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David Hussey given Test hope

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David Hussey's hopes of a belated call-up to the Australian Test team at the age of 34 are no longer as forlorn as they once seemed. John Inverarity, the national selector, has said that Hussey's inclusion in the slimline Cricket Australia contract list for 2012-13 indicates he is, alongside the uncontracted Peter Forrest and George Bailey, at the front of the queue for Test batting places.

On his arrival in the United Kingdom for Australia's ODI tour, Hussey said he had never felt more comfortable in the national set-up than he did right now, and expressed optimism that he might still earn the baggy green cap that has eluded him over a prolific first-class batting career. At times he has been passed over for lesser credentialed batsmen, but Inverarity said that now he was as close as ever, needing to perform staunchly over the next 12 months to push his way in.

"If you look at the middle order options should we need replacements," Inverarity said. "We have got our top six at the moment but if you are looking for a middle order option and the ones that come very much to mind are Peter Forrest, George Bailey and David Hussey. They are the ones that are to the fore at the moment."

The dearth of highly performing young batsmen coming through the Australian system has been a cause of concern for some time, as indicated by the fact that Inverarity and his fellow selectors - the captain Michael Clarke excepted - chose only six specialist batsmen out of 17. The onus now is on Bailey, Forrest, Steve Smith and others including Phil Hughes and Usman Khawaja to lift their standards.

"It has been a case for many years in Australian history. Bradman in the 1930s, Neil Harvey, Greg Chappell, Ricky Ponting, Doug Walters all these types of players coming through," Inverarity said. "We would very much like to have some of those players emerging. We need more good young middle order batsmen coming through. At the moment they are not really obvious but we have some good back-up players in Bailey, Forrest and David Hussey."

In contrast to Hussey, Ed Cowan is a Test batsman, having now played seven matches, but did not receive a contract, partly due to his Test-only status, and partly because he is yet to fully grasp the spot he was given on Boxing Day against India. Inverarity is an unabashed fan of Cowan's intelligence and even temper, and described him as an "integral" member of the Test XI.

"Everyone must keep performing, but Ed is firmly in place as our opening batsman at the moment. He is firmly in place," Inverarity said. "He is a fine young man, an intelligent man and he is an integral part of the test team. We have in as captain of the Australia A team and we think he has real leadership potential. He has four matches in England which will be terrific preparations for the Ashes the following season."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • Green_and_Gold on June 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Yeah - come on - give Dave Hussey a chance. The guys has scored countless runs and should be given a chance at the top level. Even if he only lasts a few seasons it will give the younger guys a chance to build up their runs at the first class level and then take that experience with them when they play international tests. It will be a real shame if D Hussey finished cricket without a test match behind him.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Age should not be a factor Hussey is solid and although he hasn't played in tests he has a lot of valuable international experience so is less likely to freeze in the middle. There seems to be plenty of good bowlers coming through your ranks but no real stand out batsmen p.s Tom Cooper sounds like he good be one for the future with a few tricks up his sleeve

  • hyclass on June 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer...Daniel Brettig takes the time to research his views as do all those who wish their views to be respected. Khawaja had a fine record & style until he developed the habit of walking himself front on.This has resulted in no innings over 36 in his last 12 knocks,but his average of 42 was at one time 53 with a good conversion of 50s to 100s & encourages perserverence.Hughes is currently playing for Worcester where his 4 List A,3 x 20/20 & 1 First Class game have yielded 2 x 100s,3 x 50's & 447 runs at 63.85 collectively.With a 20/20 ave of 41.75,List A ave of 43.16,1st class ave of 46.52 & Test ave of 34.58 with 3 x 100s,there is every suggestion that he is worth perservering with.His plaudits include;Bradman medallist,Steve Waugh Medallist,Shield Player of the Year & several records in Wisden.It is my well researched view,supported by DeCosta & others,that Hughes had his game dismantled before the 09 Lions game by Nielsen causing all his subsequent difficulties.

  • hyclass on June 24, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Well observed @zenboomerang.I advocated something similar on an earlier contracting article.For the selection process to be entirely professional and dispassionate,the points system must extend to Shield and List A.Otherwise,the process by which Shield players may gain the opportunity to develop points playing for Australia remains as arbitrary as ever.As you have observed re Invererity and Cowans,there seems an urgent need to remove the personal equation from professional sport.The points system is fundamentally flawed in that the initial selections,both from state level and of whom remains in the side are entirely arbitrary.They are in no way performance based and could be as easily applied to Australias last failed 18 months with the identical selection results.Put simply-despite the existence of this system,players can still be excellent in Shield with no guarantee of selection and can be poor at Test level with no guarantee of being dropped.Its the appearance of action sans action

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @hyclass... I have become befuddled by CA comments - especially on Cowan... Inverarity says Cowan has a future in Tests; CA didn't give him a contract yet he has already played 7 Tests which gives him 35 pts for contract purposes (& agree he doesn't deserve one at present)... Well above the required level & Cummins has 15 pts - lots of mixed messages going on here... Consistently inconsistent... I also would like to see CA give pts for Aust A games & SShield - at present a player could get more pts for a ODI/T20 series than a Test series - aka last summer CB series with Oz playing 11 ODI's = 22pts while the Oz v Ind 4 Tests yields 20 pts & potentially could be played for 9 extra days...

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @hyclass... Yes, agree on Glenn Maxwell, he has done well with bat (FC @45 sr@76) & ball (@37) for Vic - not sure why he isn't talked about more often?... If he continues to bat well & develops his bowling more he would be a very handy no.6/7 for Oz... Comparing Steve Smith ( FC bat@41 sr@58 - bowl@55) & both 23y.o. ... Guess the NSP see Smith as a more experienced player but one wonders about selection at times...

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @smudgeon... agree on Bailey & Cooper... One only has to look at Tassies Shield & One Dayer record over the last few years to see Baileys captaining value to the team... I'm very surprised that the NSP selected Cowan (Capt) & Forrest (VC) for the Aust A squad, while Bailey missed out & Paine is the only keeper going & previously been called a possible Capt for Oz... Even Klinger has much more captaining experience... Seems the NSP are pushing Cowan, Forrest ahead of more knowledgeable heads... Re: Cooper - his 2 Chairmans games against India produced a 182n.o. & 38 while for SA performed a couple of match winning innings last season - both FC & OD'ers... He's been on my "to watch" list for a while now...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 24, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    if australia dont have so-called quality young batsmen, den who are JOE BURNS and TOM COOPER? David Hussey is good, bailey is ok but forrest is horrible. And why doesnt brettig understand that Hughes and Khawaja are nowhere in the pecking order.?

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 24, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Michael Hussey isn't being dumped due to age. So why is his YOUNGER BROTHER David not being considered due to age? David Hussey has averaged 55 in FC cricket, and averaged 54 last season too! He is proven at international level and surely should be in the next test XI. Why does he have to wait 12 months even?

  • DarkBatter on June 24, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Heisenburg, lovin you're line up mate. I can't wait to see the batting and bowling partnership between numbers 8. and 10.

  • Green_and_Gold on June 25, 2012, 12:30 GMT

    Yeah - come on - give Dave Hussey a chance. The guys has scored countless runs and should be given a chance at the top level. Even if he only lasts a few seasons it will give the younger guys a chance to build up their runs at the first class level and then take that experience with them when they play international tests. It will be a real shame if D Hussey finished cricket without a test match behind him.

  • The_bowlers_Holding on June 25, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    Age should not be a factor Hussey is solid and although he hasn't played in tests he has a lot of valuable international experience so is less likely to freeze in the middle. There seems to be plenty of good bowlers coming through your ranks but no real stand out batsmen p.s Tom Cooper sounds like he good be one for the future with a few tricks up his sleeve

  • hyclass on June 24, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer...Daniel Brettig takes the time to research his views as do all those who wish their views to be respected. Khawaja had a fine record & style until he developed the habit of walking himself front on.This has resulted in no innings over 36 in his last 12 knocks,but his average of 42 was at one time 53 with a good conversion of 50s to 100s & encourages perserverence.Hughes is currently playing for Worcester where his 4 List A,3 x 20/20 & 1 First Class game have yielded 2 x 100s,3 x 50's & 447 runs at 63.85 collectively.With a 20/20 ave of 41.75,List A ave of 43.16,1st class ave of 46.52 & Test ave of 34.58 with 3 x 100s,there is every suggestion that he is worth perservering with.His plaudits include;Bradman medallist,Steve Waugh Medallist,Shield Player of the Year & several records in Wisden.It is my well researched view,supported by DeCosta & others,that Hughes had his game dismantled before the 09 Lions game by Nielsen causing all his subsequent difficulties.

  • hyclass on June 24, 2012, 15:34 GMT

    Well observed @zenboomerang.I advocated something similar on an earlier contracting article.For the selection process to be entirely professional and dispassionate,the points system must extend to Shield and List A.Otherwise,the process by which Shield players may gain the opportunity to develop points playing for Australia remains as arbitrary as ever.As you have observed re Invererity and Cowans,there seems an urgent need to remove the personal equation from professional sport.The points system is fundamentally flawed in that the initial selections,both from state level and of whom remains in the side are entirely arbitrary.They are in no way performance based and could be as easily applied to Australias last failed 18 months with the identical selection results.Put simply-despite the existence of this system,players can still be excellent in Shield with no guarantee of selection and can be poor at Test level with no guarantee of being dropped.Its the appearance of action sans action

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:29 GMT

    @hyclass... I have become befuddled by CA comments - especially on Cowan... Inverarity says Cowan has a future in Tests; CA didn't give him a contract yet he has already played 7 Tests which gives him 35 pts for contract purposes (& agree he doesn't deserve one at present)... Well above the required level & Cummins has 15 pts - lots of mixed messages going on here... Consistently inconsistent... I also would like to see CA give pts for Aust A games & SShield - at present a player could get more pts for a ODI/T20 series than a Test series - aka last summer CB series with Oz playing 11 ODI's = 22pts while the Oz v Ind 4 Tests yields 20 pts & potentially could be played for 9 extra days...

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:09 GMT

    @hyclass... Yes, agree on Glenn Maxwell, he has done well with bat (FC @45 sr@76) & ball (@37) for Vic - not sure why he isn't talked about more often?... If he continues to bat well & develops his bowling more he would be a very handy no.6/7 for Oz... Comparing Steve Smith ( FC bat@41 sr@58 - bowl@55) & both 23y.o. ... Guess the NSP see Smith as a more experienced player but one wonders about selection at times...

  • zenboomerang on June 24, 2012, 5:07 GMT

    @smudgeon... agree on Bailey & Cooper... One only has to look at Tassies Shield & One Dayer record over the last few years to see Baileys captaining value to the team... I'm very surprised that the NSP selected Cowan (Capt) & Forrest (VC) for the Aust A squad, while Bailey missed out & Paine is the only keeper going & previously been called a possible Capt for Oz... Even Klinger has much more captaining experience... Seems the NSP are pushing Cowan, Forrest ahead of more knowledgeable heads... Re: Cooper - his 2 Chairmans games against India produced a 182n.o. & 38 while for SA performed a couple of match winning innings last season - both FC & OD'ers... He's been on my "to watch" list for a while now...

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on June 24, 2012, 2:34 GMT

    if australia dont have so-called quality young batsmen, den who are JOE BURNS and TOM COOPER? David Hussey is good, bailey is ok but forrest is horrible. And why doesnt brettig understand that Hughes and Khawaja are nowhere in the pecking order.?

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 24, 2012, 2:14 GMT

    Michael Hussey isn't being dumped due to age. So why is his YOUNGER BROTHER David not being considered due to age? David Hussey has averaged 55 in FC cricket, and averaged 54 last season too! He is proven at international level and surely should be in the next test XI. Why does he have to wait 12 months even?

  • DarkBatter on June 24, 2012, 1:38 GMT

    Heisenburg, lovin you're line up mate. I can't wait to see the batting and bowling partnership between numbers 8. and 10.

  • Buckers410 on June 24, 2012, 0:43 GMT

    i agree with smudgeon. Tom Cooper does deserve more attention. He is in form, unlike Peter Forrest, Ed cowan and others. Cooper deffinately has a future in Oz cricket. D. Hussey should, could, would play for aus but our history is great I would love to see Steve Smith become a great player, batting wise. He would be a batsman who can bowl a couple of overs when needed Team should be: 1 Watson 2 Warner 3 Bailey 4 Ponting (until ashes- Finch/Cooper) 5 Clarke 6 M Hussey (until ashes- Smith) 7 Wade 8 Siddle 9 Cummins 10 Hilfy 11 Lyon

  • VivGilchrist on June 24, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @trinimello, youre embarrassing yourself. Look at his first class record as this is what relates to Test cricket. ODI''s are a different ball game. Coming in at no6 in an ODI has different requirements to batting at 4 in Tests, even my 5 year old knows that.

  • trinimello on June 23, 2012, 15:29 GMT

    OZ MUST REALLY BE SCRAPING THE BOTTOM OF THE BARREL IF HUSSEY IS CONSIDERED A GREAT CRICKETER....his odi avg is 34.....in 55 games he has ONLY scored a 100 ONE TIME....his bowling has a HIGH econ rate of almost 5 and a half.....if this guy who has been in international cricket for the past four years cant adapt and improve his average and be more consistent...then see you at the bottom rung of international cricket AUSSIES very soon.....OZ selectors have lost their mind to give him a contract ahead of other BETTER players

  • hyclass on June 23, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    My ideal batting lineup at this point would be Rogers,Warner,Ponting,D.Hussey,Clarke,M.Hussey,Wade....the batsmen outside that group would be Neville,Hughes and Voges. I believe Maxwell also has excellent potential in the vein of Symonds. I find it unusual that Hussey would be ruled in and Rogers ruled out. Cowan has a very limited game and record and has spent a good deal of time,excusing his poor performance in media articles which I consider to be a statement of character.He averages just 40 at 1st class level.Selecting on brief runs of form is fraught.Observing long term records is vital.I find it even more unusual that a selector would make such an unprofessional and unsubstantiated by results,statement of support for Cowan.It leads one to believe that the selection process is still not all it could be.I wouldn't be holding my breath if I was Hussey.Hodge was given similar assurances last year,remained the pre-eminent short form specialist and retired without adding to his tally.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 23, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    Hussey as well as Daniel Christian also should get chance to play test.Both of them are allrounder.

  • MasudRUETeee091040 on June 23, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    David Hussy should get a chance to prove himself in test cricket. Like Marcas North, Suresh Raina.He can bowl also, which is a plus point fot him.

  • ravi_hari on June 23, 2012, 8:22 GMT

    Should be given a chance. In fact he should have been tried before Khwaja and others. He can be handy always and combined with his fielding, bowling and experience will add a new dimension to the Aussie side. In the event of Ponting retiring after the Ashes, David should be in to maintain the experience factor in the team. David , Clarke and Mike can groom Watson and company to take over the mantle of the team in the years to come and make Aus No.1 again. A committed cricketer he should not end up as a ODI specilist like Bevan. If Aussies think Warner needs some more years before coming back to test side, Watson can go back to opening and David can come in at No5 with Clarke or Mike taking the No.3 slot. Youngsters like Forrest, Marsh can learn from these pros and nurture their skills before taking over regular duties for the side. David's off-breaks will give Clarke another option to break partnerships and to run through overs quickly. Eager to see Hussey bros play together in tests.

  • popcorn on June 23, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    David Hussey is a good allrounder,and will be an asset to the Test Team.David Warner, Ed Cowan,Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting (and after he retires - Peter Forrest),Michael Clarke,Mike Hussey (and after he retires ,David Hussey),Mathew Wade (or Brad Haddin),Peter Siddle,Ryan Harris,Ben Hilfenhaus,Nathan Lyon.

  • AKS286 on June 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    very good player no doubt but the age factor. they why not Rogers, de-Venuto? Watson, Klinger, ponting, clarke,m hussey, voges, wade, johnson, siddle, pattinson,, Beer. or If ponting is not playing then- watson, klinger, Wade, clarke, voges, m.Hussey, mcdonald, johnson, siddle, pattinson, beer.

  • on June 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Hussey should be next cab off the rank for test cricket because he still has a good 3 years left in him and he'll probly play on till the 2015 WC if his form is good, he has great 1st class record and ODI record is good too so i think he would be a great test player just like his bro mike

  • on June 23, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    D Hussey should have been in the team three years ago. A first class avg above 50 in Oz, where many who have gone ahead of him had averages below 40 even. Either Cowan or Ponting have to be dropped so DH can start playing in the first XI. Best to drop Ricky and move Watson to 6 as an allrounder.

  • smudgeon on June 23, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    ...i do think, though, that Tom Cooper is a good player who warrants more attention. plus, he already has some international experience with Netherlands! his double ton following on against a good NSW attack was great to watch - good attacking cricket that salvaged a draw for SA. the kind of guy i'd like to see in the middle order...

  • smudgeon on June 23, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    while i agree with CriciHorizon on the somewhat odd decision to appoint Bailey to T20 captain with a modest T20 record and no international experience (i imagine it is more to do with the high regard in which his captaincy and leadership skills are held), he had a very good season for Tassie - 3 100s, 3 50s, in 8 games, plus a few match-winning knocks. those who have kept track of Bailey's domestic career know he is an excellent captain, and the kind of guy who performs best when his team needs him most. one of those players who will always be under-rated by the cricketing public, but well-respected by his peers. i'd love to see him slot into the middle order, but i do think Forrest & Hussey have the inside running on any vacant spots.

  • Heisenburg on June 23, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Excellent news, next year is going to be a rigorous year for the Aussies we should play our very best, age shouldn't be a factor, the test team should be 1) Warner 2) Cowan 3) Clarke 4) M Hussey 5) D Hussey 6) Watson 7) Wade 8) Siddle 9) Harris 10) Siddle 11) Lyon, Ponting needs to be dropped, Bailey can be the back up batsman and Pattinson can be the back up bowler.

  • RandyOZ on June 23, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @CricHorizon - I could not agree more with every single thing you said. Absolutely spot on mate.

  • Potatis on June 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I don't care that Hussey is 34, he has a lot of experience, and is really in his prime now. This is the time he should be playing, now that he is in form, and knows his game very well. I believe he would be a great inclusion in the side NOW, rather than a young inexperienced batsman there gaining experience. If Australia want to win the Ashes next year, they want people performing next year, not being groomed for the future. Ed Cowan should be there too. He hasn't got the big score yet, but I can only remember one occasion that he got out early. In his other innings, he occupied the crease for a while and accumulated runs, reducing the team's early innings nerves that comes from the loss of an early wicket. He needs to improve, but has been satisfactory so far, especially since there have been some difficult pitches recently. There hasn't been a batsman's paradise for a while. The 1st wicket partnership is more stable now than just before Ed started playing for Aus.

  • Tom_Bowler on June 22, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Tells a story about the current state of Australian batting that David Hussey is in with a shout of getting in their Test team. He is an excellent player and if he'd been born elsewhere he'd probably have fifty odd caps but he's 34. In their heyday the Aussies wouldn't dream of giving a guy of his age a debut instead he'd be joining the likes of Siddons, Love, Law and Rogers on the list of Australian players who didn't have the career their talent demanded.

  • ozwriter on June 22, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    i don't understand how cowan is 'integral' when he really hasn't achieved anything despite being given the opening position on a plate. he should NEVER have replaced watson as an opener when watson came back. also I can't fathom how forrest and bailey are in the running for test spots. their domestic records leaves a lot to be desired. for some bizarre reasonthe selection panel are hell-bent on these 2. bailey T20 captain? forrest test player when he couldn't make his state team? david hussey on the other hand is solid. remember, its the NSP that had to go back on their words and drop the 'classy' marsh.

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  • ozwriter on June 22, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    i don't understand how cowan is 'integral' when he really hasn't achieved anything despite being given the opening position on a plate. he should NEVER have replaced watson as an opener when watson came back. also I can't fathom how forrest and bailey are in the running for test spots. their domestic records leaves a lot to be desired. for some bizarre reasonthe selection panel are hell-bent on these 2. bailey T20 captain? forrest test player when he couldn't make his state team? david hussey on the other hand is solid. remember, its the NSP that had to go back on their words and drop the 'classy' marsh.

  • Tom_Bowler on June 22, 2012, 22:36 GMT

    Tells a story about the current state of Australian batting that David Hussey is in with a shout of getting in their Test team. He is an excellent player and if he'd been born elsewhere he'd probably have fifty odd caps but he's 34. In their heyday the Aussies wouldn't dream of giving a guy of his age a debut instead he'd be joining the likes of Siddons, Love, Law and Rogers on the list of Australian players who didn't have the career their talent demanded.

  • Potatis on June 23, 2012, 0:42 GMT

    I don't care that Hussey is 34, he has a lot of experience, and is really in his prime now. This is the time he should be playing, now that he is in form, and knows his game very well. I believe he would be a great inclusion in the side NOW, rather than a young inexperienced batsman there gaining experience. If Australia want to win the Ashes next year, they want people performing next year, not being groomed for the future. Ed Cowan should be there too. He hasn't got the big score yet, but I can only remember one occasion that he got out early. In his other innings, he occupied the crease for a while and accumulated runs, reducing the team's early innings nerves that comes from the loss of an early wicket. He needs to improve, but has been satisfactory so far, especially since there have been some difficult pitches recently. There hasn't been a batsman's paradise for a while. The 1st wicket partnership is more stable now than just before Ed started playing for Aus.

  • RandyOZ on June 23, 2012, 2:06 GMT

    @CricHorizon - I could not agree more with every single thing you said. Absolutely spot on mate.

  • Heisenburg on June 23, 2012, 3:20 GMT

    Excellent news, next year is going to be a rigorous year for the Aussies we should play our very best, age shouldn't be a factor, the test team should be 1) Warner 2) Cowan 3) Clarke 4) M Hussey 5) D Hussey 6) Watson 7) Wade 8) Siddle 9) Harris 10) Siddle 11) Lyon, Ponting needs to be dropped, Bailey can be the back up batsman and Pattinson can be the back up bowler.

  • smudgeon on June 23, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    while i agree with CriciHorizon on the somewhat odd decision to appoint Bailey to T20 captain with a modest T20 record and no international experience (i imagine it is more to do with the high regard in which his captaincy and leadership skills are held), he had a very good season for Tassie - 3 100s, 3 50s, in 8 games, plus a few match-winning knocks. those who have kept track of Bailey's domestic career know he is an excellent captain, and the kind of guy who performs best when his team needs him most. one of those players who will always be under-rated by the cricketing public, but well-respected by his peers. i'd love to see him slot into the middle order, but i do think Forrest & Hussey have the inside running on any vacant spots.

  • smudgeon on June 23, 2012, 4:21 GMT

    ...i do think, though, that Tom Cooper is a good player who warrants more attention. plus, he already has some international experience with Netherlands! his double ton following on against a good NSW attack was great to watch - good attacking cricket that salvaged a draw for SA. the kind of guy i'd like to see in the middle order...

  • on June 23, 2012, 5:17 GMT

    D Hussey should have been in the team three years ago. A first class avg above 50 in Oz, where many who have gone ahead of him had averages below 40 even. Either Cowan or Ponting have to be dropped so DH can start playing in the first XI. Best to drop Ricky and move Watson to 6 as an allrounder.

  • on June 23, 2012, 6:10 GMT

    Hussey should be next cab off the rank for test cricket because he still has a good 3 years left in him and he'll probly play on till the 2015 WC if his form is good, he has great 1st class record and ODI record is good too so i think he would be a great test player just like his bro mike

  • AKS286 on June 23, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    very good player no doubt but the age factor. they why not Rogers, de-Venuto? Watson, Klinger, ponting, clarke,m hussey, voges, wade, johnson, siddle, pattinson,, Beer. or If ponting is not playing then- watson, klinger, Wade, clarke, voges, m.Hussey, mcdonald, johnson, siddle, pattinson, beer.