Australia v Ireland, World T20 2012, Group B, Colombo September 18, 2012

David Hussey squeezed out of side

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David Hussey cannot command a place in Australia's first-choice side for the World Twenty20 despite being the most prolific run scorer in T20 history. Hussey has fallen out of favour with the national selectors over the past few games, having been dropped from the third match against Pakistan in Dubai earlier this month and left out of Australia's two warm-ups against New Zealand and England in Sri Lanka.

Nobody in world cricket has scored more T20 runs than Hussey's 4670 and only Albie Morkel has played more matches in the format than the 189 Hussey has taken part in. But Australia's selectors have preferred Hussey's Victorian team-mate Glenn Maxwell in the role of power-hitting offspinning allrounder, although the coach Mickey Arthur said Hussey could yet play a part in the tournament.

"We wanted to get everything structured and stable before we went into the tournament," told reporters after Australia's loss to England in Monday's warm-up match. "Seven doesn't go into six. One guy has to miss out. Since I've come in [as coach] he's played every game, bar the start of this tournament [and the last match in Dubai].

"We wanted to get a little bit more from Dave and we wanted Dave to finish games a little bit more than what he has. He's aware of that. We've had some good honest chats about it. Dave is still very clearly in the mix and down the line could play a really big role in this tournament."

Hussey, 35, retained his Cricket Australia contract during the off-season as he was viewed as a key man in T20 and ODI cricket, but the emergence of Maxwell, 23, has squeezed him out, while the selectors are also keen to find a place for the medium-pace bowling allrounder Daniel Christian. Arthur said Maxwell had shown plenty of promise during his initial matches for Australia.

"Glenn has played some really good one-day innings for us. He's got a bit about him," Arthur said. "If he has a good tournament he's certainly a guy who can win games for us. Dave's probably a little bit unlucky."

The Australians will have only 14 men to choose from for their tournament opener against Ireland in Colombo, with the spinner Xavier Doherty having flown home for the birth of his first child. Doherty is expected to rejoin the squad on Thursday, a day after the Ireland game. Arthur said Australia would be wary of the giant-killing Ireland, who earlier this month were briefly ahead of Australia on the ICC's T20 rankings.

Last year, Ireland beat England in the 50-over World Cup in what was one of the best matches of the tournament, and they defeated Pakistan in the 2007 World Cup. The Australians also know how easy it is to make a shaky start in the unforgiving T20 format, having lost their first World T20 match to Zimbabwe in 2007 and having been bundled out at the group stage in 2009.

"I know I'll only rest easy when that game's passed," Arthur said. "That's not through fear of failure. They have been a giant-killer and they're playing with a quite nice bit of freedom. Any team in this competition can win if they have a good day."

Although Ireland have only once beaten an ICC Full Member in a T20 international - they overcame Bangladesh in the 2009 World T20 - Australia would underestimate them at their peril. Shane Watson, the vice-captain, said Australia's form in the shortest format was such that they could not afford to give Ireland a sniff on Wednesday.

"Not too many guys have been talking about it but deep inside everyone knows they are a very dangerous team," Watson said. "They've got some highly skilled players and we certainly have to be at our best to make sure we dominate the game. We need to be at our best against Ireland to make a statement in our first game because we have been very up and down with our form."

The Australians finished their recent series against Pakistan on a high thanks to a 94-run win in the last match in Dubai, and they soundly defeated New Zealand in their first warm-up match in Colombo on Saturday. However, in their second practice game against England on Monday, a nine-run loss, Australia's fast men struggled to control the swing in the humid conditions - they averaged one wide every two overs - and it is something they will need to manage in their group matches against Ireland and West Indies.

"That's going to be one of the crucial things, controlling that new-ball swing," Watson said. "In this humidity the new ball is going to swing and we have got guys who can swing the ball, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc, so we have to make sure we can control it because we can't afford to have that many extras. In the end that was the reason they got 170, and it lets the batsmen off."

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  • Meety on September 21, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold on (September 20 2012, 12:57 PM GMT) - well said, I've said before, sometimes I don't know how a player representing Oz could be bothered with some of the ficle-minded crud that is said. I'm very dissappointed in White's lack of achievement since coming back into the team, I wish him the best! I have NOT been a fan of Bailey (as a T20 player or captain, & must admit I was not a fan of him in the ODI side, but have changed my tune), likewise I wish for him to prove my concerns unfounded!

  • Green_and_Gold on September 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    All i have read for the last 3 years is every bloke and their dog rubbish our players. Why is this guy in there, that guy is rubbish and should never be picked - its the same old story - and whats worse is that most of it is coming from our own fans. How about a bit of encouragement for White. He is a devastating batsman when in and maybe he just needs to find that old spark he had. Truth is that neither White or Hussey has done enough to demand auto selection and for some reason known to the selectors they went with White. I love both these batsman and want them both to do well. In this case it was Whites opportunity, Hussey will get his chance in this competition. On a side note - I really hope that Hussey gets a shot in the test team!

  • cyberstudent on September 19, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    maxwell will be a big fail, u will see it.. his off spinners are of no use.

  • MaverickSix on September 19, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It's really astonising to see David Hussey out of Australia T20 Squad...He is more than useful player at least in T-20 .Cameroon White in not proving much himself in t20 cricket....

  • joseyesu on September 19, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Hussey in poor form....?. The total team is in disarray....expecting a early exit...

  • Shafi79 on September 19, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    c'mon you guys arent you overrating yourselves? Aussies are ok not outstanding in this form of the game. I would say WI and PAK are the two stadn out teams for me and then i wouls prolly put IND, SA, SL and AUS as strong contenders. Sorry but i dont see ENG being as competitive in these conditions lets see ...

  • BG4cricket on September 19, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Think it is a big mistake having White in for D Hussey as he is a more consistent bat and useful bowler but otherwise the side is not too bad

  • on September 19, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    The Hussy brothers are the best thing Australia has going for them in the short format absalutely shocking droping david even NRL refs could tell you this is wrong

  • Chris_P on September 19, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @AnoMaLy. Any day he is better? Even the last 7 games where he hasn't scored anything? Interesting how failure with the bat can be seen as a positive. Maybe if you added "when in form" you might get support.

  • Chris_P on September 19, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @@ Taj Chand Really? You mean winning 4-0 against India & beating the Lankans in their backyard (not done by India since 1996 btw) is a "lot of trouble"? Interesting. We'll revisit your statements shortly.

  • Meety on September 21, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @Green_and_Gold on (September 20 2012, 12:57 PM GMT) - well said, I've said before, sometimes I don't know how a player representing Oz could be bothered with some of the ficle-minded crud that is said. I'm very dissappointed in White's lack of achievement since coming back into the team, I wish him the best! I have NOT been a fan of Bailey (as a T20 player or captain, & must admit I was not a fan of him in the ODI side, but have changed my tune), likewise I wish for him to prove my concerns unfounded!

  • Green_and_Gold on September 20, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    All i have read for the last 3 years is every bloke and their dog rubbish our players. Why is this guy in there, that guy is rubbish and should never be picked - its the same old story - and whats worse is that most of it is coming from our own fans. How about a bit of encouragement for White. He is a devastating batsman when in and maybe he just needs to find that old spark he had. Truth is that neither White or Hussey has done enough to demand auto selection and for some reason known to the selectors they went with White. I love both these batsman and want them both to do well. In this case it was Whites opportunity, Hussey will get his chance in this competition. On a side note - I really hope that Hussey gets a shot in the test team!

  • cyberstudent on September 19, 2012, 7:57 GMT

    maxwell will be a big fail, u will see it.. his off spinners are of no use.

  • MaverickSix on September 19, 2012, 7:02 GMT

    It's really astonising to see David Hussey out of Australia T20 Squad...He is more than useful player at least in T-20 .Cameroon White in not proving much himself in t20 cricket....

  • joseyesu on September 19, 2012, 3:03 GMT

    Hussey in poor form....?. The total team is in disarray....expecting a early exit...

  • Shafi79 on September 19, 2012, 2:16 GMT

    c'mon you guys arent you overrating yourselves? Aussies are ok not outstanding in this form of the game. I would say WI and PAK are the two stadn out teams for me and then i wouls prolly put IND, SA, SL and AUS as strong contenders. Sorry but i dont see ENG being as competitive in these conditions lets see ...

  • BG4cricket on September 19, 2012, 1:31 GMT

    Think it is a big mistake having White in for D Hussey as he is a more consistent bat and useful bowler but otherwise the side is not too bad

  • on September 19, 2012, 0:26 GMT

    The Hussy brothers are the best thing Australia has going for them in the short format absalutely shocking droping david even NRL refs could tell you this is wrong

  • Chris_P on September 19, 2012, 0:21 GMT

    @AnoMaLy. Any day he is better? Even the last 7 games where he hasn't scored anything? Interesting how failure with the bat can be seen as a positive. Maybe if you added "when in form" you might get support.

  • Chris_P on September 19, 2012, 0:19 GMT

    @@ Taj Chand Really? You mean winning 4-0 against India & beating the Lankans in their backyard (not done by India since 1996 btw) is a "lot of trouble"? Interesting. We'll revisit your statements shortly.

  • Marcio on September 18, 2012, 23:54 GMT

    @ Taj Chand "Sorry to say, but Australia is in a whole lot of trouble in all 3 forms of this game." If winning 9 of the last 14 tests (losing 2), and losing just one the last 7 ODI series is "in trouble", we'll take trouble anytime. How are your boys doing in recent test/ODI series, BTW? Please do provide some stats.

  • AnoMaLy on September 18, 2012, 23:00 GMT

    Anyday a better player than Cam White. Aussie selectors have got it wrong.

  • PlaySafeus on September 18, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    What about Baily, Christian and White. They have been responsible for lower order showing no support. And it is not that they have some remarkable bowling performances to save their place in Aussies side. D. Hussy would be one whom any team would fear if Aussies need 90 or 100 in 10 overs with 5 down.

  • azky on September 18, 2012, 17:51 GMT

    i think white should be rested and play david hussey ,,,he is the best t20 player in the world right now ,,,and all that fuss about australia is just rubbish ,,,for me they are the best team in the compitition ans will thrash all ahe teams

  • Stan_Cash on September 18, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    Unbelievable... one of the best players in the short game is overlooked - can only think that Aust is using this tournament to blood more hopefuls and get them used to international standard, albeit the shortest version.

  • Desihungama on September 18, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    That's a mockery dropping David Hussey. He's your ironman. Oh well, great news for rest of the teams I guess. We won't be facing one Hussey after all.

  • bouncedout on September 18, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @jonesy2

    "a stunning number of the worlds best T20 cricketers"

    Don't make me laugh. The ones in the Aus squad are the best they have. Admittedly, they are not very good but to say there are better ones at home is farcical.

    get your excuses in early my son lol

  • dakshpratapcric on September 18, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    i think hussey is a bit aged now and maxwell is very talented, maxwell can be a trump card for aussies, hussey is also in poor form. i think maxwell should be given chances.

  • marlon17 on September 18, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    this s ridiculous decision by cricket Australia... leaving out the best T20 batsman...

  • Gordo85 on September 18, 2012, 13:50 GMT

    I bet you if they don't start wining matches he will be back in the side before you can say Flash Gordon.

  • cricket-india on September 18, 2012, 13:02 GMT

    and why are the selectors keen to find a place for dan christian? what has he done to merit such consideration???

  • SLfan on September 18, 2012, 12:45 GMT

    This is hilarious ! David Hussey out from first XI ?? Was n't there anyone to be left out other than David Hussey ???? Then what's Baily doing there ??? Cameron White is for what ?.....Ha Ha...Aussie selectors are at there best form I guess. LOL

  • ozwriter on September 18, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    bailey should be dropped. he is the weakest link, not d hussey!!

  • on September 18, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    Sorry to say, but Australia is in a whole lot of trouble in all 3 forms of this game. They are no longer a competitor in the big league. They have to try and find the kind of balance that made them a big name in the past. Imagine them worrying so much about Ireland ? Whats next for them ? Probably give up already against Bangladesh ! lol

  • jb633 on September 18, 2012, 12:10 GMT

    That is an awful decison. Hussey can marmalize attacks on his day and I considered him to be one of Australia's most dangerous weapons. He had a poor tour of the UAE, but if selectors are basing their judements on the ability of playing Ajmal there, then England would have no side left. Dave Hussey vs George Bailey, only one winner really. I think Aus may be in for a torrid tour here. Even as an English fan I have admired Aus cricket in the past but their selection policy seems shocking.

  • on September 18, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    David Hussey should be the last man to be dropped please send Arthur home. White and Bailey are passengers in the side white had enough chances.

  • Indian_Fan09 on September 18, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    Bailey should have been dropped for DJ Huss

  • JimDavis on September 18, 2012, 11:43 GMT

    For all those wondering why C White is in the team. Did you not see the bowling agianst England yesterday. We need White's expertise in slip to help Wade catch all those wides.

  • whatawicket on September 18, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    hammond id forgotten about bevan using the selection process of australia he must have stood a chance perhaps he injuried. redwhitearmy i dont think there is you can select as many over 35 as you like they must have them all. and as to dan christian dont get me started on this guy. who once said about cannot bat bowl or field well theres your man. all those skills in one man.

  • on September 18, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    You cannot compare hussy with maxwell come on ... he is too good ... bad luck hussy u have a not so good coach :(

  • Marcio on September 18, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    It is true that DHussey is out of form - but form is temporary, and class permanent. White has no form and (as far as I can see) no class. Certainly no runs! Why is he in the team? Maybe he has been hitting them good in the nets. Can you imagine opposition team meetings? "How do you bowl to this White fellow?" Answer: "Just put it on the batter's half of the pitch." I hope White doesn't read this article and the comments. Whatever is left of his fragile self-esteem will evaporate. ;-) I have no problem with Maxwell being there. He has performed, and that should be rewarded.

  • whatawicket on September 18, 2012, 11:28 GMT

    a disappointment him not making the side i would think. always looks a good player in the 1 day format. he no spring chicken but unlike his older brother who still looks the better from any of the other and it any of the formats.

  • on September 18, 2012, 11:17 GMT

    Insane. D.Huss is a T20 match winner. He was already underused as a bowler and now they drop him. White is failing and Bailey is a specialist captain. D.Huss can bat, bowl and captain, more than can be said for those two.

  • Simoc on September 18, 2012, 10:22 GMT

    We've been waiting ten years for White to come good. Guess another month can only cost or win us a T20 title. We need the explosive hitter to deliver.

  • on September 18, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    I think hussey deserves a 100 percent chance in this world cup.Australia ,ight be missing him in it so he should play.i think bailey should be dropped

  • disco_bob on September 18, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    I remember similar sentiments being voiced about Hilfy and Sid before the Aus/Ind Tests. You can't put this down solely to Arthur. I'm prepared to give the selectors the benefit of the doubt with regards to the selection of White and Bailey. I get the impression that if Australia get through their group but without solid performances then they are ready to slot DHussey back in.

  • Hammond on September 18, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    Australia seem to be in love with veterans at the moment.. Michael Bevan is only 42 why doesn't CA give him a call? Can't do any worse than the numpties already in place..

  • rohanbala on September 18, 2012, 9:53 GMT

    David Hussey can bat, bowl and field, while Cameron White does none of these three and yet finds a place (courtesy one of the Australian selectors)!

  • on September 18, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    I can't understand what white is doing in the side..he is a pathetic cricketer..I am sure his striker ate in the entire tournament wud be less then 100 leave aside striking run a ball..David is a game changer batsman..with bailey and white in the side..it is bye bye for australia

  • disco_bob on September 18, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    When will the humidity myth about swing finally be put to bed. It's been researched by none other than nasa and they have come to the logical conclusion which is humidity does not affect the laminar flow of a cricket ball. Any humidity related effects like the stitching being slightly prouder due to absorption of water is less than negligible. Many time we have seen prodigious swing in sunny dry conditions and conversely zero swing in humid overcast conditions.

  • RednWhiteArmy on September 18, 2012, 9:36 GMT

    Hussey out ey? Is there a rule where your only allowed 5 players over 35? hahaha

  • tarun1.raman on September 18, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Can't believe even Australia could fall prey to awful team selections. They were one side where form didn't mean everything but that doesn't mean Glenn Maxwell swings the long handle for a couple of matches and gets the nod ahead of Dussey. Similarly, Christian has shown no spine whatsoever to commend his inclusion. George Bailey as captain remains the biggest undisclosed joke in T20 cricketing history. The playing XI (acc to class, form, temperament) - Warner, Watson, M Hussey, D Hussey, S Smith, C White, M Wade, Starc, McKay, Cummins, Doherty. Three part-time spinner options, Best pace attack and the most reliable of batting strengths.

  • on September 18, 2012, 9:27 GMT

    Why on earth is Cameron White in the team? He is the joker in the pack with almost no skills worth mentioning and has proved to be a monumental embarrassment to the team management on numerous occasions. So, to get back to the original issue, why is he with the team in Sri Lanka?

  • Caino94 on September 18, 2012, 9:20 GMT

    Not only is Hussey more consistant and a better batsmen both technically and mentally than white he also has his handy off spins that are reasonably economical and can make a breakthrough wicket, cant believe this

  • zenboomerang on September 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Think most have got it right - why White when Huss has 2 strings to his bow?... I'd have no problem with Huss, Maxwell & Hogg playing in the same team - surely adds to variation to bowling options, especially if pitches suit the slower bowlers...

  • on September 18, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    If someone is really need to be squeezed out of the team, it has to be George Bailey. Get bailey out and fill the spot with Steve Smith. He is even unfit for ODI's

  • zenboomerang on September 18, 2012, 8:52 GMT

    @xylo :- "I would say drop Mitchell Johnson"... lol... Surely WA are not going to do that especially as they are currently struggling against NSW atm... Do try & stay up to date with team selections & which State or country they are playing for atm :) ...

  • crazytaurean on September 18, 2012, 8:48 GMT

    It is a mistake. David Hussey has done well in the IPL, in a not so happening side, coming at difficult precarious situations and lifting the side with effective batting over the years. In similar Srilankan conditions, he should be handy with bat and on the field. Honestly i dont read much into his bowling prowess. If Maxwell flops in the earlier half of the tournament, I am sure the younger Hussey is sure to be back.

  • Abhiramb on September 18, 2012, 8:37 GMT

    Some pretty good players are not in the team! Smith was great during IPL - a great fielder and a pinch hitter. Even the old man Brad Hodge may be a better choice than the inconsistent White

  • sampri on September 18, 2012, 8:17 GMT

    dave hussey has to be in the team no matter what,an exploding power hitting batsman like him who can demolish even the best of spin attack , it's a bit stupid on the part of aussies..to go for maxwell in place of an experienced hussey.

  • Ozcricketwriter on September 18, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    In what world is Glenn Maxwell a better option than David Hussey? Hussey is the highest scorer in domestic T20 history, is in form, and his bowling has been awesome at international level, while Glenn Maxwell can't bowl to save himself (yet is expected to) and is good for about 15 runs before getting out. Maxwell had better be amazing, is all I can say.

  • neerajprasher on September 18, 2012, 8:16 GMT

    Kick Bailey out n call Aaron Finch.

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on September 18, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Havent been following the individual scores that closely but when was the last time Cameron White achieved anything? Is it intended that he bowls in this tournament? Surely his time has long gone. I will be delighted if he is a matchwinner v Ireland but David Hussey must be furious to be left out for him. Australia's entire strategy in this tournament is Warner, Watson & M Hussey going crazy and early wickets by Starc & Cummins. If neither of those happens i cant see a Plan B.

  • AB99 on September 18, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    Selectors the world over are the same ... they drop KP, David Hussry, Chris Gayle, etc at their fancies ... and pick Chawla, Bailey, etc for non performance. Unfortunately Australian Cricket is going the WIndies way ... thx to Mr. Ponting

  • Moppa on September 18, 2012, 7:39 GMT

    An amazing level of agreement from fans from all corners of the cricketing globe! Dave should play ahead of any of White, Bailey and Christian. To paraphrase MattyP1979, you'd have to say this was a "bog average" selection decision! For mine, D.Hussey for White, borderline choice between Christian or a third specialist quick.

  • hst84 on September 18, 2012, 7:33 GMT

    Australia is a still a potent force in T20's apart from the ranking that they have currently and as David Hussey is concerned, he will make a comeback in the ongoing World T20 if Australia reach the knockout stages..

  • Baundele on September 18, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Cameron White is a liability, Baily is not international stadard and David Hussey is the one to get dropped! Another mis-management. Btw, I thought Doherty himself is a kid and now he is having his own kid. Congrats to the proud father.

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:28 GMT

    why dont you drop Bailley from the side????????

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on September 18, 2012, 7:22 GMT

    Pretty straight swap ,Huss D in for Bailey with Watto or Dave Huss taking over as captain. No way Bailey merits an Aus T20I cap(nothing against him in odis or even tests,infact done pretty well in the few games he's got so far.) ahead so many more talented middleorder options waiting for a chance in the Aus T20 squad.D Hussey is an automatic choice -too good a player and arguably the most destructive middle-order bat in the limited over format on his day to be any thing other than his name being in the team sheet for each and every game .As far as Bailey,he is a fine fine player and will easily walk into any other team ,struggling teams like England or the Kiwis,for eg.In fact the Poms would surrender anything (yes even the ashes I'd assume to have someone like Bailey to bolster their frail wooden footed middle order 'Bats" about to face a spin barrage on some 'special for the Brits' 'top'sy turvy surfaces awaiting them.Sadly ,nothin 's gonna save the poms this time without KP....

  • jasincric on September 18, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    The hussy brothers are natural cricketers and are born only to play cricket and represent Australia. Micheal hussy is more talented and consistent than David.but David hussy deserves a place in Australian middle order in all the formats.he is more talented than white,bailey and christian.christian and white cannot match David hussy s class.Glenn Maxwell should only replace either white or christian.Australia will feel the importance of David hussy when they are 60 for 4 and need another 90 to 100 runs in another 10 overs.

  • on September 18, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    Well, to be honest, I don't really have a big problem with Dhussey being left out... But NOT at the expense of White. They should turf White out too and go with another specialist bowler. There is simply no point in playing walking wickets when you can restrict the opposition with a strengthened bowling line up instead. Play your best xi players!

  • crow_eater on September 18, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    I have to agree with most of the sentiment here. What the hell has Cameron White done to remain in the side? Certainly has nothing to do with cricket, maybe it's his colourful dressing room banter or maybe an incriminating set of photographs? Why you'd omit D Huss & keep Cam Shite is beyond me.

  • on September 18, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    D Hussey is underbatted and underbowled in T20. He bats at 4 in T20, why is he coming in so low, put under pressure by top order failure or slow scoring. He came in the 9th over in the first Pakistan T20, whne Aussies were 40 odd for 3. He gets out 4th ball trying to up the rate, whereas Bailey was taken 10-15 balls to get in. I just watched the T20 2010 final, where Hussey did a great repair job after the 8-3 start. David has to play!

  • on September 18, 2012, 6:37 GMT

    Complete wrong attempt to drop David Hussey and one of the worst performer is Cameron white and not at all perfoming and I too feel Shane watson and Warner shd be captain and Vice Captain and there is also better option to pick Mitchell Marsh in the team as perfect allrounder n nice finisher too n next Jacque Kallis

  • VillageBlacksmith on September 18, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    the classics keep coming from mickey mouse arthur... he's just great... for the opposition!! no doubt mcdermott will be desperate to get one over on mickey... and probably will.

  • jonesy2 on September 18, 2012, 6:35 GMT

    even though this is far from australia's strongest side with a stunning number of the worlds best t20 cricketers at home playing for their state side (marsh bros, bollinger, birt, smith etc and floating around the world i am still backing them to play india or SA in the final, who knows what can happen in this format though.

  • VivtheGreatest on September 18, 2012, 6:34 GMT

    Amazing that George Bailey plays and David Hussey is dropped. I never thought the Aussies would make such nonsensical selectorial decisions !

  • on September 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    Very over rated, Domestic Dave is always dominant when he isn't wearing Aussie colours, one of those players that knows how to play except when international pressure isn't applied! A bit like Dave Warner..... Still waiting to see when he is going to fully explode, if ever. Still fails miserably in internationals

  • Buckers410 on September 18, 2012, 6:31 GMT

    @Naren, I completely agree with you. Bailey has done nothing in T20's (or ODI for that matter) and White needs to find somthing in the game against Ireland or he should be out to. Watto should be the t20 skipper as he is vice in tests and odi. But looking for great comp form Watto, Warner, bowlers and Christian

  • wix99 on September 18, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    I can understand why the selectors have chosen Glenn Maxwell, but surely Cameron White can't command a place in the side ahead of David Hussey.

  • Winsome on September 18, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    Christian is about as useful as s two bob watch. Can't finish a match to save his life, how he and Bailey are taking up spots in the T20 team is anybody's guess. Bailey should be considered for test cricket before T20.

  • on September 18, 2012, 6:22 GMT

    david hussy should play instead of white or christian....i dont know y they r thinking dat much....david can bowl 2overs atleast...n his recent form is osm....soo i feel hussy should play.....

  • Potatis on September 18, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    He can replace Bailey. Dave Hussey will come good, given the chance.

  • on September 18, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    @Paul Dawson: Apparently White was good in the last IPL. I agree with you, though. The last time White did something good in Australian colours was long ago.

  • Humdingers on September 18, 2012, 5:12 GMT

    Well done. Another reason why Australia can't win the title.

  • othello22 on September 18, 2012, 5:03 GMT

    Dear oh dear. Surely David Hussey has a better case for selection than Cameron White? Not to mention George Bailey, who apparently has been selected as a specialist captain. If CA are scratching their heads wondering why we're currently ranked ninth in the world, they could do worse than have a read of this article. I thought the Argus review was supposed to have put an end to such stupidity?

  • Marcio on September 18, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Yes, can't see why White is in there. When was the last time he did anything. @Matty 1979, have you ever posted on this site without spewing hate at Australia? Even on articles which have nothing to do with Australia you do it. It can't be good for your health.

  • ausfor4 on September 18, 2012, 5:01 GMT

    I simply cannot believe this decision. Drop White and Bailey and put Watson as captain and Dave Warner as Vice captain. As for Arthur "looking forward to the game being over", that's a dangerous way to plan and think. Good luck aussies!!!!

  • johntycodes on September 18, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    Cameron white has picked up where he left off in his 4 innings since getting back into the side. He has made only 20 runs in 4 innings and still looks to block when he comes in. Australia should be investigated for match fixing if they are picking white in the team.

  • rohan024 on September 18, 2012, 4:42 GMT

    i have a strong feeling that Australia will win this cup...

  • on September 18, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    Well ... a kind of a gambit ... the result is awaited ...

  • PFEL on September 18, 2012, 4:37 GMT

    I'm a big fan of White but . . . How does George Bailey deserve a spot ahead of Dave Hussey? Let alone Dan Christian?? How on earth can you drop D. Hussey for Dan Christian? Hussey is a far better bat and bowl than Christian

  • krishkrish on September 18, 2012, 4:36 GMT

    Hussey brothers and Watto are good players of slow bowling, dropping Dave ahead of Danny is a horrible one... I think Arthur trying to use him as secret weapon. Mike At 3 and Watto at 4 will strengthen aussie middle order. Matt should open with Warner ,which provides good balance to the side. Dave Huss at 5 and White at 6 with Bailey at 7 will complete good batting order. Starc's pace , Mckay's variations and Hilly's swing and Ipl experience will be good pace battery. Undoubtedly Hogg is the best spinner available in the present squad.

  • Tepatapie on September 18, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    how much Arthur was paid to save ass of White ???

  • on September 18, 2012, 4:26 GMT

    Guess, this series will define the fate of how Australia is seen in the world - its dominance in every form of the sport is in doubt. Dropping David Hussey to me is a mistake! From the ICC T20 9th rank, I hope they do not slip to below Zimbabwe!

  • slogtocowcorner on September 18, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Very silly mistake from Arthur and Clarke. How can you drop Hussey and still have White and Bailey in the side? It's great that they want to get Maxwell in the side but....

  • on September 18, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    lol.. i would play D Hussey ahead of any other Aussie T20 batsman except M Hussey and Watto.

  • v_singh on September 18, 2012, 4:16 GMT

    In the last IPL, when David Hussey stood in for Punjab (injured Gilly), he was great.. probably the lone shining star in their campaign leading a non-star team and 'almost' booking a place in the knockouts.. White had (initially) a tough time but came back strong later.. David Hussey is a good spin bowler in sub-continent conditions, knows the region (has played a lot on sub-continent pitches) pretty well and bats decently too !! Not sure why he was dropped.. given the team is being captained by Mr. Bailey who still has to prove a lot in terms of a player compared to Hussey.

  • Meety on September 18, 2012, 4:08 GMT

    Man White must be under a bit of pressure to justify Arthur's faith. @landl47 - I would say Christian is more under pressure from Oz playing 4 specialist bowlers, meaning Cummins in Christian out.

  • Pappu_bhai on September 18, 2012, 4:04 GMT

    Whoever You change Mate.This is the cup for India. So Plz do whatever You want.We are not bothered about this as Pappu Bhai is with India

  • Bryce27687 on September 18, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    Leave Dave Hussey out at your peril Australia. It seems very straight forward to me to leave Christian in place of Dave Hussey. Christian is still very unproven and it would be an unnecessary risk playing him ahead of D.Hussey.

  • VivGilchrist on September 18, 2012, 4:00 GMT

    I agree with others. It's not Hussey v Maxwell or v Christian, it's Hussey v White and White has done nothing to warrant selection. Arthur confuses me, SA never reached there potential under him. Give the job to Lehmann I say.

  • simonyue on September 18, 2012, 3:59 GMT

    Arthur is an idiot. Cannot believe Australia would drop D Hussey based on a couple of bad scores in T20, of all formats! And yet remain with White based on a few good hits in the IPL and Bailey who takes 10 overs before he gets his eye in. D Hussey should almost be the first person picked for Australia's T20 team behind his brother and Shane Watson.

  • Wozza-CY on September 18, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    Dumb decision Mickey. I agree with other posts saying that he has performed better than White & is better suited than Christian. Both these players have done little to win their place. If you want more Mickey, then give the man an opportunity! You either bat him at 7 behind some walking wickets or you open with him. And what?...he didn't get two wickets in the one over you gave him? He must be out of form! His numbers don't lie & he has been one of our best players in this & the ODI format for some time. Dumb Mickey.

  • ajayrcs on September 18, 2012, 3:55 GMT

    WOW! its amazing First Hauritz, Katich, Haddin then Ponting and now David Hussey who's next? Australia is in great danger of becoming next WI. Instead dropping anyone else drop Arthur for sake Aus cricket and bring back all the lost players.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:52 GMT

    Aussies will surely loose without HUSSEY.....

  • FahadNazir on September 18, 2012, 3:51 GMT

    In past few years I have seen CriAus making strange selections. They never used White in his prime , he was a good hitter and a handy leg spinner who can spin miles but his time is gone now. I would always play D.Hussey, he hits clean and have proper cricketing shot plus he is a tactical bowler. I can't blame David for not scoring runs against Pak, It was very hot in UAE and ajmal bowled exceptionally well.

  • xylo on September 18, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    Wow... Cameron White gets in, but David Hussey does not. George Bailey gets in, but David Hussey does not. Dan Christian gets in, but David Hussey does not? If so, I would say drop Mitchell Johnson and get David Hussey. Hussey is bound to give away fewer runs if not the same amount as Johnson, but can make it up two and a half times more with the bat.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:30 GMT

    Ridiculous that Dave Hussey is left out, his is the best T20 player Australia has perhaps bar his brother. Going on form Cameron White must be dropped, since this has not happened I would say this must have more to do with internal team politics than actual form. Looks like D. Hussey is the new Brad Hodge.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Unbelievable stuff, that is why SA have never won any world tournaments under Arthur

  • Patchmaster on September 18, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Aus are short of a decent spinner, and their new all rounder Maxwell just looks like a country player. Not much depth there if you ask me. Non of those all rounders or spinners would get in the England or S Africa side.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Does this mean Dave Hussey is out of the Aussie T20 team ?

  • landl47 on September 18, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Apart from being 6 years younger, I'm not sure why Christian is being preferred to Hussey. Hussey's record is much the better of the two. If this were not the subcontinent, maybe there would be a case for having Christian in the side, but in these conditions I'd take Hussey any time. Aus's problem is batting and Hussey is undoubtedly the better bat in every format including this one.

  • MattyP1979 on September 18, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Bog average player being replaced by a younger bog average player probably a good move. Aus need to look to their bog average future after all. "7 doesn't go into 6", a good comment but with only 2 decent players (one is 38) 2 certainly try and make up for 9.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    The issue isn't Maxwell v D Hussey, for me, I cannot comprehend why David Hussey is not playing ahead of the abysmal and terrible Cameron White, who has done absolutely nothing to demand selection in any format for Australia in over 2 years.

  • CricViews on September 18, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Drop Bailey, Pick Hussey.

  • on September 18, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    get a genuine spinner like ajmal,swan or some one like afridi can't have part timers performing all the time

  • zeus_kris on September 18, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Surprised Australia has benched David Hussey instead of Cameron White. If anything both has scored similar runs in the pas few T20 games. David offers bowling option and also can come to form quickly as he showed in recent one day games. I would play David Hussey instead of White.

  • Naren on September 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    What a dumb assessment? So he is saying Camaroon White has done better than David Hussey? and how about Bailey? If Australia has to win they have to drop White and Bailey.

  • on September 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    No place for D Hus!!!!!!! He should be captain!

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  • on September 18, 2012, 1:52 GMT

    No place for D Hus!!!!!!! He should be captain!

  • Naren on September 18, 2012, 2:00 GMT

    What a dumb assessment? So he is saying Camaroon White has done better than David Hussey? and how about Bailey? If Australia has to win they have to drop White and Bailey.

  • zeus_kris on September 18, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Surprised Australia has benched David Hussey instead of Cameron White. If anything both has scored similar runs in the pas few T20 games. David offers bowling option and also can come to form quickly as he showed in recent one day games. I would play David Hussey instead of White.

  • on September 18, 2012, 2:35 GMT

    get a genuine spinner like ajmal,swan or some one like afridi can't have part timers performing all the time

  • CricViews on September 18, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    Drop Bailey, Pick Hussey.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:00 GMT

    The issue isn't Maxwell v D Hussey, for me, I cannot comprehend why David Hussey is not playing ahead of the abysmal and terrible Cameron White, who has done absolutely nothing to demand selection in any format for Australia in over 2 years.

  • MattyP1979 on September 18, 2012, 3:04 GMT

    Bog average player being replaced by a younger bog average player probably a good move. Aus need to look to their bog average future after all. "7 doesn't go into 6", a good comment but with only 2 decent players (one is 38) 2 certainly try and make up for 9.

  • landl47 on September 18, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Apart from being 6 years younger, I'm not sure why Christian is being preferred to Hussey. Hussey's record is much the better of the two. If this were not the subcontinent, maybe there would be a case for having Christian in the side, but in these conditions I'd take Hussey any time. Aus's problem is batting and Hussey is undoubtedly the better bat in every format including this one.

  • on September 18, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Does this mean Dave Hussey is out of the Aussie T20 team ?

  • Patchmaster on September 18, 2012, 3:27 GMT

    Aus are short of a decent spinner, and their new all rounder Maxwell just looks like a country player. Not much depth there if you ask me. Non of those all rounders or spinners would get in the England or S Africa side.