Australia news November 12, 2013

Victoria drop David Hussey from Shield side

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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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  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 :)

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Meety on November 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Sad for DHussey - what could of been? Probably should of had a Baggy Green at some stage a couple of years back. Like others have said - I wouldn't be surprised if Huss will play again before the season is out.

  • Chris_P on November 12, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @landl47, Agree with you. DH has had a trojan career, unfortunatley being around when so many greats were playing & not quite being in form when there was the opportunity. He still has plenty to offer in the shorter forms of the game, & will still be a great influence for the young guys when Rogers is away on test duty. Also thinking Finch was fortunate to be selected in the invitational team otherwise he would have joined Hussey on the sidelines as well.

  • stuartk319 on November 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Fair call. But I have a feeling he will get his place back while Rogers is playing in the Ashes. Finch's FC record is dreadful; even before last week's bowled both innings king pair.

  • landl47 on November 12, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Age waits for no man. DH's FC average has been dropping steadily over the last couple of years. He's 36 now and has played a lot of cricket. I think you'll see him retiring and concentrating on the IPL pretty soon.

  • sidzy on November 12, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Good Call!! I wanna take a punt MAXWELL IS CLEARLY NEXT IN LINE TO BE AUSSIE GREAT...

  • PrasPunter on November 12, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Hope Maxi does well and puts up his head as a potential No 6.

  • azzaman333 on November 12, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Tough call, but the right call. Hussey has struggled over the past season and a bit, while Maxwell has a heap of potential if he can get his head around things.

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  • azzaman333 on November 12, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Tough call, but the right call. Hussey has struggled over the past season and a bit, while Maxwell has a heap of potential if he can get his head around things.

  • PrasPunter on November 12, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    Hope Maxi does well and puts up his head as a potential No 6.

  • sidzy on November 12, 2013, 4:51 GMT

    Good Call!! I wanna take a punt MAXWELL IS CLEARLY NEXT IN LINE TO BE AUSSIE GREAT...

  • landl47 on November 12, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Age waits for no man. DH's FC average has been dropping steadily over the last couple of years. He's 36 now and has played a lot of cricket. I think you'll see him retiring and concentrating on the IPL pretty soon.

  • stuartk319 on November 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Fair call. But I have a feeling he will get his place back while Rogers is playing in the Ashes. Finch's FC record is dreadful; even before last week's bowled both innings king pair.

  • Chris_P on November 12, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    @landl47, Agree with you. DH has had a trojan career, unfortunatley being around when so many greats were playing & not quite being in form when there was the opportunity. He still has plenty to offer in the shorter forms of the game, & will still be a great influence for the young guys when Rogers is away on test duty. Also thinking Finch was fortunate to be selected in the invitational team otherwise he would have joined Hussey on the sidelines as well.

  • Meety on November 12, 2013, 7:48 GMT

    Sad for DHussey - what could of been? Probably should of had a Baggy Green at some stage a couple of years back. Like others have said - I wouldn't be surprised if Huss will play again before the season is out.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.