Australia v West Indies, 2nd semi-final, World T20, Colombo October 4, 2012

David Hussey in contention for semi-final

ESPNcricinfo staff

David Hussey could be in line for a recall for Australia's semi-final against West Indies as the selectors consider the value of experience at the business end of the tournament. The allrounder Glenn Maxwell would be the likely candidate to make way for Hussey after he had a disappointing match against Pakistan, but the coach Mickey Arthur said a decision was yet to be made.

Hussey, 35, is the most prolific run scorer in T20 history and only South Africa's Albie Morkel has played more matches in the format than the 189 in which Hussey has appeared. But he was squeezed out of the side at the start of this tournament when Arthur said the Australians had wanted Hussey "to finish games a little bit more than what he has", and instead Maxwell and Cameron White filled positions in the middle order.

Maxwell's opportunities with the bat have been limited in the World T20 due to the success of Australia's top three, but when he did have a chance against Pakistan he advanced down the pitch and sliced the spinner Raza Hasan to backward point. Maxwell, who also dropped a straightforward catch at slip against Pakistan, might yet hold his spot but Arthur said it would require consideration.

"There will be thought given to that," Arthur told reporters in Colombo. "Experience plays a massive part at the back end of a tournament and Dave has a little bit of experience so we'll sit down and give it some real good thought over the next two days and come up with what is best.

"I just want to re-emphasise, Maxy is an incredible talent, he arguably won us the last one-dayer in Dubai ... he's got that bit of match-winner in him. He's been outstanding and he's done nothing particularly wrong. Dave's case is around the fact he is really experienced and he's done a fantastic job in Twenty20 cricket all around the world."

Australia's other selection decision surrounds their attack but Arthur said Pat Cummins and Brad Hogg, both of whom leaked runs in the loss to Pakistan, were likely to retain their positions. Cummins took 1 for 42 from his four overs against Pakistan and Hogg took 0 for 29 from three, and has picked up only two wickets in the tournament, but Arthur said both men would be appropriate picks to face the remaining sides.

"I think we've got the potential to get eight, maybe ten overs of spin," Arthur said. "That's going to be the trend down the line. Against the West Indies I think he [Hogg] has the ability to expose their middle order with a little bit of spin. If you look at the West Indies strike rates they are more susceptible to spin that they are to seam bowling."

"The subcontinent teams don't want to see Pat Cummins hit the deck at 150kph. Against the West Indies, he might just have mix it up just a little bit more. We'll give him all that information and then I'd really like to see him take ownership of that."

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • HAMILTON on October 5, 2012, 4:23 GMT

    Just noticed the stats C White 121 runs in 12 innings off 172 balls can it get any worse?

  • Peter on October 5, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    @Meety & @ JG2704. Unbearable posters abound from all countries. I cringe when I read some of our guys posting. I like the West Indies as a unit, but agree with JG about Gayle. To date, he still hasn't been associated with a successful team, an incredibly gifted individual, but no concept of "team dynamics". His association with the Thunder last season left nothing for the youngsters in the team, something that has also been duplicated in other leagues.

  • Basil on October 5, 2012, 4:02 GMT

    D Hussey, Christian, and McKay in for White, Bailey, and Cummins. Cummins has looked too loose of late and our batting looked way to tentative in the last game. Lacking a bowling allrounder at 8 to strengthen the tail. Also if we lose a wicket inside the powerplay why not sent in a pinch hitter,as our batsmen (except Watson) look to scared to take on the bowling?

  • Aswin on October 5, 2012, 3:53 GMT

    actually david husssey should not replace a guy like maxwell who impressed against pakistan in dubai. actually david hussey should replace a player who is in the team as a specialist captain called as george bailey

  • Binoj on October 5, 2012, 3:32 GMT

    I like David Hussey's batting a lot. I wonder why he could not make it to final XI. He is one batsmen if he gets his eye in, can take the fight into opposition. Moreover he can contribute with his off-breaks too.

  • Dummy4 on October 5, 2012, 0:23 GMT

    Once the "Double-W" fortress of Oz is breached, the inside castle is fragile. Only in one match the middle was exposed. If Michael Clarke & David Hussey were there, instead of Bailey & Maxwell, I would have been more confident... why just confident... almost sure about the dominace of OZ team over ANY other team in this tournament.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2012, 20:45 GMT

    Watson and Warner had no answers with Pakistan spinning. Any answers with west indies spin. Go Narine and spinners. Love watching Gayle. Pollard will really click in this match. Gooooooooooooooooooooooooo West Indies.

  • Mashuq on October 4, 2012, 19:42 GMT

    Of course, you're right mate (@D-Train). But having Hussey instead of Doherty would be better or we'll be a bit light should we beat WI. Better give David his chance now and keep him for the final. We have sufficient bowling options in Maxwell + David, but are a bit light as Pakistan showed us. Bailey could slip further down (to 8!) to give us a better shot at posting a total or chasing one down.

  • Dummy4 on October 4, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    Australia may consider David Hussey in for CL White... Since the middle order has not put to more test this tournament, Maxwell stays.... Ben Hiflenhaus can be included in for Hogg, having Starc, Cummins, Hilfy for seam and Doherty, Hussey, Maxwell in spin department....

  • Vikram on October 4, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    Australia recall common sense?

  • No featured comments at the moment.