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Hussey ready for his 'dream come true'

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March 7, 2011

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Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey wait for their stint in the nets, Perth, December 14, 2010
Ricky Ponting will soon have the services of Michael Hussey © Getty Images

Michael Hussey has said that his fortuitous call-up to the World Cup squad was a "dream come true" and is confident that his hamstring will withstand the rigours of one-day cricket as Australia pursue their fourth consecutive title. Dirk Nannes, on the other hand, who is travelling to the subcontinent as a standby player, is unsure of his role but wants to make the most of his opportunity.

"Just going is a bit of a dream come true, but to actually be there as part of a winning Australian team would be out of this world, so let's hope," Hussey told reporters in Perth. "I've had lots of messages from the boys already so I'm just excited to get over there really."

Hussey was informed of his selection during the tea break of the Sheffield Shield match between Western Australia and Queensland at the WACA on Sunday. He had been part of the initial World Cup squad, but was replaced by Callum Ferguson before the tournament began after sustaining a hamstring injury that needed surgery. Hussey's opportunity arose when Doug Bollinger was injured in India.

Hussey scored only 19 and 11 against Queensland but he said the time spent on the field had given him confidence. "The first innings I fielded in the slips for the whole innings so I didn't really have to test it [hamstring] too much but in the second innings the selectors actually did want me to have a bit of a run around in the field," Hussey said. "So I spoke to Northy [Marcus North] and said 'do you mind if I have a run in the outfield? And the more I was out and on it the better it felt and the more confidence I got with it.

"It would have been nice to score more runs, but just to be out there playing the game you love again is what it's all about. Just knowing I can get through the game and know I can go full of confidence with the leg, that gives me a lot of confidence as well."

Australia have made a strong start to the World Cup, winning their first two matches before their game against Sri Lanka was washed out in Colombo. "We've got to be a great chance," Hussey said. "A confident Australian team is always very hard to beat so hopefully we can keep building that confidence and be right there at the business end of the tournament."

While Hussey is likely to slot in the middle order straightaway, Nannes will not be available for selection unless another player in Australia's squad gets injured. Nannes said he was surprised to get the call from the selectors. "It's certainly unexpected, I was just having fun on the farm on the weekend and got the phone call," Nannes said in Melbourne. "I'm rapt to be going over, I'm not really sure what sort of role I'm going to play.

"Relying on any injuries is not the best situation to be in, I guess, but at least I've been given some sort of opportunity. I'm excited about what may be, I will prepare myself to carry bags well and make good drinks, that's about all I can do.

"I was a bit miffed earlier in the year when I wasn't in the Twenty20 squad and I was a bit miffed, I guess, not being in the original [World Cup] 30," he said. "I guess that's the lot of a cricketer, you have selection problems and then the highs that come with it, that's just part of being a sportsman. I've never been part of the one-day setup and the way that operates, I've never been under Ricky Ponting, so it will be massively beneficial to my cricket."


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Posted by Justin on (March 9, 2011, 17:02 GMT)

Wow - i remember reading comments a while back where everyone was calling for Hussey to go. Its great to have all this support for him now!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 9, 2011, 8:14 GMT)

whoah hez back hussey back awesome man

Posted by Jay on (March 8, 2011, 15:12 GMT)

Well welcome back Mr. Hussey. I hate to say this but you will end up being added to the 'injured' list once more given it's only gonna get hotter and hotter in the sub continent in the next month. Personally I cannot see Hussey doing anything different to spice up a fragile middle order. He's just come out of surgery and I cannot see him springing back to form in a pressure situation. Keep dreaming Aussies.

Posted by Rattan on (March 8, 2011, 12:07 GMT)

But why the Australian team was allowed to bring pure batsman in place of a pure bowler? On second thoughts, Australia adds on to the batting strength keeping in view the nature of the pitches! ICC should allow only an alternative replacement and not a player of different ability.


Posted by flying on (March 8, 2011, 10:10 GMT)

dontcompare warner wit hussey..................hussey is a matchwinner

Posted by Jayden on (March 8, 2011, 7:09 GMT)

at least aus has some chance of keeping world no. 1 spot

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 5:06 GMT)

Aussie best team Watson, Paine, Ponting, Clarke, White, M.Hussey, Smith, Johnson, Krejza,Lee,Tait

haddin is pleh, i heard someone mention Warner, what a joke what has he done since that first game ZIP!!!! another NSW player that gets 5000000 chances and rarely fires, anyone who ahs actually watched Smith bowl would realise that teams are cautious of him think about it, do they now much about him other than talented, blonde, leg spinner, who else springs to mind........yes smith will be no warne but that doesnt mean teams wont envision warnie again, and smith is flighting and turning the ball great, and is bowling great with Krejza who might blossom again so we never have to talk about michael beer again, and give ferguson a chance against canada or kenya, cos we all know dave hussey wont do nothing like usual, another Vic with a free pass i wonder if the selectors will straight swap for mike, thow in the upgrade

Posted by Andrew on (March 8, 2011, 4:09 GMT)

@kp007 - ironic considering the same could be said of KP!!!! @ Something_Witty - you're right re: Huss in Tests, but I think his ODI form has been quite good, last calender year Huss scored 825 runs with ave of 45 & s/r 90+. The year before was similar 1,166 @ 48 & 90. In India he's scored 462 runs @ 77 & 84 S/R. I think his time is almost up in Tests, but as an ODI/T20 he still has something to offer. He also is good in India, with his recent IPL experience he shores up our middle order. The question is WHO does he replace. I'm willing to PUNTER on dropping Krezja! It improves our fielding & batting & we can use Smith, D Hussey, White & Pup to add variety!

Posted by Dummy4 on (March 8, 2011, 1:39 GMT)

Pity he had to sit next to Ponting for that photo - no doubt Punter sucked some of the runs out of him through osmosis.

Posted by Giles on (March 8, 2011, 1:27 GMT)

How Hussey was excluded before this is still a staggering piece over oversight by the selectors. If you were an opposition bowler, you'd MUCH rather bowl to White than Hussey.

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