Australia v West Indies 2009-10 December 12, 2009

Hussey on his 'last legs' - Warne

Cricinfo staff

Shane Warne doubts Australia's Test future includes Michael Hussey and believes the batsman should have asked for a move last month to help out the team. The side is under intense scrutiny after they were outplayed by West Indies in the draw in Adelaide and Hussey has looked scratchy even though he has scored 66, 41 and 29 in the series.

"He should have put his hand up to open, so Shane Watson could bat in the middle order where he belongs," Warne said in the Herald Sun. "He's on his last legs, and it might be time to inject some youth into his spot."

Watson has done well at the top of the order since replacing Phillip Hughes during the Ashes but the selectors want him eventually to slot in at five or six. Hussey is currently at No. 4 and has scored 619 Test runs at 34.38 for the year, even though his one-day form is strong.

John Benaud, the former selector, said he would have dropped Hussey for next week's third Test in Perth. "It's time for Hussey to go," Benaud said. "His footwork is terrible. He is totally out of touch. It is not his average that matters when you analyse his form, it's the direction of his form graph. It has been going down for some time."