Australia in Sri Lanka 2011 August 3, 2011

Hussey braced for spinning surfaces

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David Hussey, the Australia batsman, has counselled his team to be prepared for a succession of slow pitches and a spin-laden Sri Lankan bowling attack in the limited overs matches that start with a Twenty20 fixture in Kandy on Saturday.

Australia's cricketers have played plenty of cricket on the subcontinent lately, but their skills will again be tested by the variety of slow bowling offered up by the home side, which must cope without the speed of Lasith Malinga. He has been ruled out of the T20 matches and may yet miss the ODI series also, having retired from Test cricket.

"They're definitely home-favoured wickets," Hussey told AAP in Colombo. "A lot of spin involved, I guess the players just have to get their heads around playing in the different conditions. Facing many overs of spin and working out the zones to either clear the pickets or to run hard and get twos and threes. I think that's the key in the limited overs form.

"(Also) being as fit as you possibly can. Charging for maybe four twos in the over to get the eight runs there and maybe a boundary to finish off the over is a pretty good effort. I think you'll see the T20s par will be the 145-150 range rather than a 190 which you might see in Australia."

Tillakaratne Dilshan, the Sri Lanka captain, was adamant that his team could cover for the loss of Malinga, through a combination of youth and the shrewd use of spin bowlers.

"This happens to any cricketer but it is a good opportunity for a youngster who is selected to showcase his talent," Dilshan said of Malinga. "We will leave no stone unturned and have included four spinners in the team. We don't know anything about the wicket yet and the final side will only be selected after inspecting the pitch. Australia usually play very hard. They may be a bit inexperienced. But they are tough opponents."

Sri Lanka have a new, home-grown coach in the shape of Rumesh Ratnayake after the departure of Trevor Bayliss. Stuart Law was Bayliss' assistant and played the role of caretaker on the recent tour of England before Ratnayake's appointment. Dilshan praised the new man's ability to make the players feel comfortable.

"Rumesh's influence, although for a short time, has been very good. The younger players feel comfortable to walk up and talk to the head coach, and discuss their shortcomings. I hope we do well," Dilshan said.

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  • Dummy4 on August 6, 2011, 5:12 GMT

    this article starting with david but people commenting abt Michael? :O

  • Andrew on August 4, 2011, 23:30 GMT

    My previous blog didn't get posted for some unknown reason. Basically I explained that this type of article (not a beat up), usually involves a leading question like "Mr Hussey, do you think the SL pitches will favour the home spinners?" Then Hussey replies "They're definitely home-favoured wickets," Hussey told AAP in Colombo. "A lot of spin involved, I guess the players just have to get their heads around playing in the different conditions" SL fans - he is only saying that it is a challenge for Oz players who grow up on bouncier pitches. I am all in favour of variety, my bias is that I tend to believe that bouncier pitches leads to more dynamic cricket. The backfoot cross bat shots are some of the most exciting strokes in the game. I think SL & India SHOULD have turners, but I do believe there needs to be more life in those pitches otherwise your sides will ALWAYS underperform overseas.

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    They should give this guy a Phd. What a smart guy, LOL

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    Oh poor Hussy talking about Sri Lanka's home favored wickets ... when did they make visitor favored wickets in Australia ... to cover up their inability he is talking all these things ... and For Rumyfala ... my friend SL struggle only one session in England but this world number 1 India were outplayed all the time ...

  • Travis on August 4, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    Lighten up, people. Hussey isn't complaining, he was just answering a question from the media. I suppose you all think that if MS Dhoni gets asked a question about Australian pitches and mentions that they happen to be bouncier than Indian pitches he'd be complaining too? Or would you prefer that he just refused to answer the question? Get over yourselves.

  • Christopher on August 4, 2011, 6:36 GMT

    Another brave announcement by a senior australian cricketer-this time,Mike Hussey.Is there a cricket follower on the planet who doesnt know that sub-continental wickets are low bouncing turners that favour spin?

  • Dummy4 on August 4, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    I think what Mr. Cricket is trying to say is somewhat lost in translation. Here, he's simply warning that they, the Aussies, best be prepared for the tough battle that lies ahead in spinning conditions.

  • Fala on August 4, 2011, 3:50 GMT

    Oh Ya Sarfaraz thats why the Sri Lankans got thrashed in England and now the Indians are getting the same treatment. The sub continent teams will never play well on fast pitches on a regular basis unless they start preparing fast tracks in their home countries. ENG/AUS/SA though they have fast tracks they also have slow turning pitches.

  • rahul on August 4, 2011, 2:36 GMT

    i m an indian and really dsappointed by my team performance in england so i m taking some interest in this series . test series will be surely win by srilanka . as they have very good spin attack . aussies cannot play spin good enough . even our indian batsmen strrugle against mendis and randiv in the past . odi & t20 will be intersting to see .

  • rahul on August 4, 2011, 2:26 GMT

    come on hussey .every country use home advantage . when our subcontinenta lside travels to eng, aus, sa they also make green & bouncy pitches .

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