IPL 2014 news May 12, 2014

Super Kings sign David Hussey as replacement

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia batsman David Hussey will replace Dwayne Bravo in the Chennai Super Kings' squad for the rest of the 2014 IPL season. Super Kings announced it on their official Twitter account. They also retweeted Hussey saying, "Just recd some amazing news!!!!! Can't wait until tomorrow.... Get in there!!!!"

Incidentally, Hussey had been involved with the IPL as a television commentator for the host broadcaster. The 36-year-old, who has played 69 ODIs and 39 T20s for Australia, has plenty of IPL experience, having featured in 23 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders and 36 matches for Kings XI Punjab in previous seasons. In all, he has scored 1206 runs at an average of 25.65 and a strike rate of 122.93, with four half-centuries. His brother Michael Hussey was one of Super Kings' finest overseas players, scoring 1691 runs in 46 games between 2008 to 2013.

Bravo, the West Indies allrounder, was ruled out of the tournament after injuring his shoulder while fielding against Kings XI Punjab during Super Kings' first match in 2014.

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  • vas on May 17, 2014, 9:50 GMT

    BMac is flying home for the birth of his child and will miss matches on may 22nd and 24th, says cricinfo article, No mention of him missing the play offs/finals due to international duty. So David will definitely replace him for those two matches. CSK has to rejig the batting order. Faf or BAparajith can open, with David playing in the middle order.

  • ESPN on May 15, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Kane Williamson would have been a better choice. Top batsman and good bowler

  • Shiva on May 14, 2014, 10:19 GMT

    First of all its a Great move by the CSK.. CSK would have liked Ravi Bopara, Luke Wright kind of un selfish players but they are stuck in some tours.. David Hussey is not a Bad player though..He is a very strong batsman and play very well against spin..remember super over against Ashwin in champions league he won the match single handed.. David is a handi bowler too and very experienced player for any team. They all appraising Maxwell because he is fearless in that case even chris gayle couldnt win IPL final when its needed.. so we needed a player who know how to play regarding the situation.. My team will be Faf and Smith opens where hussey will be in middle order. CSK should try with matt, hastings or hilfy.. to have a better fast bowler since hussey can fill the 3rd or 4th spinner in the team.. where is there is no need of local players like manhas.. If hussey wins one match for CSK all this ppl will shut their mouth than the un responsible maxwell.

  • Na on May 14, 2014, 5:20 GMT

    From the NZ's WI tour itinerary, i saw that the first warm up match is from 29th May. Being the captain of the side, Baz will surely be there right from the first match. That would mean, he MAY miss the Q1 at Eden Gardens on 27th. With Q2 and Finals at Mumbai and Bangalore, CSK would certainly need a fire power in the middle, with Faf being promoted to open with Smith. In that sense, this is a good move.

  • TR on May 14, 2014, 4:42 GMT

    Maxwell can be contained only by good pace yorkers. CSK bowlers are magnanimous enough to donate 120 length balls in each match. They need good pace bowler - meaning with yorker skills - which is scarce. Unfortunately the experienced Indian bowlers have NOT learnt consistent yorkers in the last 8 years or so since the T20 era started. Shami, Bhuvi, MSharma, Aaron, PraveenKumar, Sandeep Sharma, IPandey, etc bowl very few (< 3 may be per match) yorkers. Many err resulting in full-toss or over-pitched deliveries.

  • ashok on May 14, 2014, 0:10 GMT

    CSK will win as long as Nehra is not playing... CSK desperately needs a fast bowler of bret lee/steyn mould and everything else has been taken care of...

  • Dummy4 on May 13, 2014, 19:27 GMT

    They want to know how to stop maxwell. That's why they got David ;) what happens when bravo comes back next year? At times they need players for the nets, or simply to fill in a slot. CSK should have got a real fast bowler or a fast bowling allrounder. Or even a hitter at the top. They have got him after so many matches...ok got it. Mike hussey wrote a book and he passes some messages to CSK. But if mike is there then eyebrows are raised so David carries a message.

  • Sriram on May 13, 2014, 14:12 GMT

    Its a good decision as he has as sound cricketing knowledge, but will he every play in IPL 7 with only 4 league games to go? Who can he replace with Smith, McCullum, Faf all secured with thier places. Badree has done well in all 3 outings so far and i cant see Dhoni choosing David ahead of Badree! David can come in only if Faf gets injured to give that middle order a boost. But if Smith or Mccullum is injured then we have problem as other than Baba i cant see anyone else opening!

  • Android on May 13, 2014, 12:18 GMT

    It's a good by actually, though he gonna decorate the bench for the whole season considering the consistent performance of CSK batters. I think they should have gone for a strike bowler, which would have been handy for them in the play offs.

  • hamish on May 13, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    Good move. Hopefully this means that McCullum is planning to play both warm-up games prior to the 1st test in the West Indies and will fly out from India at the end of May. This is a big chance for NZ to win a test series abroad, but it is crucial that the players are well-prepared, so that there isn't a repeat of the last series in the Caribbean.

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