Australia news June 10, 2012

Michael Hussey out of England tour

ESPNcricinfo staff

Michael Hussey has been allowed to skip Australia's tour of Ireland and England in June and July to be with his family after the premature birth of his child. Cricket Australia said he will be replaced by Queensland batsman Peter Forrest in the 15-man squad.

"Due to our baby being born three months early, it is important for the family for me to be here at this time," Hussey said. "It is always difficult to miss any tour for Australia and I thank CA for their understanding of our family's situation."

Forrest, who has played 11 ODIs so far, had been named as the stand-by player when the squad was named in May. He will now be part of the touring party that leaves Australia on June 14.

The Australians will play Leicestershire in a tour game on June 21 before taking on Ireland in a one-off ODI in Stormont on June 23. After another tour game against Essex, Australia will play England at Lord's on June 29 in the first of five ODIs.

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  • Don on June 13, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    @zenboomerang Slip of the digit it should have read 2012

  • Roo on June 13, 2012, 5:53 GMT

    @pom_don :- "look at your own record against windies last year"... Ummm, we didn't play against the WI's last year, not even in the ODI WC...

  • Don on June 12, 2012, 13:55 GMT

    @ RandyOz......look at your own record against windies last year you lot hardly trampled them underfoot did you?

  • Don on June 12, 2012, 13:49 GMT

    @RandyOz Don't count your chickens mate or put your mouth in gear too soon (as you seem to have a habit of doing) don't forget England rolled you over for 98 in an innings in 2010 & Pakistan for 88 in 2010 & SA for 47 in 2011 hardly an upward spiral.

  • Mathew on June 12, 2012, 0:01 GMT

    Hussey is a fine player and have always liked him, a big blow for Aus. Trouble with Aus seems to be the replacements which at present don't seem to be of the same calibur as the old guard. Hope everything goes well at home. Come Ashes next year he is a must for Aus to avoid embarrasment.

  • Andrew on June 11, 2012, 12:11 GMT

    @Hyclass - no arguements on this thread from me. I would say that whilst I am now luke-warm on Forrest, I think his only real problem atm in ODIs, is he isn't looking to rotate the strike, he has no milking shots. He looked good, but not effective enough & (like you), would like to see him boost his FC stats before he'd get a run in Tests. As for Voges v Ferguson, I'd be happy with either, I prefer Ferguson marginally - but both have top ODI stats & would do the job IMO. I would say they are better like for like replacements than Hughes would be & I definately think he needs time away to get back to his base game. Regarding Rogers, I have been inching back towards him over the last 6mths. He has the County experience & I think he would does deserve another shot. Re: D Hussey, I've been hot & cold on him for ages. I have a feeling though now, he is ready (weird thing to say about a bloke who has a gazillion FC runs). He looks comfortable in ODIs & I think he won't be overawed in Tests!

  • mitch on June 11, 2012, 11:32 GMT

    @Gilliana lol Huss is in fine form, we will definitively see more of him in the future

  • B on June 11, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Oops, when I said Chris Rogers I actually meant Adam Voges! I plead a long day in the hot sun and the off-season for the mix-up. Sorry. I stand by what I said about Hughes, which was not that he has no talent and promise but that he's burnt the selectors (and, by extension, himself) a couple of times now at international level, and it's in everyone's interest to wait for a sustained run of form (a year plus) rather than picking him again on the back of a couple of big scores. His eye's obviously in right now. His technique?...

  • Randolph on June 11, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    With the fabled English depth, that the English fans keep harping on about, allowing the world record score for a number 11 batsman and 3rd highest 11th wicket partnership of all time, we could send a pack of galahs over there and still get the job done.

  • R on June 11, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @hhillbumper... you are right, and it is a series that can only have been thought up by an accountant... Eng played oz last year with 7 odis (!), and they are playing them again next year TWICE with 10 odis, then 5 odis in Jan 2015 and 5 more odis in Aug 2015... So why do we need 5 more this year? I make that 32 Eng v Oz odis alone in 4 years, never mind tests & T20s!... Its just madness

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