Australia in India 2010 October 7, 2010

Hussey wanted to leave CLT20 early

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • vincent 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!!!

  • Dummy4 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.

  • sphinx on October 11, 2010, 16:54 GMT

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

  • Ankan 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.

  • Kate 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.

  • Dummy4 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

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Dummy4 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.....

  • Anurag on October 8, 2010, 8:51 GMT

    @iammrcricket yes you are absolutely correct.

  • Dummy4 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...

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