January 10, 2010

Pakistan in Australia 2009-10

Right then, who owes who an apology?

Jamie Alter
Michael Hussey congratulates Nathan Hauritz on picking up Graeme Smith's wicket, South Africa v Australia, 1st ODI, Durban, April 3, 2009
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The Sydney Test was the high water mark for exponents of the volte-face, the moment when egg and face were in perfect congress. The time the collective conscience was forced to examine itself, writes Peter Lalor in the Australian.

Selectors gave Hussey the West Indian tour to reassemble his act. He managed a reasonable 47 average across the three Tests, but against a Pakistan attack that has had more teeth than expected he has prospered scoring 82, 4, 28 and the aforementioned 134no. Now you hear that Ricky Ponting using Hussey as an example of how he is going to turn around his own form.

St Michael has found a path from the wilderness and will perform the same miracle for others willing to burn a votive candle at his feet while he climbs atop the massage table and sings the team hymn. And Nathan Hauritz?

Jamie Alter is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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