Australian domestic news February 10, 2014

Hussey won't play Shield for WA

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Hussey, the former Australia batsman, will not play for Western Australia for the second half of the Sheffield Shield season. Hussey met with WA coach Justin Langer and it was mutually agreed that his limited availability this season would not be in the best interests of the team.

"Mike and I had a good chat this morning and, in the end, we agreed it wouldn't be in the best interests of the team, or himself, to return to the Warriors for the remainder of this season," Langer said. "Mike and I have been friends for a long time and he's always been a person who gives 100 per cent to everything he does.

"He is an iconic player and I would love to have Mike Hussey play for the Warriors, but he has made it clear that his heart isn't 100 per cent in returning to Shield cricket. On the back of his retirement from international cricket last season, I respect his decision."

Hussey said: "On reflection, I know in my heart that as much as I would like to play Sheffield Shield cricket for Western Australia, it would not be fair on the team and I believe it is time for the younger players to step up and grab their opportunities with both hands."

After retiring from Test cricket last summer, Hussey was not retained on Western Warriors' list of contracted players for 2013-14. In January, Hussey had expressed his desire to play Shield cricket for WA but Langer had said any decisions would have to wait until the end of the BBL. Hussey had played only T20 cricket since the end of the 2012-13 domestic season in Australia and raised eyebrows by moving to represent the Sydney Thunder, rather than the Perth Scorchers, in the third BBL.

Western Australia are currently third in the Shield table, with four games left to play.

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  • Angry on February 11, 2014, 13:06 GMT

    WA hardly need anyone to step aside and give a youngster a chance. In their last game, they only had 3 players older than 25.

  • Grant on February 11, 2014, 4:55 GMT

    Surely, even at 90% committed he could fill in for Shaun Marsh and if WA make the final decide then who plays. He'd have so much to offer even with limited off-field availability.

    Its only another month of cricket, and WA are coming 3rd…how uncommitted does Huss need to be?

  • Paul on February 11, 2014, 4:26 GMT

    Depending on who made the decision - if it was Hussey, then there's nothing you can do about it - but a younger guy being able to play next to someone like Hussey would be great for them.

    You can bet the young Tasmanian blokes picked up a huge amount from playing next to Ricky Ponting when he retired from Test cricket. He averaged something like 90 odd after returning to Shield cricket.

    Certainly gave the young guys (like Jordan Silk for example) something to aim for. Showed them the level they'll have to reach if they want to make it at international level.

  • Brendan on February 10, 2014, 22:18 GMT

    Probably a good decision and one where the youngsters will now have an opportunity to take that spot.

  • Dummy4 on February 10, 2014, 21:49 GMT

    It's a shame he won't play on. I've always thought that touring your home country in domestic cricket would be a nice way to spend your retirement. I guess I'm wrong though, because it is pretty rare to see a retired international player remain active in domestic cricket.

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