Australia in India 2010 October 21, 2010

Bollinger, Hussey to return home

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Australia fast bowler Doug Bollinger and middle-order batsman Michael Hussey will return to Australia prior to the third ODI against India in Goa on October 24.

Hussey is being sent back to play Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match against South Australia, while Bollinger's return is to help the rehabilitation of his abdominal strain, which has kept him on the bench since the first Test in Mohali.

"Doug reported some minor discomfort to his abdomen during his rehabilitation from the previous injury," Australia physio Kevin Sims said. "We do not think the new issue is serious, however it will prevent him from achieving the workloads necessary for him to be available for selection in the third ODI in Goa. Therefore we have decided it is in his best interests to return to Australia for further assessment and to outline further rehabilitation. Doug's return-to-cricket date will be finalised following this assessment."

The decision to send Hussey home is to help manage his workload in the lead-up to a packed home summer, which includes the Ashes. Hussey struggled for form in the India Tests, managing 99 runs in four innings with a highest score of 34. He was fluent in the second ODI in Visakhapatnam, scoring an assured 69 in Australia's defeat, but the board thought a four-day fixture following some rest would help him more than another one-dayer in conditions different to those he will encounter at home during the coming months.

"As part of the ongoing individual workload management ahead of an exciting Australian summer and the World Cup in the subcontinent, Michael Hussey will not play in the third one-day game in India and will return home to Australia," Andrew Hilditch, the chairman of selectors, said. "Michael will have a few days off and then resume cricket in the Sheffield Shield match between South Australia and WA commencing on 29 October at Adelaide Oval."

Both players had joined the squad in India late after fulfilling their Champions League commitments for the Chennai Super Kings in South Africa.

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  • San.T.live on October 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Mike Hussy is going to play in the local tournament...!!! How funny...!!! :-)

  • Marcio on October 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    There's lots of ways you can spin things. Even if Australia lose all games on this tour, it's not that important. Australia lost 5 one day games in a row before the last world cup, then smashed everyone to win the cup easily. They lost all three games to NZ on their tour just before the cup, so it's not the first time. Personally, I think Indians are overrating this tour in terms of what it means to India and the quality of their team. Your bowling attack is quite poor, to be honest. After the first over or two of the 1st one-dayer, your bowlers could only take another 2 wickets in the next 48 overs. India lost 5 wickets and won narrowly against a bowling line-up of state-level standard with almost no experience in India.That's hardly an impressive performance, and I doubt your current bowling line-up can take 20 wickets in Aust conditions. Remember, India won the first test after an LBW decision cost Australia the game and series. This is a good but not a dominant Indian team.

  • Gujaratan on October 22, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    I think, SA and Zimbabwe series is more worthless than Aus and Ind, as there is world come coming in India. Why have useless SA-Zim series? while I still think, it is not worthy enough for Aus to rate India's 1st ODI good enough to let Hussy play, and not send him back with Ricky, while they lost the 2nd ODI, they think hell with India, we CAN NOT win in India, so lets rather TRY to win Ashes, that is so pathetic, Aus knows, that even less rated Ind-Aus ODI series brings more crowd and attention in India itself, compared to Aussie and Brits fans COMBINED from the Ashes series, so, this is all to TRY to break the Indian Cricket Economy, by not having High rated player in ODI, so no one is interested and less people comes to watch on ground and at home, that is less income for Indian Media and Indian Cricket, this is nothing but WHITE monopoly ONCE AGAIN. that's all, how can Ashes be more important than WORLD CUP in India just in few months?

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 22, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I see a lot of Indian readers talking about the 3rd ODI already. I just hope you don't have to swallow a huge humble pie. The current OZ ODI team may not be a proven side at the International level but you'd do well not to underestimate them. These guys are in due to a combination of very strong domestic performances and vacant slots caused by injuries to key players. Having said that, India would do well to keep Jadeja out of the side.

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Well, Marcio, India has also left out some of its players for the ODIs. But see, because of the 2-0 result, it looks different for India and Australia. When we drop players, we are doing it from a position of strength, trying to experiment with new kids. When Australia does that, it looks like rats fleeing a sinking ship. Further, I can assure you that it is not the Indian ego that has been hurt in this series, has it?

  • Aussasinator on October 22, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    There's no poinmt in their remaining in India anymore. They have lost all hopes and are demoralised.

  • SUNDOS on October 22, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Bollinger's injury is understandable.But Hussey is the only consistent batsman the Aussies have.What's even more surprising is that Clarke is being built up as the next skipperand he is being given a team of rookies.Clearly Hauritz is not as penetrative as even a Yuvraj,this would go down as the weakest side to have visited India

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @Ashish Rana i am not agree with your statement Aussies can win without these players and they have guts they will not accept any defeat without fighting.

  • Nuur on October 22, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Both the sides are not talking ODIs seriously, so it doesn't matter who they play and who they dont. India should win the last ODI comfortably but its an unpredictable game. But does anyone remember the last time Australia didnt win a match on a tour?!

  • chad_reid on October 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    The series in India is not that important to Australia its all about the ashes cant understand why they had the series in the first place i guess mainly to adjust to the conditions b4 the world cup, its a good decision to rest the test players for the upcoming ashes coz nothing is as important than to reclaim the ashes again. winning a single match or test match doesn't seem to matter in india so i dont expect aus to win the next odi as well they dont really care as long as they win the ashes and the WC which is the main thing

  • San.T.live on October 23, 2010, 7:25 GMT

    Mike Hussy is going to play in the local tournament...!!! How funny...!!! :-)

  • Marcio on October 23, 2010, 4:23 GMT

    There's lots of ways you can spin things. Even if Australia lose all games on this tour, it's not that important. Australia lost 5 one day games in a row before the last world cup, then smashed everyone to win the cup easily. They lost all three games to NZ on their tour just before the cup, so it's not the first time. Personally, I think Indians are overrating this tour in terms of what it means to India and the quality of their team. Your bowling attack is quite poor, to be honest. After the first over or two of the 1st one-dayer, your bowlers could only take another 2 wickets in the next 48 overs. India lost 5 wickets and won narrowly against a bowling line-up of state-level standard with almost no experience in India.That's hardly an impressive performance, and I doubt your current bowling line-up can take 20 wickets in Aust conditions. Remember, India won the first test after an LBW decision cost Australia the game and series. This is a good but not a dominant Indian team.

  • Gujaratan on October 22, 2010, 23:22 GMT

    I think, SA and Zimbabwe series is more worthless than Aus and Ind, as there is world come coming in India. Why have useless SA-Zim series? while I still think, it is not worthy enough for Aus to rate India's 1st ODI good enough to let Hussy play, and not send him back with Ricky, while they lost the 2nd ODI, they think hell with India, we CAN NOT win in India, so lets rather TRY to win Ashes, that is so pathetic, Aus knows, that even less rated Ind-Aus ODI series brings more crowd and attention in India itself, compared to Aussie and Brits fans COMBINED from the Ashes series, so, this is all to TRY to break the Indian Cricket Economy, by not having High rated player in ODI, so no one is interested and less people comes to watch on ground and at home, that is less income for Indian Media and Indian Cricket, this is nothing but WHITE monopoly ONCE AGAIN. that's all, how can Ashes be more important than WORLD CUP in India just in few months?

  • Go_F.Alonso on October 22, 2010, 16:01 GMT

    I see a lot of Indian readers talking about the 3rd ODI already. I just hope you don't have to swallow a huge humble pie. The current OZ ODI team may not be a proven side at the International level but you'd do well not to underestimate them. These guys are in due to a combination of very strong domestic performances and vacant slots caused by injuries to key players. Having said that, India would do well to keep Jadeja out of the side.

  • on October 22, 2010, 11:53 GMT

    Well, Marcio, India has also left out some of its players for the ODIs. But see, because of the 2-0 result, it looks different for India and Australia. When we drop players, we are doing it from a position of strength, trying to experiment with new kids. When Australia does that, it looks like rats fleeing a sinking ship. Further, I can assure you that it is not the Indian ego that has been hurt in this series, has it?

  • Aussasinator on October 22, 2010, 10:47 GMT

    There's no poinmt in their remaining in India anymore. They have lost all hopes and are demoralised.

  • SUNDOS on October 22, 2010, 9:42 GMT

    Bollinger's injury is understandable.But Hussey is the only consistent batsman the Aussies have.What's even more surprising is that Clarke is being built up as the next skipperand he is being given a team of rookies.Clearly Hauritz is not as penetrative as even a Yuvraj,this would go down as the weakest side to have visited India

  • on October 22, 2010, 8:11 GMT

    @Ashish Rana i am not agree with your statement Aussies can win without these players and they have guts they will not accept any defeat without fighting.

  • Nuur on October 22, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Both the sides are not talking ODIs seriously, so it doesn't matter who they play and who they dont. India should win the last ODI comfortably but its an unpredictable game. But does anyone remember the last time Australia didnt win a match on a tour?!

  • chad_reid on October 22, 2010, 6:25 GMT

    The series in India is not that important to Australia its all about the ashes cant understand why they had the series in the first place i guess mainly to adjust to the conditions b4 the world cup, its a good decision to rest the test players for the upcoming ashes coz nothing is as important than to reclaim the ashes again. winning a single match or test match doesn't seem to matter in india so i dont expect aus to win the next odi as well they dont really care as long as they win the ashes and the WC which is the main thing

  • ankitjain1189 on October 22, 2010, 6:15 GMT

    who pays for the surgery of players ??

  • ikey on October 22, 2010, 6:11 GMT

    BCCI is also thinking to do the same wid NZ..it is a tactical move..so pls dont overreact(some IND fans) btw Im from IND :)

  • on October 22, 2010, 6:02 GMT

    aussies are sending back players which are most capable of winning the last match. it seems as if they have assumed that aussies will lose the ODIs by 2-0

  • on October 22, 2010, 5:47 GMT

    Bollinger's case could be an injury issue, but Hussey's case is inexplainable. Hussey's loss is a big jolt to Australia, more so after his solid innings in Vizag (and not to forget numerous wonderful innings he played last year as well). Such a rock-solid batsman is essential for all forms of the game.

  • on October 22, 2010, 4:55 GMT

    all the recent past victories of australian teem have been due to micheal hussey. australia have gone down because of poor form of hussey. by getting hussey out in last odi india created problems for themselves. thank god we won

  • popcorn on October 22, 2010, 4:47 GMT

    About time they did. Stupid iof James Suther;and to let them play in the Champions League in the first place, knowing that the Test series against India was coming up. But Jimmy Sutherland only thinks of money - not the Baggy Green. Cricket Australia SHOULD NOT AGREE to BCCI's demand that players be released for IPL 4 - at the cost of preparation for International ODIs and Test Cricket. Haven't we learnt from Dougie's non-availability for the final session of the Mohali Test? We would have won hands down had he been fit. And worse, he was not available for the second Test or the first ODI. Money is NOT EVERYTHING - Jimmy - it's the baggy green. See how sensible Ricky Ponting. Michael Clarke and Mitchell Johnson are - they are not lured by IPL money. We are not beggars.

  • on October 22, 2010, 4:21 GMT

    Australians are proving to be a consistent team in either winning or losing. Its good see them in maintaining this consistency. If they keep maintaining this consistency soon we can find their ranking to be competing with Bangladesh and Zimbabwe.

  • kapilesh23 on October 22, 2010, 4:06 GMT

    i agree with all the comments that this series is not very important .and the ashes and world cup are more important but i don't understand what's the big deal in playing one odi .both this players had to play just one odi i think that does not consume so much time and energy .

  • Hagemaru_Hageda on October 22, 2010, 3:29 GMT

    Rats leave sinking ship. Result of this ODI & consequently the series would be not be surprising. Aussies will return home with 0-2 ODI score alongwith 0-2 test score they earned.

  • MinusZero on October 22, 2010, 1:55 GMT

    Go India, If Australia lose the third ODI. Australia wont have won at all on tour :)

  • on October 21, 2010, 23:54 GMT

    It is going to be India bench vs Australia bench.

  • muski on October 21, 2010, 22:27 GMT

    @RahulBhaskaran-Why single out Sachin on this issue. He has done enough and more for him to request BCCI on what he wants to play and what he wants to skip. On his not skipping IPL, Iam sure you understand business even if it means you come from a communist region. Mukesh Ambani has bought him to play and not to skip matches.Hope you understand the difference between both. Well the Indian public shoud boyoctt these matches with Australia so that BCCI know thats India is not a mad cricket loving nation and that people would like to watch quality matches . Its another issue that Aussie selectors care a damn about the outcome of this ODI series. Without Ponting, Hussey and Bollinger, it would be a miracle if Aussie win at Goa.

  • maddy20 on October 21, 2010, 21:28 GMT

    Well this series has totally lost its glam now. No point in watching it!

  • asillypoint on October 21, 2010, 21:09 GMT

    @SNOWFLAKE. The Australian players have no say where and when they play. It is the decision of the selectors and CA - if not, we could all be playing! Mind you, there seems to be a few spots up for grabs, I'll grab my kit.

  • sharprider on October 21, 2010, 20:48 GMT

    Comments and opinions should not be termed as "VENOM" especially if it is coming from a Pakistani fan. And, in the same token, a personal (and really unprofessional) remark of "HOME" should be refrained from because it was all due to unfortunate circumstances (and not anybody in particular) that this sad situation has transpired and persisted for the last year and a half or so. Pretty soon this will also be resolved and Pakistan will, InshaAllah host cricket series of all kinds in the near future.

  • on October 21, 2010, 20:14 GMT

    Somebody said Munaf is a decent bowler, in death overs and upfront, mate he is a useless bowler because of his mental problem. Oh did you not know he has a problem called Stupidity. Neither he has the pace nor the guile nor any kind of swing, he just lobs the bowl there hoping the pitch will do something, his inclusion in the team at the expense of Mithun is a shame and clearly based on Quota system. If we want to move forward people like Munaf should be removed who have learnt nothing and just are tourists in most teams(oh Rohit sharma is another one, I am sick of hearing how talented he is, send him back to Ranji level for next three years)

  • gettussaa on October 21, 2010, 19:23 GMT

    These are two very different things - 1) Mike Hussey rested for ODI series in India AND 2)Mike Hussey sent home before the last ODI game. Dont faltter yourself aussies, this particular decision has got more to do with aus giving up on this series than "value systems that exist in eng and oz that transcend the need to cater to hurt sub continent egos". Anyway, ashes in aus has been a one sided affair, hope would be different this time and would love to see Hussey back in form.

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 17:53 GMT

    Now that I have looked at ICC Test rankings, the decision makes perfect sense. The Ashes is the most important series for Australia. If Australia wins the Ashes in a clean sweep then it might end up getting ranked #3 and depending on the outcome of India-SA series, it may recapture its #1 ranking by the end of 2011. However, if Australia loses Ashes in a clean sweep then Australia will remain below #1 ranking for at least 2 years. The loss in points would be very significant. A loss in Goa ODI would not have an effect on Aus. ODI ranking. So, the decision makes perfect sense.

  • SnowSnake on October 21, 2010, 17:40 GMT

    Respect the freedom of choice of Australian players. They are free to play wherever they want to play.

  • RAAJ101 on October 21, 2010, 17:27 GMT

    THIS MEANS THAT THE ODI'S ARE NOT GOING TO STAY FOR LONG AND TWENTY20 IS GOING TO RULE THE CRICKET IN FUTURE.

  • gfthgh on October 21, 2010, 17:06 GMT

    Unavailability of Sachin Tendulker for one day tournament for last 8 months is main problem that decrease the viewer ship of one day cricket. Even though he playing lot of T20 with Mumbai Indians. Is the national duty is 2nt even to sachin tendulker ?.Why rest for sachin in every announcement of one day tournament? Why he is not rested even partially in IPL and Champions trophy?.

  • gfthgh on October 21, 2010, 17:05 GMT

    . If the player is injured don't select them or make back up arrangement. in the south African test series and Australian test seers the laxman was the villain. In the mohali more than the Laxman the umpire (Billy Bawden) is the hero of the match. Main reason for 1st innings collapse in mohali is due to unavailability of laxmanan in correct batting line up. If he scored half of the run that is scored in second innings to 1st innings india have been taken the lead and India can easily win that test without that tremendous, herculean effort for a win (Narrow win). Because of IPL India is not gone to West Indies for full tournament. If they played in West Indies then there lot of fanatical problem can be solved, new players can be come, and playing against India can unite the West Indies team. Also same thing with Pakistan.

  • rahulppppp on October 21, 2010, 17:04 GMT

    Policy is mainly sreekanth`s selection policy that is he mainly select tamil nadu players,channai super king players and sresanth . His selection of team mainly based on IPL. Only good selection is selection of Poojara. After the South African Onday (after sachin`s 200) india not played full strength one day team. Because Ipl and champions trophy one day match playing in india is decresed .India is playing too much of one-day against sreelanka .Asia cup arranged during football world cup time so nobody interested also just after that in the same place and against almost same country a 3 nation tournament is this the way to schedule match. If selectors want to experiment then why don't they experiment during test match against Bangladesh? .Selection of test team against South Africa is the one of the badest selection, because of the un availability of batsman India have played with 2 wicket keeper and lost the test match.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on October 21, 2010, 16:59 GMT

    Because of IPL India is not gone to West Indies for full tournament. If they played in West Indies then there lot of fanatical problem can be solved, new players can be come, and playing against India can unite the West Indies team. Also same thing with Pakistan. Unavailability of Sachin Tendulker for one day tournament for last 8 months is main problem that decrease the viewer ship of one day cricket. Even though he playing lot of T20 with Mumbai Indians. Is the national duty is 2nt even to sachin tendulker ?.Why rest for sachin in every announcement of one day tournament? Why he is not rested even partially in IPL and Champions trophy?.

  • RahulBhaskaranpinarayi on October 21, 2010, 16:57 GMT

    Everybody saying india played very well against Australia. Verat Kohli is better to replace the big guns sachin,ganguley sahwag gambir rahul etc. Is it that much great? Australia is playing without Ponding,Hussy(He will not play 3D ONE-DAY).Dregley Bollinger,Shane Watson,Michal Johnson, BW Hilfenhaus, SM Katich ,Brett Lee , BJ Haddin etc. Certainly Ponding has a great captaincy record. In the last year(2009) Australia missed lot of players but Ponding captaincy made them to victorious(4-2 win) .(Pondings colleagues shane wane,Gilcrist etc have great captaincy ability but they never become captain). Looking the current players you can see that you can't compare old win against Australia with this win. It is not Australian team it is just a South Australia or Victoria or Australian under 19, Australian (A or b) team or Australian prime minister XI.

  • on October 21, 2010, 16:49 GMT

    I AM WAITING AND WAITING WHEN SELECTOR WILL GIVE CHANCE TO IRFAN PATHAN,ROBIN UTHAPA,PARTIV PATEL,AJIKAT RAHENE,RAIDU,ALI MURTAZA,YUSAF PATHAN NAMA OHJA INSTEAD OF JADEJA,ROHIT SHARMA.

  • Gujaratan on October 21, 2010, 16:32 GMT

    @Muhammad Ali, why it is temporary rise of India, in India? why Aus, SA or England can NOT rise in India? so i would say, STOP this India winner on flat track and batting track, I would say, Aus, SA and ENG are ONLY GOOD, in their own country on FAST track, their batsman, CAN NOT bat in India, on even batsman friendly "flat" tracks, so why blame indian batsman? those 3 countries, batsman (if they claim world class or best) they could do better in India than I think, one more thing, most of the batting records (the highest runs in ODI in a game, 400+ are NOT made in India, AUS,-SA game, IND-Bermuda, the SA-NL game, they are done in west indies, South Africa and Netherlands.

  • funsuk on October 21, 2010, 16:31 GMT

    It was just wrong decision to schedule a series if they think it is not important before world cup and Ashes.

  • sudhs_107 on October 21, 2010, 16:23 GMT

    @Marcio

    Relentless bashing by Indians on the internet and the press, the booing, certain umpiring issues and lack of a fair go all round ---------- What are you talking about?? All these are Australian's activities over past 2 decades and other teams are withstanding them with at-most patience!!

  • shri619 on October 21, 2010, 16:02 GMT

    @gandalfinblue yes you are right 3 test seris wuold be bettere option this odi seris is sach a waste of time

  • cricinme on October 21, 2010, 16:00 GMT

    Mohamed Ali, we are thankful to god for giving us at least a temporary phase of rise to savour and enjoy but as for you, you will not have even a slice of it for a decade at least. So sorry.

  • allforone on October 21, 2010, 15:58 GMT

    I find it funny how people are talking down Australia now, it's like they are trying to convince themselves. If not for one test loss to India then Australia would have the best win-loss ratio of any test team in the past 3 years, and in away test matches at that. See Harsha's interview with Tom Moody and hear it for yourself.

  • ChuckyDoll on October 21, 2010, 15:55 GMT

    Both teams not playing the full strength squad is ridiculous. In a way, it is 'false advertisement' b by cheating the money paying public. People pay to see the Tendulkars, Pontings, Sehwags, Bollingers but this is clearly false advertisement. Either don't schedule these games or name them as India-A+ vs. Australia-A+. What is the point of playing these games when Australia is clearly saying "We don't care if we lose this series" ?

  • on October 21, 2010, 15:41 GMT

    I completely agree with the comments that favor this move. Ashes is THE most important series for Aus and Eng. We should respect the team priorities and also consider testing the bench strengths before the world cup. Playing young teams does not diminish the challenge. Hope we have a good game in Goa ... GO INDIA.

  • cricinme on October 21, 2010, 15:36 GMT

    Mohammed Ali, dont spit venom. You dont have even a home to invite other players. India is a home sweet home for all international players.

  • BleedingBlue on October 21, 2010, 15:28 GMT

    I don't understand why Aussies should be criticized for this. I think its a good decision to let Hussey take some rest as he himself was not happy because CA had forced him to play in the champions league prior to this series...

  • peterss on October 21, 2010, 15:20 GMT

    This is a shame for BCCI. Why did they even bother to organise this meaningless series? Anyways, the only benefit of this series is the dropping of R.Jadeja and seems like ashwin has got what it takes to replace him.

  • mayur07301 on October 21, 2010, 14:58 GMT

    no sehwag?? doesn't matter who plays and who doesn't! anyways i am not going to watch it!

  • on October 21, 2010, 14:57 GMT

    ODI is losing importance - evident from these.

  • hellraiser9 on October 21, 2010, 14:56 GMT

    There is no bias in selecting vinay kumar. It was fair he got a chance and did well to some extent until white took him apart. What can dhoni do about it if vinay kumar fails to grab his chance? If at all dhoni showed bias. then it is in the selection of jadeja and stupid rohit sharma.. which boils my blood to this day that they are still in the squad. For the selection of rohit sharma I would def have harsh words for dhoni but not for vinay kumar. For the first time we saw a very good squad..change in jersey ..change in the approach of Indian team. I thought Indian team looked really solid in their batting and 45 overs of bowling yesterday.. I hope Munaf gets the nod in the 2nd ODI and Vinay kumar. I thought Kohli played superb and should cement his place with that century now and R sharma can select another profession except cricket

  • Behind_the_bowlers_arm on October 21, 2010, 14:29 GMT

    It seems for both teams that this ODI series is a low priority other than giving some new players an introduction to international cricket. Not really sure why Hussey was kept in Indian for the first two. I would have sent all the Test team home to prepare for the Ashes. I'm prepared to let Cricket Australia dictate the policies in regards to ODI's but ..... given their team was World Cup winners in 1999, 2003 & 2007 and hasnt lost a game in the only tournament that matters for 11 years i guess they are owed some slack.

  • Faraz_Baig_AusFan on October 21, 2010, 14:27 GMT

    I like the comment put by "Marcio", esply when he says "that's the value structure that exists in Oz and Eng, and it transcends the need to cater to hurt egos in the sub-continent"

  • Selwyn1975 on October 21, 2010, 14:21 GMT

    i wonder people are talking too much about white.In my opinion he is an overhyped player.Innings which he played in vizag happens once in a blue moon.Its not that i am underestimating white,How many of us witnessed his class in CLT20 in SA.He played around the tail enders of RCB.He should have gone for big shots whenever he was at striker's end.But that was not the case.I strongly feel and insisting that Vizag show is not the true reflection of his class.Take my word he will be nowhere near to what he is after vizag in margoa.Aussies are mind players and sore grapes.Common ACB educate your players to behave themselves in the international arena.Behaving like rotten Egg and inviting all the troubles to the nation.I am sick of talking about aussies.You guys never complained about test ranking system when you were topping for prolong period...its a cycle gentlemen...You are at the lowest ever since it was introduced.Take it as it is.don't be cry babies.

  • sudhs_107 on October 21, 2010, 14:17 GMT

    Hastings was very impressive with his skiders. Don't know why they will not play Nannes in other formats of the game (other than 20-20).

    I think Australian bowling attack will be great during WC, with Bolinger, Hastings, Jhonson, Hilfenhaus and McKay. They dont actually require Lee or Clark anymore. They can even drop Hopes now as he is lately hopeless and Hasting can fill his place. I think Aus should stop looking for spin options and use batsmen like Steve Smith, Clarke or White for that job.

  • mrgupta on October 21, 2010, 14:12 GMT

    @devilzone-: For your information on their last two trips to Australia India Won 2 tests and Lost 3 (Not Bad). On their last 2 trips to India Australia have Lost 4 tests and Won.... Oh Sorry, They haven't Won anything yet. On their last trip to England India Won 1-0 (2007), and before that it was 1-1 (2002). On their last trip to England Aussies Won... Sorry Lost 2-1 and before that... Lost 2-1... So who is the "Idiot" here? And somebody talking about Indians being flat track bully... well Aussies cant even bat on these Flat tracks (lost last two series 2-0, 2-0), then what the hell are they doing playing Cricket?

  • Capt.Hilts on October 21, 2010, 13:59 GMT

    I think some Indian fans are selectively forgetting the fact that even Tendulkar has taken rest after CLT20 and couple of Tests. Moreover he was just coming out of voluntary rest before CLT20, and he has last played an ODI way back in February. After that he has voluntarily pulled out ODIs for work load management, but has kept on playing IPLs and CLT20s, and he would also play IPL 2011 but is taking rests now.

    Atleast in Hussey's case he is doing what his board is deciding for him.

  • gurussm on October 21, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    it's a pity. no hussey and what should have been the score in vizag?

  • daksh2011 on October 21, 2010, 13:55 GMT

    BHUPAL@SASTRA: this is a good chance for ferugson to prove himself that he is capable of playing in indian conditions

  • Selwyn1975 on October 21, 2010, 13:54 GMT

    The bottom line of keeping their star players away from this series is to make them feel..we were not part of the series.Had we been there its a must win series,but we needed a break and rest before ashes.This is a mind game,australians are usually good at.But i feel pity for the scapegoats like Mckay,Starc,Smith,marsh,Paine.they are in the budding stage of their career.Why are punters and husseys denting their hope and confidence,It makes no sense.Let them play when the team is in comfortable position.Its the hardest part of the world to play debut ODI even for indians.Selfish aussie seniors are denting the hopes of promising youngsters' career.what a shame on ACB.

  • ravi_hari on October 21, 2010, 13:53 GMT

    I think everyone is reacting to the actions. Many do not know the way Cricket Australia considers players for selection. They have a definite plan for each player on contract and their progress is mapped regularly. Remember before the start of the series Neilson talked about preparedness of these two players. He felt they did not put in enough hours in relevant practise to be ready to take on India in India. His fears have come true with otherwise Mr. Dependable looked very uncomfortable in the tests. Relevant practise has shown him transform in the ODI. Bollinger bowled very well in the first innings but could not carry on for the entire 5 days. If he had gone through the stipulated hours, this strain might have come up during practise and CA would have selected a fully fit bowler, thus giving their team more chances to win. Bollinger's absence costed Australia the Mohali test. Philip Hughes might have come in handy instead of Hussey! Think only cricket when its Aussies. Hari Ravi

  • daksh2011 on October 21, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    BHUPAL@SASTRA: this is a good chance for ferugson to prove himself that he is capable of playing in indian conditions

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    why dont we let australians do what they want to do ?..... Given the day , one has to play and beat the team they field and hope India can win the game. The first match exposed Dhoni's biase. There was long period of time he was promoting RP SIng. Somehow MS not in favour of Munaf who is a decent bowler upfront, middle overs or at the end. Vinay Kumar and Praveen Sing bowled a lot of rubbish deliveries and were repeatedly bowling length balls when they know C White is a good player of length ball. It is obvious MS not in favour of Gautam,Munaf,Sreesanth and he favour D Kartik, RP & Praveen

  • Gujaratan on October 21, 2010, 13:28 GMT

    well, India has spin bowling tracks, while Australia has Fast bowling tracks, so what the blip is the difference? when Aussi beat India or Pakistan in Australia, they claim, they are BEST, while they get defeated in subcontinent, they don't accept, I would say POOR, SORE losers they are, the whole bunch is, Sending Ricky and Hussy back to home for ODI in India, where in 3,4 months will be World Cup? seems like Australia ALREADY gave up in winning this world cup, I would say, Aussies are pathetic, gone down without even giving a fight, they could have saved the ODI series with 1-1, instead, they are claiming that WE CAN NOT BAT AS GOOD AS INDIANS, I love this.

  • tauraphobia on October 21, 2010, 13:22 GMT

    It looks like one more way of collecting the excuses for deviating from TRUE AUSSIE performance(again in India).

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    It really amuses me that how many players Australia have tried in last 10-12 months in different formats. Everytime a youngster comes in they seem to rate him quite highly as if they are going to take the Cricket World by storm with their talent. Luke Pomersbach, Travis Birt, Xavier Doherty, Graham Manou, Shane Harwood, Andrew McDonald are some of them. But I wander where are the tested and proven players like Stuart Clarke, Nathan Bracken. Especially Bracken who in my view will be more than handful in the subcontinents with his slower balls and accuracy

  • gandalfinblue on October 21, 2010, 13:18 GMT

    Its pretty clear that no one really cares about this ODI series, and for good reason. These meaningless bi-lateral series do nobody any good. Wouldn't a 3-test series have been a better alternative as compared to the itinerary they came up with? This is neither here nor there. Frankly we'd have forgotten Kohli's century and Hussey's absence in the last match (irrespective of the result) within 2 weeks. The real issue here is context: The Ashes are way more important than a meaningless ODI series and that's a fact. If the suits down in Oz feel this is going to be better for "player development", whatever. I don't think this should affect anyone's life for better or worse.

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    its only a temporary rise of india on dead pitches of home.....they will be roasted and will come to earth in away tours of south africa,austrlia and england....

  • _Australian_ on October 21, 2010, 13:16 GMT

    I find a lot of the comments here thoughtless. Common sense has prevailed here. Hussey needs to bat in the longer form of the game pre Ashes to find form. Not taking away from India's deserved test wins but he did cop some ordinary decisions in the Test matches and just needs some time in the middle which an ODI wont give. Bolinger is not 100% or he would have played in the last ODI. It makes perfect sense they go home. It gives an opportunity for some inexperienced players to gain some pre world cup and Australia is not direspecting their opponents as India are doing exactly the same thing resting players. I am also starting to notice that some Indian supporters are not just bad losers (as in the past) but now bad winners.

  • boltfromheaven on October 21, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    The Ashes is viewed as a second-tier contest in today's cricket environment unfortunately for the Aussies and the Brits. India-Australia is the one that has all the attention but that too is just a placeholder for the # 1 contest. The big daddy of all cricketing rivalries. India - Pakistan. India will put forward 2nd and even 3rd elevens against Australia these days, but it would never do that if the team being played was Pakistan.

  • Marcio on October 21, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    I can understand why some Indians are angry at this, but if you are completely fair, you will note India has also left some of their best players out of the 1-day series too. It's got nothing to do with being scared of India. Anyone with the slightest understanding of cricket history knows that this is all about preparing for the Ashes, the most important cricketing event for Oz and Eng, by a country mile. Talking about test rankings shows a complete lack of understanding about the value of these series for the two countries. This goes way beyond test rankings, and goes back over a hundred years. You don't just ignore that so that a hastily arranged series against India goes ahead. Sorry that you lost face, but that's the value structure that exists in Oz and Eng, and it transcends the need to cater to hurt egos in the sub-continent. You guys will get over it. The India tour was all a bit greedy and hasty - let's face it. It was not a good decision. Still, some good cricket has come...

  • on October 21, 2010, 13:12 GMT

    It really amuses me that how many players Australia have tried in last 10-12 months in different formats. Everytime a youngster comes in they seem to rate him quite highly as if they are going to take the Cricket World by storm with their talent. Luke Pomersbach, Travis Birt, Xavier Doherty, Graham Manou, Shane Harwood, Andrew McDonald are some of them. But I wander where are the tested and proven players like Stuart Clarke, Nathan Bracken. Especially Bracken who in my view will be more than handful in the subcontinents with his slower balls and accuracy

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Of course it makes sense. At least with a lower ranking team Australia has a chance to win so might as well concentrate at that. Hussey or no Hussey they are not going to win in India!!

  • krajeev on October 21, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    The australians will be even bigger idiots when they loose the ashes with hussy in the team. amen.

  • addiemanav on October 21, 2010, 12:34 GMT

    i think the series should hav been labeled as 'under-25' so atleast the youngsters could hav played because none of the senior players from either side are really interested in playing!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:31 GMT

    if this is another unmeaningful one day series why play in first place??? this is what losers say... loll...

  • Faraz_Baig_AusFan on October 21, 2010, 12:24 GMT

    Well done, I like this, good on ya CA.. Sheild Cricket (First Class Cricket) is more important than these meaningless ODIs.. I hope Indian boeard learns how to manage players workload.. This move will enable Hussey to have some good Cricket ahead of the Ashes.. had he played more in India, it wldn't have allowed him 'proper' Cricket next week as he would have rested Well done CA, but I wish you had listend to Huss a month ago as well

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    Dhoni needs a break as well. He's tired and it's showing. Cricinfo should do a piece on this; maybe Rajesh the stats guy could show how X number of continuous games, the averages of some batsman start to dip (and include Dhoni). Now that would be very useful.

    It's the little things that start to change when you're mentally fatigued - the reaction time slows that mili second, more doubt, less killer instinct. I'm a performance coach, I know.

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:18 GMT

    Harris, Tait, Bollinger, Johnson are missing and they are the key to world cup success. Don't forget, full strength Australia will have Watson, Ponting, Ferguson and Haddin back!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:16 GMT

    @Lions Rock . Why dont you talk about punter who fears to captain a aussie side against india? he is afraid that another loss against young india will make him crawl like senile. so stop talking about excuses.... Aussie are losers... Accept it.

  • A_J.. on October 21, 2010, 12:12 GMT

    it is d battle b/w d young brigade of d Indians, againest d young guns of Australians....................

    & afetr d second ODI, 'ts clear hu's gt d strong bench strength>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

  • Nipun on October 21, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    The ODI series is not being given any importance by either side.Why bother playing i then?It seems like India A was playing Australia A in the ODI match.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 21, 2010, 12:06 GMT

    @ devilzone-3 The Ausus tooare a bunch of idiots on foreign soil and now a days at home ground too!

    @ Lions_Rock - India won the Asia cup. Get ur facts right. If you do not have excuses, why are you complaining about URDS?? :P

  • Amitbajare on October 21, 2010, 12:03 GMT

    @ devilzone-3. spoken like a true ozie. only thing ozies are a bunch of idiots away and at home also

  • on October 21, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    This is ridiculous .. have the aussies gone out of their mind... i mean it seems they are just too much shattered with the thrashing from India that they didnt even decide at one time what to do or what not... This incident clearly indicates that now they are just thinking of playing the last match as a formality.... how many times this has happend in the past that a player has been excluded from for playing in domestic cricket .... This shows how much they are afraid of losing Ashes which is in contrast of the Austalian team that we know ...

  • Dubby49 on October 21, 2010, 11:52 GMT

    If Hussey was to go home and get his longer game in order prior the Ashes, why was he included in the ODI squad at all. He could have gone home with Ponting and co. A little disrepectful of your hosts to pull out a senior player in the middle of a tour because you feel he has something better to do.

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 21, 2010, 11:47 GMT

    australian and english players look bigger than their asian counterparts.....but seems its only from outside and not inside

    Poor hussey played 4 games in CLT20 and 2 tests and that made him so tired that he had to take rest........same for Bollinger...........

    I wonder how come they are considered more fitter than asian players who play through out the year without breaks...

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:45 GMT

    Now this is a telling sign of the decline of Aussie cricket. Players opting out of international duty in order to 'prepare' for a series against World #4. The great Aussie sides would have never abandoned post to fight on a different front. They would have backed themselves to win in India and anywhere in the world. The fear of the Australian team with regard to a home series against England is palpable. Sad. Till 5 years ago the Aussies would have not even acknowledged that they had to do anything other than just turn up at the ground to reclaim the Ashes. Sic Transit Gloria Mundi

  • crazysloggers on October 21, 2010, 11:42 GMT

    australians dont want to lose yet anothergame with hussey in the side.tats why they are sending all of them back..and would say after the second odi defeat that this is an young team..funny are the ways f the australians.

  • nani_cool21 on October 21, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    @mightyeleven common australia is a good team we can accept that. But u guys has to understand that u r in decline phase.India is a serious counterpart for u. But some how u r egoistic mindsets as usual never like to accept the facts.What exactly mean by flat wickets.A track which support spin is consider as flat tracks.How pity u have one of the great leg spinner shaneWarne please mind that.When u say Indian tracks are flat.That mean u r clearly accepting that we don't have good batting line up or indians far more superior in batting than us.Grow up dude when some body plays well try to accept that

  • king_dhoni on October 21, 2010, 11:35 GMT

    @devilzone-3, i think your living still in the era when australia use to win all the time, because if you open your eyes and look at the recent series, aussies have been more than "idiots" recently, losing to pakistan, england, india (2-0) all away; Remember this comment for the next few years, and see how india owns every one.

  • gr8game on October 21, 2010, 11:33 GMT

    how ridiculous is it if he is going back for Ashes or other games...Anybody would love to play for his country first. Moreover he is not playing a one dayer in India but playing a 4 day game at home. Is the Australian Cricket board declaring to the world that Aussies are better players when playing at home?? Shame on Aussie supporters....

  • nani_cool21 on October 21, 2010, 11:30 GMT

    Shocked to see australia team with out warner.Come on guys he is your real weapon.Can any body figure out the exact reason????

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:28 GMT

    @devilzone-3 ozs r a bunch of idiots....try to learn from india....we hv dented ur pride..nw we will tame ur spirit..just wait and watch...

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:24 GMT

    Find it a bit weird that Hussey is going back. The batting looks wanting in experience.

    And i hope Australia mange to win THE ASHES. Or all these hard headed Aussie fans will have tough time hiding their faces. Well most of you think that you still have these guys in playing eleven McGrath, Bevan, Hayden, Warne, Gilchrist, Langer.

    A good and honorable way is to accept defeat sportingly! And give credit to right people and not to skulk & crib about no UDRS & half strength sides and unfit players & runners.

  • rbtrivedi on October 21, 2010, 11:22 GMT

    @devilzone-3 : I know u r very emotional about the whole issue, but the team which u define as bunch of idiots is the one which defeated AUS in their backyard in Commonwealth Bank Series and not to offend u but dear the scoreline was 2-0 (best of three). So please control your emotions and please try and avoid calling any cricketing side idiots. Beside that your so called Aussie side with strong batting and bowling line up lost 3 test matches, does it mean that they are idiots in TEST MATCHES and that too outside Australia, so this whole issue ends here and I hope answer to your emotion are there within.

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    @devilzone-3: Man Indians played nice in Australia, but always beaten by Umpires and bad appeals. This is the fact and should accept it.

  • mukundagopala on October 21, 2010, 11:19 GMT

    Why have these farcical contests /What about the teeming crowds which gather ?If ashes is all ,then why have contests with other nations-england and australia can keep playing each other and we can all kill the game as it exists-actually this will be a boon -cricket can finally be killed and buried

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:14 GMT

    australians team has become very weak in all aspects....

  • BulBul_Pak on October 21, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    Well this is a reasonable decesion taken by CA. Its better for hussey to play some domestic cricket before home ashes.

  • tikna on October 21, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    With just 1 one day to go they realise now that Husy is over worked but while playing for Chennai Superkings he was asked to stay back despite wanting to come back!!! talk about hypocrits....

    Amidst all their ashes noise I now sincerely hope they get beaten by SL in their ODI series

  • gmathew on October 21, 2010, 11:07 GMT

    Aussies, Aussies such poor losers. Tsk….tsk..Read omments below: "Patrick Michielsen: "for the Australians there is no interest in playing on featherbeds in india". Lions Rock: Grow up please, you guys have lame excuses for every thing that happens… Most of the wins Indians have on test is simply because the URDS is not in place"Long Run.."nothing series in India' To all you poor losers India are top Test team in the World whether you like it or not. Lions Rock if URDS was in place & Billy had not sent Sharma & Gambhir away you'd have lost that first test pathetically. Featherbeds?'Nothing series ? Hahahahaha you are a scream guys. Go get some help.Ponting lost but during post match doublespeak sounded like he had actually won! Losing to India hurts. Aussie Discuss throw champion chickened out and did not come to India for the Commonwealth Games. Now she challenges the Indians girls who won to $20 K duel! Should we have seperate compettons for all Aussies, who lose?LMAO and ROF!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 11:05 GMT

    Hassey@ yaa, no point in wasting time in ODI, where anyways your are not going to win. rather concetrate on Ashes where you atleast have outside chance

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    it is a good decision atleast 4 the indians because now it will prove much easier 4 them 2 win the ODI in Goa

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Nothing should be read between the lines. Bollinger is not fit and is being sent home - in cse of Hussey, the Aussies feel that a four-day mach is best preparation for the 'Ashes' series - what is wrong in that. Horses for courses 1 Winning or losing are part of the gamer. We were mostly underdogs till the last decade. But how India bounced back astonishnigly in the last decade. Our overseas wins gave us the desired confidence. We could tame the South Africans in their backyard. We lost the series against Australia in Austalia because of the partisan umpire and as rightly said by the then catain Anil Kumble 'the only team that played cricket is India" citing a reference to the partisan umpire which cost India the match. I am referring to the not out given by umpire agains Andrew Symond when the whole world thought he was clearly caught behind. Now, we have amed this Australian tam at home, winning bny 2-0 in a wo Test series. Pl.donot underestime any team - it is a circle !

  • CharonTFm on October 21, 2010, 10:58 GMT

    Blah blah blah if some Indians bothered to READ it was Cricket Australias decision to send Huss home. If you want to blame someone then blame your useless BCCI who could have schedualed 3 meaningful Tests. Why is Tendulka being rested. Oh yeah he doesn't consider the ODI meaningful right?

  • QAS123 on October 21, 2010, 10:56 GMT

    hmmm, i think ICC should look up into this matter. There is something fishy, why they are loosing suddenly? The Second International of India and Australia maybe fixed, as when i saw the match Australian bowler give away some boundaries intentionally as after a tight line they started to throw away balls to hit for boundaries, also the run rate was really bad in the beggining, where as Hussey and Calrke not seems to play carefully but slowly as they don't want to hit teh boundaries which was very easy to come at that time, as both of them are good striker of the ball. Don't forget INDIA is the biggest heaven for match Fixers and all match fxing starts and end in INDIA itself. So by saying the matches which even include test matches can be fixed and we cannot believe Australian as they also got the history of Fixtures in term of Shane Warne and Mark Waugh. So please ICC now open your eyez for white players as well. Tere is something fishy.

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:54 GMT

    Aussie's have accepted their Tour Defeat and Since they will be fighting for the lost cause, they are making player go home so to avoid ashes embarrassment.

  • Apache_Indian on October 21, 2010, 10:44 GMT

    @ devilzone-3 Don't be ashamed of your country, :) tell me where are are your from ?

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:43 GMT

    devilzone-3 -you aussies are sledgers,cheaters,racists by blood, you cant win matches without glen mcgrath,shane warne..we INDIANS are a WORLD CHAMPION team-we have won against SRI LANKA without ZAHHER KHAN,HARBHAJAN SINGH,GAUTAM GAMBHIR..WE HAVE BEATEN THE AUSSIES WITHOUT VVS PROFOUND LAXMAN,ISHANT SHARMA..WE ARE WINNING MATCHES WITHOUT THE PRESENCE OF LEGENDARY INDIAN CRICKETERS JAVAGAL SRINATH,SOURAV GANULY,ANIL KUMBLE...you aussies are now no.5...and u aussies have to bow down their heads beofre WE INDIANS...

  • Rameshkumar_G on October 21, 2010, 10:38 GMT

    Mr. devilzone, I think the australians never get back after losing the serias against india from their (your) home ground. Think of you guys, check your ranking and player averages.. don't lose your words blindly. Do you know one thing, here lot of fans is there for australian cricket players as much as equal to indian players. Guys, you won't predict future, India may or mya not win the ICC cup, but now Australians losing.. that's the point. World cup, or any other cup, Everything is cricket, you should have spirit, faith and guts when ever playing a match.

  • vishwa_a on October 21, 2010, 10:34 GMT

    @devilzone-3: Be thoughtful before you say something stupid. You are saying Indians are a bunch of idiots on foreign soil. What about Aussies? Aren't they realy bunch of idiots on foreign (Indian) soil by loosing all matches so badly that they have lost interest in the game itself?

  • Nick78 on October 21, 2010, 10:32 GMT

    How can this possibly be seen as a bad decision, preparing for an Ashes series is far more important than playing in another meaningless one dayer

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:26 GMT

    Forget Aussies Winning against India and Ashes..the way u r playing the next time u will have 2 play against Zimbabwe instead of ashes becoz u r not worth it..

  • Rajeshwaran on October 21, 2010, 10:23 GMT

    @devilzone-3: Is that why Australians guys lost the last VB series to the Indians in Australia 2-0 during the last tour? If you guys are not fit enough to play in India, dont underestimate India. If you say that you guys are world champs, why can't you win against India in India.

    @CricEshwar: If you talk about fitness and Bollinger's fitness is the reason and he shouldn't have played for Chennai super kings, then why is Hussey going back when we are talking that playing for the country is important. Now that Aussies have lost the 1st one day to avoid a white wash they have to win the 2nd ODI. Does Cricket Australia thinks that Sheffield Shield is more important that the One Day International games?

  • on October 21, 2010, 10:20 GMT

    They will have to rest all the players during the world cup as its been played in the subcontinent. I really don't think they will give importance to world cup aswell if their domestic season is not finished by then..

  • Apache_Indian on October 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    @ Shehryar Shaukat Khan ...I had to read your comment twice to make me believe that it was actually written by a Pakistani :D .. Yup, this World-Cup will we be won by one of the Asian teams. We saw what Bangladesh did to NZ in Bangladesh.

  • mdhyderali on October 21, 2010, 10:18 GMT

    Excellent decision Aussies. I used to love watching Aus play with full aggression in d past. Aus are no more a force now, even bangladesh mite beat them. They lost both d test, now on brink of losing both ODIs as well. Inspite of that, They called hussey back. I think they read future, even hussey mite not b able to make his team win an ODI now.

  • nzcricket174 on October 21, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Did Hussey get a choice? To me it seems Australia are in shambles after the slip to 5th in Test Rankings. Please sort yourself out Cricket Australia, I expect an Ashes victory out of you.

  • Apache_Indian on October 21, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    "Hussey is being sent back to play Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match against South Australia" ........I'm not sure if this is the real reason. Well, Australia need in-form & FIT Hussey & Bollinger in Ashes. I wouldn't be surprised, if Aussies decide to leave some of the players for the ODIs with Sri Lanka, too. I would say - GOOD DECISION. Hussey has gained enough experience of playing in sub-continent which will help in World-Cup. Now, he needs to concentrate on Ashes.

  • coooldude on October 21, 2010, 9:59 GMT

    @DEVILZONE-3....first check d recent records of indian team nd den check ur nonsense comment.......

  • on October 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Lets face it... nobody can blame Bolinger of Hussey for anything... !! the fact that Hussey and Bolinger wanted to come to India prior to the CLT20 semifinal is the testament of the commitment these men have towards Australia... !! They were only prevented from doing so by their franchise which pressurized them to stay behind... ! Also 2 points to notice 1) Ponting was never happy with the prospect of playing a mini series in India just a month before an Ashes both of which requires months of preparation before its advent 2) England is coming of a great series against pakistan and is more settled and has less injury concerns than Australia, which on the other hand, has out of form Ponting and Clarke , an Injured Bolinger, Out or sort Johnson and a work horse in Hilfenhaus and settling them up before the chase of for urn begins is very important... !! hence I dont see anything wrong in pulling out key player out the wretched tour of India and focus on ashes... !!

  • CricketPissek on October 21, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    @ashok_indiancricfan - since the IPL? :P on a more serious note, this is keeping the Ashes in mind. And a test series, let alone the ashes, will always be more important than an ODI series. Good that he played in a couple of them ahead of the world cup to get used to the subcont. conditions, but the Ashes is the next thing on their mind so am sure they've got the balance right

  • Apache_Indian on October 21, 2010, 9:57 GMT

    Doesn't matter much ! In fact, it will give Warner the opportunity he has been waiting for. Good !

  • kazam_razaq on October 21, 2010, 9:55 GMT

    they r always doing things like that. it should have to be an ODI series but bcoz india is good in tests these days so they played 2 tests but australia's focus is ASHES.true they lost the series 2-0 but INDIA is not the side which AUSTRALIA was used to be.they only need HAYDEN-LANGER or HAYDEN-GILCHRIST type of agressive pair at the top and a good spinner

  • CricEshwar on October 21, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    This sounds just ridiculous after what clarke, ponting and even hussey kept reiterating on the importance in playing for the country. May be next time they will come up with importance of playing 'in the country' may be.

  • on October 21, 2010, 9:43 GMT

    Is is a home series that these players are quiting to play!!!!!!!Hussey is taking match as if it is not an international series

  • BowlingForever on October 21, 2010, 9:34 GMT

    @Chandrasekar Vasudevan - Yeah they probably are doing what the indians did for the asia cup. Lost to both NZ and SL and kept on going about a half strength team!indians played with out ghambir and zaheer and put that out as an excuse.Pathetic! Grow up please, you guys have lame excuses for every thing that happens. What ever the aussies do they dont put around lame excuses like the indian fans do! Most of the wins indians have on test is simply because the URDS is not in place and all of the fans know it. I'd love to see how india would play without sachin,dravid,laxman against the aussies. WOnder if kohli would bat a century?

  • on October 21, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    for the australians there is no intrest in playing on featherbeds in india since they have the all important ashes coming up. hussey is a man of considerable age and might need his rest to be at the best for the gabba test. sensible reasons i'd say...weird that dougie has not been sent back earlier they were never gonna take any risks by bringing him in too early. hussey played marvellous during the second odi with a near run-a-ball 70! which is proper pace with fireworks like white too come... the reall problem ( and this is nothing new) is michael clarke who crawled to his century ( dont get how he has problems adjusting to the different formats he plays em all in the same speed!)

  • boooonnie on October 21, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    in a recent article i made the suggestion that we send all our test players home to get four day practise for the upcoming ashes. wow - it looks like they were listening to me

  • devilzone-3 on October 21, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    Indians love to play n win in their home conditions. But they are a bunch of idiots on foreign soil.

  • mitgop11 on October 21, 2010, 9:18 GMT

    Perhaps the best way to prepare for the Ashes. Hussey is an important member of the team. Especially Clarke and North are not in best of form (dont count North's one off hundred in Bangalore) Hussey has to carry the middle / lower middle order throughout the series. This, i think is a sensible decision by CA as the third ODI is of less importance when compared to the Ashes. Hussey giving importane to local side than National side is baseless. At the end of the day, Hussey is only preparing to (re)claim the much more treasured prize for the nation -- The Ashes!!

  • coooldude on October 21, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    @HUSSEY, aus do need hussey for tha final ODI,i dont think now dey have any chance of winning dat match,bad decision mr.hussey.....playing for country is more imprtant...

  • on October 21, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    Ridiculous decision... if he had to return home early, why he even played? they could have played ponting or watson instead and rested hussey for series... good decision australia well done... lol

  • mightyeleven on October 21, 2010, 9:08 GMT

    @chadrasekhar vasudevan : Common man its just india won a good match but they didnt even manage to win a home series against Aus for the past few years in indian soil .... Currently indian team looks great but i dont think they are going to win the worldcup neither does australia. Indians play for endorsements :( Real cricket is Test cricket and Ashes holds a great pride for both Eng and Aus not the mere 3 one day series on flat tracks. These days there is no great difference between baseball hitting and batting on flat tracks. It doesnt make any good for cricket.How many of the indian cricketers play in Ranji Cricket ... they hardly play less than 5-6 matches in a year. It's a good rest for the off form hussey .. so that he can perform better in ashes and i think its a caution for exclusion of hussey.

  • Foxswoop on October 21, 2010, 9:05 GMT

    Let's face it, this is another unmeaningful one day series that will be forgotten in a couple of weeks time. The Australian's focus is on the upcoming Ashes series and with Hussey given the chance to spend some meaningful time in the centre in Australian conditions. It wasn't Hussey's choice but the Aussie selectors choice and one in which I totally agree. As any true cricket fan will tell you, test matches (and especially the Ashes) are still more important than any one day tournament can ever be.

    One question to all the Indian fans though, where are is Tendulkar & co? Instead of critising the Aussies, why not look a bit closer to home.

  • EastAttack on October 21, 2010, 8:59 GMT

    Just put Warner opening;and he will smash India with White and then Australia don't need Hussey or Clarke.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    Just few days back Clake mentioned that "Country must come First" http://www.cricinfo.com/india-v-australia-2010/content/story/479093.html

    Does he meant that domestic cricket must come before ODI for national side?

    may be Michel wants to prove the point that he can do whatever he wants ... no matter what captain says / wants.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:57 GMT

    @Rajasekhar Kuknoor, Binoj Xavier and Ashok_indiancricfan, can you guess what I'm going to talk about? I believe Hussey is not choosing state over country, he is being smart. He has a big summer ahead of him, including the biggest test series in the world atm- The Ashes, he has played alot of cricket away in the last few months and he is being smart to go home and get back to playing in home conditions and 4 day cricket. He does not want to get fatigue or risk injury in this odi which although is important, with all due respect logically pales in comparison with the Ashes.

  • longrun on October 21, 2010, 8:55 GMT

    for the silly ones, hussey would have been pushed onto that plane home. fact is we have the ashes to prepare for, and a world cup. i'd rather win these two than a nothing series in india. having said that, we still want to win every game we play. i did not see the game but theonlyemporer (who usually talks rubbish) probably speaks the truth when saying the pace of the innings of clarke wasn't up to scratch, he does lack the devestaing acceleration to dominate and take the game away from the opposition. Remember punter is still odi el capitan too. i like the fact that people like to see australia down, makes it all the sweeter when balance is restored to the force and we take our rightful place a top the cricket world. fact is you best play your best to beat us, who-ever we put on the park.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    India have rested half of their best players as well.

  • Niju_001 on October 21, 2010, 8:52 GMT

    Ha ha ha.... Lost the test series 2-0, and now down under 1-0 to India in odi's. Its better to say we reserved our best players in view of ashes and worldcup... This aussie team has absolutely no confidence at all. Their body language is pathetic. I heard Sunny on air say this is not an australian team! So star player in or out... they are gonna lose hence its better to keep them away and tell them you are good. Maybe it'll do them good otherwise.... god save them.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    I'm seeing that some of my compatriots( read indians) are flaying aussies for sending hussey back. I guess this move makes sense as Hussey is very important member of test side and going through a lean patch. An outing down under rather than playing a inconsequential ODI in goa, will help him get into better shape for ashes as he's the guy who is quite meticulous in his approach to preparation for tests. It's purely a tactical move. Remember guys, Ashes is watershed moment for anglo-australian cricketers as success or failure there shapes up their future. So better prepare for it. We also rested almost half of the regular ODI side fore preparing for the future challenges. Regarding this ODI series we were a better team today and duly won it and sunday will be no different i guess as we have measure of this Australian team.....so take the chiill pill and enjoy.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:34 GMT

    australia just going through the motions now in india their whole mind is glued to ashes series they are just playing these odi because they are scheduled.really some non sense scheduling by bcci why in the hell bcci keeps setting 3 match series of odi wouldn't have been better if we had 3rd test with no odi's on this tour .Earlier in SA series in Feb same thing happened 2 great tests and we didn't had third one instead we had stupid 3 match odi series.

  • Marcio on October 21, 2010, 8:33 GMT

    The reality is that these games are a low priority for Australia. I wonder also if it's actually a silent snub for some of the way they have been treated by Indians in recent years, especially the relentless bashing by Indians on the internet and the press, the booing, certain umpiring issues and lack of a fair go all round. It's such an obvious feature of Indian culture these days that I'm sure they are just getting sick of it.

  • Kazzamers on October 21, 2010, 8:31 GMT

    As many have written in "workload reduction", is just a smokescreen. Aus unbelievably went in with just 4 front line batsmen, 5 frontline bowlers + Hopes. No wonder , hussey clarke were slow. But for white, aus crazy selection w ould have been exposed.

    Now, with Warner in , ferguson in, Smith out...Aus can win last odi...indians will also be "relaxed" ...other than vijay.....

  • asillypoint on October 21, 2010, 8:30 GMT

    Some really funny comments. All a bit of a farcical really really. Given that Clarke had a worse test series against India than Hussey, why on earth isn't he rested "As part of the ongoing individual workload management". Dam it, send them all back so they can rest " ahead of an exciting Australian summer and the World Cup in the subcontinent". The Australian cricket team and the selectors are a total mess - why send Hussey back now, why not when Watson and Ponting upped stumps?

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:29 GMT

    (I am not an Indian fan because i am Pakistan supporter but the below comment is the first in my life i guess that praises indian side a bit :P because this is the first time that i really am impressed by any Indian outfit)

    This confirms Aussies priorities :D. They want Hussey to be in form for the Ashes so they are sending him back to play a Sheffield shield match rather than focusing their thoughts on the ODI series in India where it seems that they would lose to side which doesn't even have Sehwag, Gambhir or Tendulkar. The Aussies think that they will win the worldcup again this time around as well. I am sure that they will be made to lick their wounds when they wont even qualify for the Semis of the Worldcup.

  • sweetspot on October 21, 2010, 8:25 GMT

    @ Arun Ganapathy - The Aussies do give some importance to their domestic tournament but it is only in preparation for bigger challenges. Their bench is strong enough to make the domestic tournaments important and competitive. Right now, this looks like they're worried about the Ashes. They thought the India tour would be a bit of a workout before the Ashes, but India has become a bit of an embarrassing tour for them. So they're cutting their losses here, nothing more. It would be horrible to have a strike bowler and a key batsman figure in one more loss to India, after what is already a pretty depressing tour.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Australia Cricket Borad take care the players helath.Actualy we miss the Bollinger bowling.Any way India team will achive the target.

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Thes Aussies are preparin for the Ashes , as the England are in vry gud form!! Aussies hav lost ashes only once in HOME. May b tat could b the reason to keep out the bollinger nd hussey .

  • kirkmack on October 21, 2010, 8:21 GMT

    Both players played in Champs League to long and are feeling the pinch and both were a little under so chasing the money must mean more then playing for country. On another note how good were the vics finally getting game time Hasting arguably our best bowler and white what a beast ODI captain imho not clarke it was like a test match for him out there clarke that was

  • on October 21, 2010, 8:20 GMT

    They don't have any other option... Good Decision...

  • rshn on October 21, 2010, 8:19 GMT

    good point made by Rajasekhar... Ponting was cribbing about hussey joining the sqad late and priority should be given to the national team. Now what?

    or does this mean aussies have given up? they are certain that this would be a whitewash?

  • SUD_DESHMUKH on October 21, 2010, 8:10 GMT

    its a good decision!!!!!!!

  • Josh_Schon81 on October 21, 2010, 8:04 GMT

    does this mean dave warner is opening the batting? hmmmm...... , and come on. what is with the bowling attack? Hastings, maybe - but Starc? Come on. At least 5 other aussies better and more deserving than him.

  • jonesy2 on October 21, 2010, 7:51 GMT

    good decision both are super important come the test matches this summer

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 21, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Let's face it, if India easily chased down 289 after a whirlwind attack by White, it was felt by all at the end of the day, that the Hussey partnership with Clarke was not upto pace. Maybe, we'll now see Warner and White move up the order with a lot more freedom to Clarke to handle the batting line up as he pleases before the crucial Goa match. Besides, everybody agrees, that the Aussie concern for the Ashes in Aus, is the Aus bowling attack being in place and not the Aus batting. "Work load management" seems to be the new buzz word if a good player has to be replaced ahead of a crucial series determining match. Yeah, managing egos and keeping people happy is everything.

  • sumeet_77 on October 21, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    please tell in detail ,y they leave

  • ashok_cricfan on October 21, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    since when national tournaments have gained more importance than country's pride ?

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    They wanna make this series more easy for india ........ and then they can say that india has won the series cos aussie wasnt playing with full strength ....... :) good old tricks .......... the fact is aussie dont take the defeat with pride ...... This is a sport not a battle field :) should not cry for defeat :(

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Hussey must have realised that anyway they are going to be thrashed again by india in the final ODI..so just fleeing to save his face...bravo hussey..well done!..Lol!!

  • sathishbabu4u on October 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    aussies not take much interest in india ODI's

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    @Michael Hussey Well. Playing for country is less important?

  • amit_mangal30 on October 21, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    wow...so now, do I get a chance to play, or wait for clarke to depart too :D

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    So at last Hussey is preferring to play for his local team ahead of his National Team. Hussey wants to leave champions League early to play for Australia. Now Hussey wants to leave early to play for his local team.

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Look at the importance Aussies give to their domestic tournament - here, our guys opt out of it !

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  • on October 21, 2010, 6:33 GMT

    Look at the importance Aussies give to their domestic tournament - here, our guys opt out of it !

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:35 GMT

    So at last Hussey is preferring to play for his local team ahead of his National Team. Hussey wants to leave champions League early to play for Australia. Now Hussey wants to leave early to play for his local team.

  • amit_mangal30 on October 21, 2010, 6:38 GMT

    wow...so now, do I get a chance to play, or wait for clarke to depart too :D

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:42 GMT

    @Michael Hussey Well. Playing for country is less important?

  • sathishbabu4u on October 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    aussies not take much interest in india ODI's

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:47 GMT

    Hussey must have realised that anyway they are going to be thrashed again by india in the final ODI..so just fleeing to save his face...bravo hussey..well done!..Lol!!

  • on October 21, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    They wanna make this series more easy for india ........ and then they can say that india has won the series cos aussie wasnt playing with full strength ....... :) good old tricks .......... the fact is aussie dont take the defeat with pride ...... This is a sport not a battle field :) should not cry for defeat :(

  • ashok_cricfan on October 21, 2010, 6:51 GMT

    since when national tournaments have gained more importance than country's pride ?

  • sumeet_77 on October 21, 2010, 7:05 GMT

    please tell in detail ,y they leave

  • TheOnlyEmperor on October 21, 2010, 7:08 GMT

    Let's face it, if India easily chased down 289 after a whirlwind attack by White, it was felt by all at the end of the day, that the Hussey partnership with Clarke was not upto pace. Maybe, we'll now see Warner and White move up the order with a lot more freedom to Clarke to handle the batting line up as he pleases before the crucial Goa match. Besides, everybody agrees, that the Aussie concern for the Ashes in Aus, is the Aus bowling attack being in place and not the Aus batting. "Work load management" seems to be the new buzz word if a good player has to be replaced ahead of a crucial series determining match. Yeah, managing egos and keeping people happy is everything.