Australia in India 2010 October 7, 2010

Hussey wanted to leave CLT20 early

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Michael Hussey, an important part of Australia's middle order, has said that he was forced to play in the Champions League Twenty20 right till the end of the tournament, which affected his preparations for the Mohali Test. The Test turned out to be an all-time great match, but Hussey scored only 17 and 28 in a one-wicket Australian defeat.

"Yeah, well I spoke a lot to Cricket Australia about it, but the decision was that their players were going to be available for the Twenty20 campaign so there was nothing I could really do about it," Hussey told AAP.

Hussey and Doug Bollinger, both part of the Chennai Super Kings' victorious campaign in South Africa, joined the squad two days before the Test started in Mohali. Bollinger had to pull out on the last day of the match with an abdominal strain, when he was on fire and Australia needed two wickets to wrap the match up with runs to spare.

Hussey said he would have dropped out of Champions League early if he had the choice. "I just had to grin and bear it really, get here as quick as I possibly could after the final and just prepare as well as I can. I put my case forward, but they'd made their decision and I just had to go along with it really. I'm contracted to Cricket Australia so it's their call.

"I made my mind up that, well, I've just got to get on with it otherwise I'm going to ruin my time with Chennai [Super Kings] and not enjoy the rest of my time in the Champions League, and I'm going to ruin my time with Australia once I get here if I let it affect me.

"So I basically got over it as quick as I could and tried to concentrate on playing as well as I could for Chennai and then try to prepare and play well for Australia."

Hussey wants to express his concerns to CA. "Scheduling is something, from an ACA [Australian Cricketers' Association] perspective, we've been talking about a lot to Cricket Australia, and it's getting harder and harder with more and more cricket being played at all the time," he said. "But certainly when the time is right I will sit down with James Sutherland and Michael Brown and go through how I felt and maybe things we could do better next time."

The clashes with the T20 leagues have been a constant irritant for the Australian team management. Last year, Brett Lee suffered after the Champions League, and in turn Australia suffered in the seven-ODI series in India. Ricky Ponting and Tim Nielsen, like Hussey, have said that there isn't much they can do about it, and have to make do often.

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  • POSTED BY WINcent on | October 13, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    If the auusies r not interested in playing franchise ckt..then pls dont give your names for the auction...if they a contract with an ipl franchise then thay have to oblige to the contract rules....I never expected this from Mr.cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Both Vijay and Raina who did well in CLT20 came back and played gem of an innings in test cricekt as well. They do play lot of cricket now a days. If you don't enjoy playing it then only reasons are required. Hussey should better love cricket more to retain his Mr. Cricket title.

  • POSTED BY S_p_h_i_n_X on | October 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    ^ says a cry baby from the home of cry babies..

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | October 11, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    A better solution is do not play in IPL. Ponting got his priorities right and withdrew. Hussey should do the same too. it will be a pity not to see him in action in IPL but I do agree its much much more important for him to perform in tests for his country.

    It does not make sense to take so much money and pull out citing preparation for tests as a reason. Everyone had to prepare. Sachin, Zaheer, Bhajji, Katich, all the players involved in CL T20, I don't hear anyone else complaining. If he's siting CL T20 for his failures that's a lame attempt.

    On a whole, I do agree on the burning out bit, but then its your call too and you can't just leave it on CA to decide your future.

  • POSTED BY Yeoberry on | October 8, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Come on, this is Mike Hussey we're talking about. Not only Mr Cricket, but Mr Honesty! He never seeks the limelight, like some others, never speaks out of turn and is one of the best team players Australia have ever seen. His reputation speaks for itself. He is not lying, why don't you ask Cricket Australia if you don't believe that he had to stay in South Africa, it was their orders and he had absolutely no say, they made him stay there. I'm so pleased with Mike for finally speaking out and for people to know the truth about why he arrived in India at the last minute.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    hey come on.he has played his part in clt20 team,and it has to end there.leave him as he is searching for excuses for not playing well here in the test match

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Good on Mike Hussey for wanting to give priority to Test Cricket (and wasn't the finish to the Mohali Test far greater and more memorable than any 20/20 contest) but he's a grown man and needs to put his money where his mouth is. Its not compulsory to play in the IPL but if you sign a contract and get paid to play in it then you've got to fulfil the commitment and do your best, not go crying to the Cricket Authorities about scheduling etc. Golfers, tennis players etc already realise this - you can't play every week of the year otherwise your career will only last a year. If the commitment required is too much then don't sign the contract - its a problem all of his own making.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    well shockd to hear it from MR CRICKET..i thought once he decided to play for ?chennai he wld play with his heart,,,but it seems he was interested to take his prize money only..evn if chennai lost he wld never be disappntd...EVN SAME APPEARD FOR CAMERON WHITE..SUCH A DESTRUCTVE PLAYER NEVR PLAYD WELL FOR banglore..his heart was with victoria....MY SINCERE REQUEST NEXT TIME NEVER COME FOR IPL AUCTION OTHERWISE U MIGHTAGAIN FACE THE SAME SITUATION NEXT YEAR.....

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | October 8, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @iammrcricket yes you are absolutely correct.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Well watch out Mr. Hussy, Chennai may not retain you for IPL4 with these comments. I guess MSD and Raina also came late and didnt complain...

  • POSTED BY WINcent on | October 13, 2010, 14:01 GMT

    If the auusies r not interested in playing franchise ckt..then pls dont give your names for the auction...if they a contract with an ipl franchise then thay have to oblige to the contract rules....I never expected this from Mr.cricket!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 13, 2010, 10:17 GMT

    Both Vijay and Raina who did well in CLT20 came back and played gem of an innings in test cricekt as well. They do play lot of cricket now a days. If you don't enjoy playing it then only reasons are required. Hussey should better love cricket more to retain his Mr. Cricket title.

  • POSTED BY S_p_h_i_n_X on | October 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    ^ says a cry baby from the home of cry babies..

  • POSTED BY Dhoni_fan_from_a_dada_era on | October 11, 2010, 13:41 GMT

    A better solution is do not play in IPL. Ponting got his priorities right and withdrew. Hussey should do the same too. it will be a pity not to see him in action in IPL but I do agree its much much more important for him to perform in tests for his country.

    It does not make sense to take so much money and pull out citing preparation for tests as a reason. Everyone had to prepare. Sachin, Zaheer, Bhajji, Katich, all the players involved in CL T20, I don't hear anyone else complaining. If he's siting CL T20 for his failures that's a lame attempt.

    On a whole, I do agree on the burning out bit, but then its your call too and you can't just leave it on CA to decide your future.

  • POSTED BY Yeoberry on | October 8, 2010, 22:45 GMT

    Come on, this is Mike Hussey we're talking about. Not only Mr Cricket, but Mr Honesty! He never seeks the limelight, like some others, never speaks out of turn and is one of the best team players Australia have ever seen. His reputation speaks for itself. He is not lying, why don't you ask Cricket Australia if you don't believe that he had to stay in South Africa, it was their orders and he had absolutely no say, they made him stay there. I'm so pleased with Mike for finally speaking out and for people to know the truth about why he arrived in India at the last minute.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    hey come on.he has played his part in clt20 team,and it has to end there.leave him as he is searching for excuses for not playing well here in the test match

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 12:04 GMT

    Good on Mike Hussey for wanting to give priority to Test Cricket (and wasn't the finish to the Mohali Test far greater and more memorable than any 20/20 contest) but he's a grown man and needs to put his money where his mouth is. Its not compulsory to play in the IPL but if you sign a contract and get paid to play in it then you've got to fulfil the commitment and do your best, not go crying to the Cricket Authorities about scheduling etc. Golfers, tennis players etc already realise this - you can't play every week of the year otherwise your career will only last a year. If the commitment required is too much then don't sign the contract - its a problem all of his own making.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 9:22 GMT

    well shockd to hear it from MR CRICKET..i thought once he decided to play for ?chennai he wld play with his heart,,,but it seems he was interested to take his prize money only..evn if chennai lost he wld never be disappntd...EVN SAME APPEARD FOR CAMERON WHITE..SUCH A DESTRUCTVE PLAYER NEVR PLAYD WELL FOR banglore..his heart was with victoria....MY SINCERE REQUEST NEXT TIME NEVER COME FOR IPL AUCTION OTHERWISE U MIGHTAGAIN FACE THE SAME SITUATION NEXT YEAR.....

  • POSTED BY anur8g on | October 8, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @iammrcricket yes you are absolutely correct.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 8:05 GMT

    Well watch out Mr. Hussy, Chennai may not retain you for IPL4 with these comments. I guess MSD and Raina also came late and didnt complain...

  • POSTED BY tikna on | October 8, 2010, 7:35 GMT

    Irrespective how he or anyone else perfomed or perform in the test ahead the point of the matter here is that the boards are not leaving a choice with the players if they want to play or not. And I believe same would have been the case with the Indian players.

    Ofcourse the franchise have payed a huge amount to get the services of these players and thus they would not relent but somewhere a line has to be drawn by the boards themselves.

  • POSTED BY KingofRedLions on | October 8, 2010, 7:27 GMT

    People seem to be forgetting how important preparation is to Hussey's routine.

  • POSTED BY Mitcher on | October 8, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    Hey Indian fans, I heard a rumour there's an article about Ponting floating about. Wouldn't your time be better spent posting your typically bitter moaning comments over there.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 6:43 GMT

    I am a great admirer of both Indian & Australian Test teams but the Indians have to acknowledge that their cricketers are suffering serious burnout issues. It's apparent in their performances. Although they won this test thanks to Laxman's heroics but it should not have gone that close. For the Indian team's sake you guys have to reduce the matches in your leagues otherwise once Tendulkar, Laxman & Sehwag depart the Indian team will remain tired looking always! Look what happened with a talent like Ishant. He doesn't even look as if he is enjoying his Cricket anymore. Save your cricketers!

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 6:40 GMT

    The reason Indian players don't complain much about scheduling is money and the give and take relationship they have with the BCCI.BCCI supports them in a WADA tussle,non implementation of UDRS and provides them with a money making exercise like IPL.So naturally they will oblige with their services even risking their body being burned to the ground.Dhoni can only lament about the fact that they will be playing a Test series in South Africa just 7 days after the end of NZ series in India.Sending players just few days before a tournament/series is the newest fad in Indian Cricket.With preparation like this we should expect a thumping in the first test if not in the series as India has always struggled in the SA tours.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 5:42 GMT

    Well watch out Mr. Hussy, Chennai may not retain you for IPL4 with these comments. I guess MSD and Raina also came late and didnt complain.

  • POSTED BY Aussasinator on | October 8, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    He has played the CL T20) for the money and nothing else. This hypocrisy has to end. There are no takers anyway.

  • POSTED BY savecricket on | October 8, 2010, 4:02 GMT

    I am a very big fan of Australian cricket team but their are couple of things i do not like about them. Everything is fine if they win, once they start loosing,they sledge, they cry and complain like anything like, grounds are not good, facilities are not good, people in india are not good, oposition players are not good.. etc....list never ends. One more recent example is the commonwealth games where, two Australian athletes were stripped of their Medals for showing fingure to the Judges. I would like to say only one thing to Hussy-Stop crying and just play cricket. If you are not capable of playing and making runs, then give chance to some YOUNG players, there are lots of good players waiting for their chance to play for Australia. North and Hussey would have been thrown out of the team way before..

  • POSTED BY TimmyF_23 on | October 8, 2010, 4:01 GMT

    HE HAD TO WHAT?? ........... grin and, bear playing T20 cricket, for MILLIONS OF DOLLARS. Yeah right, good one Mike.

  • POSTED BY cricket_fan_1 on | October 8, 2010, 3:53 GMT

    It is difficult to adapt to completely new conditions in a short time but it should not be used as an excuse to look good to your team mates. Get out of IPL, if you don't want to play there like Punter.

  • POSTED BY soorajiyer on | October 8, 2010, 3:31 GMT

    SRT, Raina, MSD, Rahul all played both this test match and the CL.. 3 out of the 4 here, had a very good test match.

    Attributing Dougies injury to CLT20 is like saying I have stomach problem now because last year I had my lunch in Sri Lanka.. Dougie had already bowled 24 overs and taken a total of 5 wickets before getting injured.. By the way did Hus get injured????

    This is new age of cricket and you got to accept this and move on. If you cant, there are lots of others waiting in the wings and they would just replace you. You are not a glen mcgrath or a shane warne or an adam gilchrist to be irreplaceable!

    @rko_rules - you have given a pathetic excuse for not liking dhoni.. Money hungry?? Oh so you work for free for your company is it?? Remember he has won us Wt20, series wins in lanka, test wins in lanka/Australia,Asia cup, ODI series in OZ and so on... So calling him guy with luck always doesnt help!

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 2:56 GMT

    Hussey does not make sense. Bollinger bowled well in the 4th innings until he had to retire. It cannot be attributed to CLT20 where a bowler just bowls 24 balls at a reduced pace and is on the field for for 20 overs. Ishant and Laxman, despite injuries, played well in a crisis situation.

    Raina also played with Hussey in that final; Dravid played just one match less. Both scored decently in the first innings of this Test.

    Ravi Shastri says (see Surfer) it was generous of Ponting to let Laxman have a runner. May be. Cd this 'softening' of the aussies costed them this match? Can it be extended to their previous wins and conclude that unless they indulge in mental harassment (sledging?) they cannot win?

    Hussey is one my fav aussies. His patience and indefatigable spirit I admire. But his trotting up such an excuse is not doing any good to the esteem I have for him :(

  • POSTED BY iammrcricket on | October 8, 2010, 2:50 GMT

    Champions League and IPL are RUINING Cricket ICC has to bring a end too these two tournaments. Not only are they t20 but they are also effecting player performances for their nations BY FORCING Them to play for their IPL or CL team! No wonder India won poor Aussies werent rested.

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 2:19 GMT

    Will this qualify as whining after losing? LOL!

  • POSTED BY GauravAndCricket on | October 8, 2010, 2:17 GMT

    Mr Hussey is forgetting that there were more Indian Test players in CLT than the Aussies. Chennai reached finals and Bangalore were in Semis. Of these, Raina and Dravid played quite well. And if we include Mumbai then Sachin, Zaheer and Bhajji played their part in the test !! And India won !! If he is truly of international class, then he should be able to cope up with the changes in format !! If not, then he always has an option to not to join any of the leagues !!! Its like getting all the money and then make playing an excuse!! As for playes playing in leagues for money, what wrong in it?? We all work and shift jobs to make maximum money ..so players have equal rights !! these guys are still giving their 100% for their country !! How many of us would refuse a well payed job to serve the country?

  • POSTED BY CricFan78 on | October 8, 2010, 2:13 GMT

    Wasnt Raina on same plane as Hussey from SA to India? He can score runs after 2 days in field. Why doesnt Hussey stop making excuses and agree that he is not good anymore for Test cricket and AUSSIES CHOKED

  • POSTED BY on | October 8, 2010, 1:02 GMT

    what a foolish excuse by hussey...everyone know about his form in test cricket for last two years or so. and how about m clark who scored 14 and 4 in two innings of he same test. Is he got any excuse too ????

  • POSTED BY ruchinn on | October 8, 2010, 0:44 GMT

    Aussies, whine a little more, as that is what you are good at. Remember Dhoni & Raina were in the teams that played till the very last in the CLT20. Hussey should be looking at delivering rather than looking for more excuses to hide behind. Next excuse probably would be ASHES. I am thrilled to look at this Aussie side. They must be practising whining in the nets rather their cricket. Get your act together guys & learn from Waugh, Gilly & Hayden, they were truly great.

  • POSTED BY jollyjugg on | October 8, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    pretty hilarious stuff. In CLT finals Hussey was finding it difficult to score at more than run a ball and took almost 50 balls for his 50 odd runs in a 20/20 match. What better preparation does he need for a test match (pun definitely intended). If not for Dhoni's explosive hitting in the penultimate over, the match would have got tighter. At the end of the match he gave a pathetic excuse that the coach directed him to stay in the middle till the end. Given that there were atleast 4 other batsmen to come score 120 odd runs if he got out, it is pretty hilarious and hard to believe his excuse for not accelerate his scoring. The "passing the buck" attitude probably explains why Hussey has gone nowhere after setting the world on fire during his debut 5 years ago. His average is still close to 50 which might lead every one to believe he is a great player. But considering it was close to 80 short time ago it has been only one way "down" for Hussey last few years. Get over it Buddy.

  • POSTED BY zenith.ground on | October 8, 2010, 0:16 GMT

    Ha Ha..this is a big joke...Then why did he accept the offer from CSK. People accolade Australians to be professionals. This is certainly not the way professionals behave. Mr.Hussey try not be a part of IPL4 and prepare for tests....

  • POSTED BY on_the_level on | October 8, 2010, 0:10 GMT

    I look forward to seeing Hussey withdraw from the next season of the IPL, so he can concentrate only on Aussie cricket. Otherwise, he should just shut up.

  • POSTED BY Runster1 on | October 7, 2010, 23:39 GMT

    pretty embarrassing really......how can hussey blame champion league when he was prepared to be bought by CSK!?? He wasnt the only one. And people who think ponting, and clarke are WISE to not play IPL, THEY DONT PLAY COS THEY ARE VERY POOR T20 PLAYERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • POSTED BY redneck on | October 7, 2010, 22:46 GMT

    i dont accept hussey had no other option but to play twenty20. if he wanted to he and bollinger could have got on the same plane peter george did and joined up with the side before the warm up match! if cricket australia did force him to play in south africa against his will??? which sounds crazy given australia was about to start a test tour??? then why not go to the media? the aussie media and the public once found out would tear shreds of cricket australia for underselling the importance of the australian test team. i think it was more likely cricket australia allowed hussey and bollinger to play their against rickys wishes as CA are minor partners in the venture and they both liked the money on offer! hussey and bollinger are the perfect examples of what happens when greedy players try to squeeze too much freelance crap in between test series! i hope both board and the players take note of this so it doesnt happen again.

  • POSTED BY msvknight on | October 7, 2010, 21:46 GMT

    Please note that Shane George was released to the Australian team despite his team still being in the competition. Given that it is a BCCI creation that is supposed to prove how truly superior the IPL is to everybody else it is interesting that the IPL teams are allowed to buy players off their home teams and that any players IPL teams are using have to stay until the competition is over.

  • POSTED BY ygkd on | October 7, 2010, 21:21 GMT

    The way he's been paying in Tests in recent years one wonders why he didn't stay there. Seriously, though it is not good preparation for someone so out of Test form. Picking those in form would have circumvented this problem.

  • POSTED BY krishhani on | October 7, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Hussey is entitled to his views nd yes he was unfortunate in the 2nd innings to be given out....Havin said tat...wud he hv complained if he won the CL T20 for an Australian team ;-)

  • POSTED BY kvrnpavan on | October 7, 2010, 20:45 GMT

    he is complaining as if he is forced to play IPL and CLT20 .... he was playing them for money so are the other players ... even after complaining i'm sure he would have registered himself for this years auction ..... after all its money that matters ...... :)

  • POSTED BY Harmony111 on | October 7, 2010, 20:32 GMT

    I am wondering just what exactly did Hussey talk to the CA officials about CLT20? Did he say that he wanted to skip the finals cos he wanted to prepare for the India tour? Or did he wanted to skip the entire CLT20 altogether? Well, did he not know about the schedule beforehand? Or was he hoping that CSK would not qualify for the SF/F and so he would get an extra day or two to get ready? So many Indians too were in there: Sachin, Harbhajan, Zak. Moreover, Dhoni, Raina, Dravid played in at least the Semis. Other than Dhoni, no one else had a bad match. In any case, Hussey's form has been quite ordinary of late so it just sounds like a silly excuse by him lest the blame now falls on him for non-performance esp after Bollinger's injury. It is indeed surprising (& revealing) that players like Ponting, Tanvir, Hussey first opt to play the leagues and gain money as well as exposure and when they are either shunted or made redundant, they pretend to be nonchalant bout IPL/CLT20.

  • POSTED BY rko_rules on | October 7, 2010, 20:26 GMT

    I really wonder why Indian players never complain about too much cricket like IPL and CLT20. MSD leader of pack of money hungry guys in Indian team, will never complain even if they are asked to play in IPL for 60 days a year, which is exactly the case here. I remember his (MSD) poor performance in the first test both behind and in front of the stumps, and we can easily see he was clearly struggling in adapting to Indian conditions and test cricket after coming back from CLT20 in SA and this happened to him earlier too in World T20, but he will never complain. Yea Complaining is different, but he can at least give his views. In this regard, S Ganguly was different from him, coz he was not afraid in sharing his views.

  • POSTED BY -Aila- on | October 7, 2010, 20:15 GMT

    @CRICK3TCR4ZY : How can you say that Bollingers form was not affected? He was injured at a crucial time in the test

  • POSTED BY jollyjugg on | October 7, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    I dont think anybody can force anybody to do anything. The reason australia lost in first test has nothing to do with Hussey and Bollinger coming late. Infact Hussey didnt even play all the matches for CSK. If it was CA that forced him to play CLT, then why did he not talk about that earlier when the tournament was in progress and why talk about it now when australia has lost. Aussies have the habit of coming up with pathetic excuses for their loss. Hussey should not forget that, India did not have Ishant Sharma bowling in first innings nor Laxman batting in First innings. But still india managed to find a way to win. Not so long ago, thats what the teams of Taylor and Waugh used to do. Find a way to win. Hussey has to dial his buddies Hayden, Warne or Gilly to find out how it is done. Rather than that he is trying to pass the buck to his lack of preparation. None of the Australian batsmen barring Watson looked like scoring. The problem is one of application rather than preparation.

  • POSTED BY diabolical on | October 7, 2010, 19:41 GMT

    what a lame excuse, specially keeping in mind that he wasn't in good enough form in test cricket anyway last 2 years avg. 37,36 & this year 38, so it wasn't as if he was setting the world on fire and suddenly he scored less in this test match, it's been a steady decline in form in test cricket.

  • POSTED BY yogikanna on | October 7, 2010, 19:32 GMT

    If he really doesn't want to play in those tournaments, no one is forcing him to sign contracts accepting big money from those teams which he had promised to represent in the contract. Come on Mr. Hussey, you can't get paid for not wanting to do your job. Be clear what you want to do, whether you want to represent your country properly, or want to make a quick buck. The choice is really yours, don't blame anyone else for it.

  • POSTED BY MJtheKing on | October 7, 2010, 19:28 GMT

    'Grin' & 'bear' it, what hypocritical nonsense!! Grin was from banking a $400k plus cheque for doing very little. This is a poor excuse & sour grapes for 'Mr Cricket' who is quickly becoming 'Mr Overrated'. His last big Test innings was in the highly contentious Sydney Test v Pakistan. As highly suspicious as the big Hundred for Stuart Broad against the same attack this year.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 19:20 GMT

    So, the Australian board forced Hussey to earn the big bucks that CSK was paying. Ag shame the poor man. Chennai did rather well considering that their Australian legend was out of form, and a star batsman did not want to be there. So much for wanting to fulfil contractual obligations. It showed in the way you played Michael, fortunately, or unfortunately for the Warriors, Chennai had plenty of good players who wanted to play. It does remind me a bit of SA Kolpak players (and at least one famous Springbok Rugby player) who seem quite willing to sign contracts, but somewhat less willing to honour those contracts. Put plainly, this kind of attitude sucks.

  • POSTED BY Semoli on | October 7, 2010, 19:19 GMT

    Dhoni missed a few chances in this match and did not do much with the bat, I am going to speculate that CL20 might have affected his game.

  • POSTED BY Semoli on | October 7, 2010, 19:17 GMT

    @Rathan Raj: Indian players are not complaining because they are contracted not to talk in public and if they do talk in private about this, I am not confidant the board is going to listen.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 19:13 GMT

    a pure example when a person says "aaaaaah", "woooooooooooowwwww", "OMG!!!!!!!!" .etc when he sees large amount of money and when he gets it... starts to blame the source of income!

  • POSTED BY SportingSam on | October 7, 2010, 19:04 GMT

    CricketpunditUSA - You are so right - NOT the tattoo freak - Clarke's place is not even secure, let alone captaincy.

  • POSTED BY India_boy on | October 7, 2010, 19:03 GMT

    how ridiculous...Hussey, u are known as Mr. Cricket, u have been playing the longer format for abt 10 years now,been in the national team for more than 4 years, u still need 2 extra days of preparation to come into the test mould???? ok if u didnt play the finals, ud have reached Mohali 2 days earlier than u actually did...so basically your 10 years of cricket practice is nothing as compared to 2 last days ??? this is like sayign u failed in the final exam bcos there was a wedding in ur family just 2 days before the exam??? wht abt the whole year u got to study ??? Raina played alongside you, Laxman hasnt even played cricket in the last 4 months, ishant is not even a batsman, yet they ended up winners...pls take ur xcuses some place where they r accepted...

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Oh please! As the article states, CA, CSA and the BCCI have all agreed beforehand that their players would be made available for CLT20. This is why the tournament was scheduled when it was. If you want somebody to clear his desk, it would be the entire CA board.

    With the amount of cricket on offer nowadays, can't teams begin to develop some decent bench strength?

  • POSTED BY CRICK3TCR4ZY on | October 7, 2010, 18:52 GMT

    Hussy could have made big runs in the 2nd innings but he was unfortunate to get a rough decision from umpire. But I am not sure why he is complaining about the CLT20. He was not the only Australian who was stuck there..... Dougie was there too, it didn affect his form at all in this test. And India also had 2 of their test members in the CLT20, one of them happens to be the captain....

  • POSTED BY bharath74 on | October 7, 2010, 18:42 GMT

    Players willing to play IPL should know that they are putting enormous amount of strain on their body, thus they are being prone to injuries. Unless ICC, IPL and cricket boards come to an understanding, we will be continuously losing players.

  • POSTED BY tall_turtle on | October 7, 2010, 18:36 GMT

    Hussey knew the dates for the CLT and the Aussie tour before he went to SA. Why didn't he talk to ACB earlier? Didn't he want to talk to CSK?.

  • POSTED BY snoipmahc on | October 7, 2010, 18:16 GMT

    All players were aware of the schedule in advance, so there is no point in complaining now. I wonder if Hussey would have said this had Australia won the first test.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 18:03 GMT

    I don't see any of the Indian players complaining though most of them played in CLT20.. Raina in fact played so well and scored 80+ in the 1st Innings... What is the fuss all about..?

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 18:02 GMT

    maybe it was JOHN HOWARD trying to get some real cricket experience

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 18:00 GMT

    Hussey is not only the batsman who played in T20. From India there are Suresh Raina and captain Dhoni. So do not show it as an excuse.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 17:58 GMT

    I wouldn't call the CL20 "giggle cricket", but there is something disturbing about Hussey's (and Bollinger's) preparation time for the Test series being curtailed in favour of the CL20. I suppose I might feel better about it if they were representing an Australian team, but that they were playing for an IPL franchise makes it less palatable.

  • POSTED BY Vindaliew on | October 7, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    I seriously doubt Hussey would have brought this up if he had scored a match-winning century, or even if Australia had won and he did a decent job.

  • POSTED BY Chestnutgrey on | October 7, 2010, 17:42 GMT

    Funny how half of the Indian team played in the CL and still managed to be in the winning side. Funny how Laxman and Ishant played match-winning knocks with injury, while Bollinger is out with a mysterious abdominal ailment.

  • POSTED BY rohitgharat16 on | October 7, 2010, 17:39 GMT

    "Country must come before IPL, CLT20" - Michael Clarke...i hope he realises that its own board that is forcing Aussies to play.

  • POSTED BY zimog on | October 7, 2010, 17:22 GMT

    Sour grapes nothing else, Raina and Dhoni were in the same situation

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 17:19 GMT

    The CLT20 ruined both teams preparation for the test. The BCCI, in all its sagacity, decides that there will be no first class cricket before it finishes. What happens? Laxman, Gambhir and Ishant come into the test cold and not match-fit while Dhoni's exhausted. It's was pretty obvious that some fast bowler would get injured playing the giggle cricket. In the end, both Bollinger and Steyn ruin themselves. "Australia suffered in the seven-ODI series in India"?- I don't even remember a single one of them. The only matches that mater are test matches and the world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 16:55 GMT

    I agree.. It is not like Hussey is playing for the Chennai Super Kings for free !!

  • POSTED BY almostfamous_9 on | October 7, 2010, 16:54 GMT

    why is it that only Oz cricketers cant seem to adjust to the hustle and bustle? even the Indians were in d final. Raina played a far more important role for Chennai than Hussey, is far less experienced in intnl cricket than Hussey, but still comes in, fields like a dream on Day 1 and then smashes an 80 in the 1st innings. Hussey has been havin a poor run for over 2 seasons now in Tests. stop blaming it on Champions League/IPL, and take some responsibility.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 16:51 GMT

    Even at the age of 37 Sachin is able cope with the same schedule and MS Dhoni who is a captain plus keeper of the side (which is the most tiresome position of the game). Well If Hussey wants to blame someone for his failures then he would be doing it in every single match which hes gonna play...

  • POSTED BY EvilChild on | October 7, 2010, 16:50 GMT

    I don't understand the big fuss about Hussey and Bollinger playing in CLT. They were not the only players playing for Chennai. Both Dhoni and Raina played for Chennai and they have just got on with it. I can understand Bollinger being a bowler but Hussey is a batsman, he should quit making excuses. Besides, Australia haven't played a match in a long time.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 16:48 GMT

    This is laughable if not downright nonsense. Aussies have made it an industry to bash T20 even while making loads of moolah off it. If he's blaming CLT20 for his performance in the first test , then let him look no further than his teammate doug who bowled his best all thru(his abdominal strain in the last day could have happened for n no. of reasons) and besides in any multiformat series don't players move from playing one format to another within days itself. Having said that CLT20 was too close for comfort but then BCCI is as much to blame for such ad hoc scheduling of 2 tests(some sense though) instead of 7 ODI's. Probably they could have played the 3 ODI's before the 2 tests.

  • POSTED BY AnthoniJi on | October 7, 2010, 16:42 GMT

    Money talks, my friend. These days people will kill their kin for money. what else can you expect when money rules the game. peace anthoniji

  • POSTED BY kris_aus on | October 7, 2010, 16:40 GMT

    Mike, that's highly patriotic but I am sure it did not hurt at all to pocket the winners spoils of quarter mil USD right?

  • POSTED BY kalyanbk on | October 7, 2010, 16:27 GMT

    One should not undermine the importance of the Champion's league or Chennai's commitment to it. The Champion's league is not an exhibition game. The money paid by the people of Chennai to the players and cricket boards to develop a champion team is very hard earned money and that should not be disrespected as well. Michael Hussey should understand the kind of message he would be giving to Chennai's stakeholders by issuing such statements. If for some reason Hussey could not be available, he should have let Chennai know in advance so they can provide opportunities to other players. Perhaps a Justin Kemp or a Hayden or even another Indian player . We don't see Dhoni or Raina complaining later inspite of having similar schedules.

  • POSTED BY CricketpunditUSA on | October 7, 2010, 16:26 GMT

    Come On Michael! The last time I checked Dhoni and Raina were in the finals as well. In addition, Tendulkar and Singh were there (SA) as well. It is an excuse. May be if this were a home test, you would have fared well. Any way, you guys played well , but lost , so get on with it. Don't try to find fault with the system. It is high time Aussies find a new captain and let Ricky concentrate on his batting. History is weighing down on him. He is still not able to cope up with the loss of the "greats". A new captain may bring in the fresh set of approach and ideas to utilize the resources in a better way. And Michael Clarke is not the answer for the problems.

  • POSTED BY ladycricfan on | October 7, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    Hussey played a handsome test match-like-innings in the CLT20 finals and helped CSK win the title. So it is not that bad.

  • POSTED BY dyogesh on | October 7, 2010, 16:21 GMT

    Bravo Hussey !! So, its not N. Srinivasan to blame but Sutherland & co.

  • POSTED BY SnowSnake on | October 7, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    Hussey should not feel guilty about anything. There is nothing wrong with pursuing your dreams and making some money. Guys like Ponting and Clark did not play CLT20 and still perform badly. Hussey, don't let your team members blame the recent test loss on you.

  • POSTED BY sachin_vvsfan on | October 7, 2010, 15:57 GMT

    Reduce the no of ODIS and make a window for IPL and CLT20 and ensure a gap of 2 weeks between tournaments so that players will be fresh. Every one will be happy then

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    thats just as lame an excuse as u can give.

    wasn't Dhoni there? wasn't Raina there?

    Raina did play a crucial innings in the game. as long as you play competitive cricket it doesn't matter. in fact it enhances your game. Hussey has got this excuse so that he can blame the Indian board for robbing the game from Australia.

    had Australia won the game, they would turn up and say that the CLT20 helped them think better and enhanced their game to get innovative shots and bowl good yorkers.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 15:51 GMT

    i totaly disagree with mike hussey.... its lyk a school boys excuse dat he didnt had enough tym 2 study 4 exam bcoz f anthr subjects home work .. raina too ws der in d CSK... sachin,dravid,dhoni wer also a part f d Airtel CL20/20.. so its india who suffered more dan d aussies in d pre match preparations...

    i don wanna dig too much into dis issue... hussey cud hav done 2 things here. 1 ) cud hav steppd down 4m CSK by opposin hard,, mite hv been under pressure f INDIA CEMENTS,otherwise 2 )he shud nt hav commentd aftr d LOSS in d tests,.. its jus my opinion,,,each nd evry cricket match shud b playd wid d same spirit.. nevar blame it on othr things 4 d failure,.....datz it

  • POSTED BY jopa on | October 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    How is that the grapes are sour when Oz loses?? Dhooni, and Raina were also part of that CL20 finals for Chennai, I havent seen them cry for making the money?!

    One thing about the tests, sure it was bad for Oz to loose. How, I have wished that the rub of the green gos India's way in th heit of powers of the Oz days, India would always find itself short of the rub of green, and that is what Dhooni has, the rub of the green...

  • POSTED BY AsherCA on | October 7, 2010, 15:40 GMT

    Mr. Hussey - nobody had put a gun on your head, you sold your time to CSK for money. Having sold collected the money, it is your ETHICAL RESPONSIBILITY to work & deliver.

    Why were you looking for CA to bail you out ?

    You had the option of informing CSK that you would not be able to deliver on your contracted obligation, pay the agreed damages & walk out of the contract.

    IPL sponsors - note what Mr. Hussey has tried to do when bidding for him in future.

    In fact, I suggest a clause along the lines of -

    Cricketers to obtain NOC from their board before coming to IPL asking for money. If the board wants the players to make money out of their commitments, they have the option of placing restrictions on the NOC up front. This will allow franchisees paying for players to plan basis player & fund availability.

    Once the NOC is obtained & contract signed consistent with NOC, cricketers must make themselves available for IPL.

    Players not available after contract must pay.

  • POSTED BY Behind_the_bowlers_arm on | October 7, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    So someone at CA decided Hussey (and Bollinger) should miss the build up to a Test for some giggle cricket? Can we have his name and pictures of him clearing his desk , please. Utter nonsense.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 15:30 GMT

    I think the writer is a bit biased in his conlusions. While I agree that Hussey & Bollinger had stayed till the finals because their team made it to that stage, I would also like to remind that even India had Dhoni & Raina palying till the final. Yet, Raina made 86 in the 1st innings which only goes to show his temperament. I respect and agree with Hussey's views that the scheduling should be much better, but to all boards and not just Australia. Iam already wondering how Dhoni is going to carry on playing with NZ coming soon after this and the first match of the tour to SA to follow in about 5 days after the last one against NZ. But, as the writer has pointed out, there isn't much the contracted players can do when their respective boards have already decided, but again, this applies to all boards concerned with CLT20 and not just Australia!!!

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | October 7, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    By the way, is this the same guy they call Mr Cricket?

  • POSTED BY cricarch on | October 7, 2010, 15:15 GMT

    Well Mr Hussy! Raina and Dhoni were also the part of same team in CLT20 but they didn't make that excuse! And above all, you're being paid a big fat money for that grin and bear. If you're really concerned about playing dedicately for your country, let's see how you deny next IPL offer. Good Luck!

  • POSTED BY Gupta.Ankur on | October 7, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Oh yeah Hussey.Bro why don't you and Ca then donate your income to Unicef or Red Cross.

  • POSTED BY pozx on | October 7, 2010, 14:54 GMT

    Oh hussey!!!!!!!why did you have to say that....I think its a trend now a days blame everything on T20. First dhoni blamed India's poor performance on IPL and now hussey's blaming his poor performance on CLT20. Chennai has given you everything and now by saying this you hurt us(fans) badly. we trusted you and now you betray our faith in you. I dont want to see you play here next season. if the case is so then dont come and play in IPL next season and specially not for chennai. Hope no one buys you in the next edition of IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 14:35 GMT

    WEll Mr Hussey u have choice dont u......if u are so concerned dont play for Chennai and refuse all that money but u didn't do that.... did u ...so stop talking rubbish...plz

  • POSTED BY Rohan0309 on | October 7, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    Such kind of excuses aren't really expected from a batsman like Hussey. He surely wouldn't have been grumbling had he been amongst those who earn more than a million $ for 40 days of cricket.

  • POSTED BY Pattofarians-11 on | October 7, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    I don't get it. Wern't the Indians playing in the Champions League as well? I don't see any of them complaining. Then why the fuss here? :-\

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    I think he needs to quit whining. Raina and Dhoni played as much as he did in the CLT20, and better than he did in the test.

  • POSTED BY Giridhar. on | October 7, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    No excuses. In that case Hussey should stay out of IPL. Why will franchise spend millions when he is not available when needed?

  • POSTED BY Giridhar. on | October 7, 2010, 13:58 GMT

    No excuses. In that case Hussey should stay out of IPL. Why will franchise spend millions when he is not available when needed?

  • POSTED BY ram5160 on | October 7, 2010, 13:49 GMT

    The scheduling was poorly done, I agree with that. But take a look at this: Players who took part in the CPLT20 and the test match: CSK- Dhoni, Raina, Vijay, Hussey, Bollinger. MI- Tendulkar, Zaheer, Harbhajan. RCB- Dravid. Of these only Hussey and Dhoni didnt contribute much in the match. Bollinger as a whole bowled only 24 overs in the entire championship which would have been less than what the others would have in the run-up to the test. It is wrong to blame Hussey's failures and Bolly's injury on the CPLT20.

  • POSTED BY popcorn on | October 7, 2010, 13:32 GMT

    Mike Hussey and Dougie Bollinger should have been wise like Ricky Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mitchel ohnson - and opted out of IPL. See the harm their late arrival from South Africa has affected Hussey's preparation and Dougie's fitness.Dougie's absence in the second session on Day 5 due to an abdominal strain has affected Ricky Ponting's bowling options.And Dougie was a doubtful starter for the first Test. Value the Baggy Green,mates. It's not as if Cricket Australia is paying you less money.

  • POSTED BY SinSpider on | October 7, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Hussey should know that Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were also part of the same Chennai Super Kings team in CL20. Cricket is a demanding game with several commitments to be honoured if you want the name, fame and game (and money ofcourse). Stop making up reasons and concentrate on the game.

  • POSTED BY manishv on | October 7, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Nobody talks about Dhoni, Raina... come on ... they were also part of Chennai Team...

    It's ironic that they did not get proper break... but the conditions are same for both team players...

  • POSTED BY Shrescs on | October 7, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Stop all the whining now, Mikey! Why did you wait until AUS lost the match to bring this up?

  • POSTED BY Vicky.svnit on | October 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Although his point is right , Hussey cannot complain about loss of form bcoz of CLT20 as Suresh Raina - who also had arrived 2 days b4 the match played solidly for his 86 and proved to be a good runner later in the II innings..

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | October 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    With all the vaunted depth of the Australian cricket team, they pulled of the a management decision of Windies-esque proportions by relying on players who could only be ther two days before the game???

    And Mr. Hussey should state who is going to be on the receiving end of his share of the winnings from the CSK victory in the CLT20, if he really thought that being in India rather than South Africa was 'forced' upon him! The question is - how come Messrs. Hussey and Bollinger are not as villified as Chris Gayle was when the West Indies were similarly affected last year in the 1st Test in England???

    Purists' should look further than this argument to understand that player management, the scheduling of Test cricket within the future tours format and not the prevalence of T20 cricket are the real problems with International cricket administration! If domestic leagues with T20 tournaments are being played annually, there now is opportunity to fix this!!!

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Now that's mah hero talking. Mike "Mr. Cricket" Hussey - a brilliant player, a nice, quiet gentleman. Here he displays the nonchalance in his demeanor which is so a trademark of his batting when he's in the middle. I am an Indian and there is nothing more that I like in cricket than to see India and Australia lock horns in a tense, nerve-rattling, test match. Of course, I like India to win every single time :D. However, players like Hussey, Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist are what make me love Australia for the team that they are. great GREAT players, guts of steel, and most importantly such beautiful conduct both, on and off field.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    this statement should have been made public while playing champions league Mr.Hussey...Dont use Champions League as an excuse for your failures in India

  • POSTED BY Kiwi-Muncher on | October 7, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Was he complaining when he banked the wages and signed on the dotted line, sorry its the lot of an international cricketer now.

  • POSTED BY prashnottz on | October 7, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    So Raina and Dhoni also played the Champions league didnt they? So did Tendulkar, Dravid as well... Looking for excuses for defeat is okay, but blaming CL is kind of rich...

  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | October 7, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Well, no-one's forcing them to play IPL. The next player auctions are due next year...if you'd rather play for your country than have to stick around playing T20, then don't go into next year's auction. Very simple solution, I think.

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  • POSTED BY Hoggy_1989 on | October 7, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    Well, no-one's forcing them to play IPL. The next player auctions are due next year...if you'd rather play for your country than have to stick around playing T20, then don't go into next year's auction. Very simple solution, I think.

  • POSTED BY prashnottz on | October 7, 2010, 12:26 GMT

    So Raina and Dhoni also played the Champions league didnt they? So did Tendulkar, Dravid as well... Looking for excuses for defeat is okay, but blaming CL is kind of rich...

  • POSTED BY Kiwi-Muncher on | October 7, 2010, 12:30 GMT

    Was he complaining when he banked the wages and signed on the dotted line, sorry its the lot of an international cricketer now.

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 12:40 GMT

    this statement should have been made public while playing champions league Mr.Hussey...Dont use Champions League as an excuse for your failures in India

  • POSTED BY on | October 7, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    Now that's mah hero talking. Mike "Mr. Cricket" Hussey - a brilliant player, a nice, quiet gentleman. Here he displays the nonchalance in his demeanor which is so a trademark of his batting when he's in the middle. I am an Indian and there is nothing more that I like in cricket than to see India and Australia lock horns in a tense, nerve-rattling, test match. Of course, I like India to win every single time :D. However, players like Hussey, Steve Waugh and Adam Gilchrist are what make me love Australia for the team that they are. great GREAT players, guts of steel, and most importantly such beautiful conduct both, on and off field.

  • POSTED BY NBRADEE on | October 7, 2010, 13:08 GMT

    With all the vaunted depth of the Australian cricket team, they pulled of the a management decision of Windies-esque proportions by relying on players who could only be ther two days before the game???

    And Mr. Hussey should state who is going to be on the receiving end of his share of the winnings from the CSK victory in the CLT20, if he really thought that being in India rather than South Africa was 'forced' upon him! The question is - how come Messrs. Hussey and Bollinger are not as villified as Chris Gayle was when the West Indies were similarly affected last year in the 1st Test in England???

    Purists' should look further than this argument to understand that player management, the scheduling of Test cricket within the future tours format and not the prevalence of T20 cricket are the real problems with International cricket administration! If domestic leagues with T20 tournaments are being played annually, there now is opportunity to fix this!!!

  • POSTED BY Vicky.svnit on | October 7, 2010, 13:11 GMT

    Although his point is right , Hussey cannot complain about loss of form bcoz of CLT20 as Suresh Raina - who also had arrived 2 days b4 the match played solidly for his 86 and proved to be a good runner later in the II innings..

  • POSTED BY Shrescs on | October 7, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Stop all the whining now, Mikey! Why did you wait until AUS lost the match to bring this up?

  • POSTED BY manishv on | October 7, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Nobody talks about Dhoni, Raina... come on ... they were also part of Chennai Team...

    It's ironic that they did not get proper break... but the conditions are same for both team players...

  • POSTED BY SinSpider on | October 7, 2010, 13:29 GMT

    Hussey should know that Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were also part of the same Chennai Super Kings team in CL20. Cricket is a demanding game with several commitments to be honoured if you want the name, fame and game (and money ofcourse). Stop making up reasons and concentrate on the game.