell is a better batsman then David Hussey, the man averages 50 and he is being dropped.

Posted by SamRoy on (November 12, 2013, 10:29 GMT)

So the Australian Shahid Afridi replaces David Hussey in first class cricket. Way to go.....I just hope Aussie batting doesn't go Pakistan's way... Afridi destroyed the will in Pakistani youngsters to stay there and play a long innings. If Mr. Maxwell is encouraged too much in the longer format of the game it might have some really bad effect on quality of Aussie batting in the longer format in the long run. I am not a Aussie fan neither an English fan, just a neutral observer. Just want to see all teams having strong teams, batting and bowling.

Posted by LiamF on (November 12, 2013, 9:05 GMT)

He scored a century for Notts in his last first class match for them less than 2 months ago. I'm willing to bet he could quite easily walk in at number 6 for Australia next Thursday and not look out of place. Sad days ahead.

Posted by   on (November 12, 2013, 8:57 GMT)

Maxwell also has a first class average of 44 ( exc tests) so is no slouch with the bat at number 7

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