Australia news January 2, 2014

WA open to Hussey Shield return

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Hussey, the former Australia batsman, could make a return to Western Australia and first-class cricket after expressing a desire to play in the second half of the Sheffield Shield season.

Hussey has only played T20 cricket since the end of the 2012-13 domestic season in Australia and raised eyebrows by moving across the country to represent Sydney Thunder, rather than Perth Scorchers, in the third Big Bash League. After retiring from Test cricket last summer, Hussey was not retained on Western Warriors' list of contracted players for 2013-14 but he has since indicated his desire for a Shield return with his home state.

Responding to Hussey's comments, Justin Langer, a former Australia team-mate and current WA coach, said that any decision would have to wait until after the BBL. Regardless, Hussey will play in front of the Perth support again on Friday, when he leads the Thunder in pursuit of their first win.

"We're always happy to talk with Mike however we're in the middle of a BBL campaign, so are focused on the Perth Scorchers and our match tomorrow night," Langer said

"Mike has expressed some interest in making himself available for selected Sheffield Shield matches at the end of the season. We will look at this with Mike after the BBL and with a view to what is in the best interests of the Western Warriors at the time."

Western Australia are currently third in the Shield table, with four games left to play. Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 38-year-old Hussey said that he could be available to play in WA's next Shield fixture - against Tasmania beginning on February 12 - but that the final call would be Langer's.

"Well, it's something I have been sort of chucking around with JL," Hussey said. "It's a bit in his court really. I have shown a bit of interest to play some games at the end of the year, but yeah we'll have to wait and see what happens.

"JL spoke to me early on in the summer and just said did I have any interest in playing Shield cricket and I said it was going to be too busy and too hectic before Christmas and obviously while the Big Bash was on. But afterwards I am definitely happy to look at it and we basically left it that we'll talk closer to the date and we'll see what happens."

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  • Mick on January 6, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    Clearly, with a period of form he could waltz back into the Australian One day team taking Sean Marsh's spot. He could eventually come back to the test team taking Bailey's spot. The concept that the test team is too old is complete nonsense in my opinion when it comes to batsmen who are still seeing the ball well. Maybe regretting the full retirement.

  • ESPN on January 4, 2014, 8:55 GMT

    Is WA that desperate for batsmen?

  • Rohanj on January 3, 2014, 1:19 GMT

    Could only strengthen australian fist class cricket. But im just wondering where Huss's head is at, after his sudden retirement for family reasons, then going off to India in the IPL anyway, showing no interest in Shield cricket in the early part of the season, then more T20 but over in Sydney again away from home, now wanting to play for WA in the shield again! He's all over the shop!

  • John on January 2, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    Would be awesome to see both Huss and Brad Hodge in the 20/20 world cup team. Why not!

  • David on January 2, 2014, 22:33 GMT

    This might be a bit of goodwill from Hussey to Langer after Hussey left the Scorchers to play for the Thunder. Scorchers tail starts at #5 at present, Hussey was needed badly.

  • Peter on January 2, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    It seems the rumours of Hussey being moved on from the test team have some basis.

  • Woody on January 2, 2014, 20:57 GMT

    Stepehen fleming and Mike Hussey have already agreed he will play 1-2 more seasons and CSK before moving into a coaching role with the franchise.

  • Cam on January 2, 2014, 20:10 GMT

    The best batsman playing in Australia for sure. Would likely be playing for Australia if not for Arthur/Clarke.

  • Ramakrishnan on January 2, 2014, 16:06 GMT

    Mike will continue with CSK in the IPL? Would love to see him in yellow here.

  • Brenton on January 2, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Of course he should play Shield. This is a fantastic way to improve the standard of domestic FC cricket. Of all of the greats who have retired in recent years the only one who has played Shield after retiring was Punter. Think of what he gave Tasmanian cricket for that season. Warne, Mcgrath, Hayden, Gilchrist, Lee, Hussey they all should have given something back to the Sheffield Shield instead of t20.

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