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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  • on August 6, 2011, 5:12 GMT

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

  • Meety 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.

  • on August 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

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

  • 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 ...

  • Trapper439 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.

  • hyclass 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?

  • 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.

  • rumyfala 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.

  • rahulcricket007 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 .

  • rahulcricket007 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 .

  • on August 6, 2011, 5:12 GMT

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

  • Meety 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.

  • on August 4, 2011, 19:43 GMT

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

  • 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 ...

  • Trapper439 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.

  • hyclass 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?

  • 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.

  • rumyfala 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.

  • rahulcricket007 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 .

  • rahulcricket007 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 .

  • on August 3, 2011, 23:16 GMT

    Sri Lanka can win the T20s, that trophy looks awful

  • on August 3, 2011, 23:04 GMT

    Wickets in Sri Lanka will spin? You're kidding me! Who would have thought! This is real exclusive stuff from Mr Cricket.

  • Cric_fan921 on August 3, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    Are you sure it was Mike Hussey who said these? SMH is saying it was David Hussey!

  • donda on August 3, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    I would love to see how aussies play spin in sri lanka but by far srilanka will miss Murli a lot. Murli was the difference maker, nay any team can beat srilanka in srilanka.

    Mendis was suppose to be good but he is not putting great effort. So no current spin threat on the horizon.

  • Herath-UK on August 3, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    Sri Lanka won both T20 and ODI series last summer in Australia.Home conditions or not it will be a thrashing to Aussies this time,sorry Hussey. Ranil Herath -Kent

  • yorkslanka on August 3, 2011, 17:29 GMT

    I absolutely agree with maddy20, what does hussey expect?us to to prepare wickets that resemble Australia's?...It is the same in every country so its a pretty silly comment...

  • kaushiq on August 3, 2011, 16:48 GMT

    ppl like to play in their strong side, they like it even more if their stron point is opponents weakness. so its pretty obvious tht asian pitch will b slower than aussie/english pitch i odnt think hussey is complaining, just stating a point

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:07 GMT

    Whats wrong if home team gets home advantage? Is that now how it is supposed to be? When Aus/Eng/SA prepare pitches is it not considered home advantage? Are they sporting enough to prepare pitches suited to Ind/Pak/SL that time ? A grand slam champion in tennis is one who win on clay.grass/artificial turf? Similarly a good cricket team should be able to play on all types of pitches

  • on August 3, 2011, 16:04 GMT

    Whats wrong if home team gets home advantage? Is that now how it is supposed to be? When Aus/Eng/SA prepare pitches is it not considered home advantage? Are they sporting enough to prepare pitches suited to Ind/Pak/SL that time ? A grand slam champion in tennis is one who win on clay.grass/artificial turf? Similarly a good cricket team should be able to play on all types of pitches

  • popcorn on August 3, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    Not to worry.For a fact, Michael Clarke,Ricky Ponting, Brad Haddin,Shane Watson and Mike Hussey are excellent players of spin.

  • CricketChat on August 3, 2011, 14:57 GMT

    Quite obvious strategy. The only bowling advantage SL have over Aus is in spin dept. Their pace bowlers have been exposed cruelly in Eng which are pace bowler friendly. SL must prepare spinning tracks to have any chance against Aus.

  • CricketFan2011WC on August 3, 2011, 14:33 GMT

    This shows how badly Aus-team is prepared for the SL-series, providing some pre-excuses. Please rather provide a good fight and try to win. It is all common sense that home pithes provide home advantage. Don't you have the same in your country. Do not be like Ponting like he was during the world cup...

  • on August 3, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Despite being an Indian Fan I will support Oz to win the series.Go Aussies.

  • satanswish on August 3, 2011, 13:52 GMT

    This series win is essential for revival of Aussie force they are known for. Best Luck Aussies!

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    AUSSIES WILL WIN THE T2OS FOR SURE!

  • taniap on August 3, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Well, if you cannot play on spinning pitches, how could you call yourself a cricketer? Home favoured wickets? Did you expect anything different when you are on tour? I'd like to see a pace unfriendly pitch at WACCA someday....

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:11 GMT

    By saying so hussey has already prepared ground for escape in case they play badly & loose.Smart cricketer isn't it?

  • on August 3, 2011, 13:06 GMT

    key 2 australia , especially in subcontinent will be ponting's form. he is too good a player to b ruled out. and he is waiting 2 prove a point.exciting series ahead only if rain doesnt play spoil-sport.

  • Dashgar on August 3, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    Seems our older players spend more time talking to the media than they do practicing their cover drive. Please Australia can we get some serious new blood into the team. Hussey, Haddin, Katich, Ponting and Clarke have already lost us a couple of ashes series'. Lets bring in some youth and some players in their prime so that next time the big sides come to Australia we don't get embarressed again.

  • AKS286 on August 3, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    yes hussey thats why katich, jaques, voges, beer must be in the team. PLZ no hughes vey poor with his tecniques its better to open with marsh. BEER will enjoy the condition bcoz he is a left armer. watson, jaques, katich/clarke, ponting, hussey, voges(cap), haddin(VC), johnson, siddle, beer, mckay. better is katich.

  • MENDIS_Forever on August 3, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    @ Truemans_Ghost : I thought the otherwise.AUS winning the Tests ,and SL winning the Limited over games. Our SL team is not that good in Tests now.That doesn't mean our SL lions aren't brave enough.

  • RandyOZ on August 3, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    More than happy for them to keep their spinning wickets Huss. Wish we could keep our fast bouncy pitches. The more diversity in the pitches, the harder it is for away teams to win. This in turn promotes great rivalries and makes away series wins more important and special. As we can all agree on, this means better all-round, technically correct, test cricketers

  • flightedchinaman on August 3, 2011, 12:39 GMT

    He's not complaining about the pitches, he never has, he's said a few words in a press conference and you guys go on the attack and take it out of proportion. Stop being so immature yourselves and get over it.

  • Drew12 on August 3, 2011, 12:28 GMT

    Coming from an Australian where pitches do vary (rather than just suiting the Aus side as it is at a certain moment in time) this is not, what these comments suggest, an obvious thing. There are no fast, pacy pitches in Aus any more, except perhaps the GABBA and maybe the WACA is coming back to its norm but has been poor for a while. It is true though that when playing in the sub continent against Sri Lanka or india expect taylor made pitches for the home side. So I think the comment was to reinforce a suspicion the team had already assumed was true.

  • on August 3, 2011, 12:14 GMT

    When SL or any other Asian countries visit Aus, do you provide them flat tracks? I have never scene such. You provide fast and bouncy tracks for them. At that time, you don't tell such things right? Same here.. what ever the country you travel, you get pitches that suites for the home side. No difference in that. But the matter of fact is, don't forget Sri Lanka beat Ausi side in the previous one day series which was there in Australian soil even they were fact and bouncy pitches. So, try to do the same without making out excuses before you loose the series. Where it is spinning, bouncy, fast what ever, you will loose this series.

  • dinosaurus on August 3, 2011, 12:05 GMT

    Australia is a very big place - and there is substantial climate (and soil type) variation. I'm 73 years old, and Sydney always spins, Adelaide is always Adelaide and Perth has always been fast. Melbourne changed a bit with the "drop-in" pitches. The huge crowd winter sport of AFL football competes with cricket for the use of the MCG, hence the "drop-in" pitches. There's pressure from the AFL for a "drop-in" pitch in Brisbane too. In my lifetime the only substantial change to how a Test pitch plays in Australia has been in Brisbane, where the pitch is now fast, where it used to be dead.

  • Herath-UK on August 3, 2011, 11:52 GMT

    Has he forgotten Sri Lanka won the T20 and the ODI series as late as last summer;could he say those are home favoured pitches in SL;on the contrary to escape a whitewash in the ODIs Aussie gave a nasty bouncy wicket in Brisbane to scrape to a win in the 3ODI.Whatever it is wonder why you are not made the Aussie captain with such a brilliant brain! Ranil Herath -Kent

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:49 GMT

    hussey...any person who knows atleast a small thing about cricket would know that the pitches would turn.

    dont cry about the conditions, cry about the selection of the squad with more pacies than spinners.

  • stormy16 on August 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Not sure if I am overreacting and Hussey is just stating the obvious but what else does he expect. its just irritating to hear this constant issue with sub-continent wickets. Just the other day Tremlet called for bounce and pace for the 3rd test against SL which is fine but dont come to SL and start to comment on spinning tracks - there arent any other tracks in SL.

  • Chris_P on August 3, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    It is, I have to admit, stating the bleeding obvious. But really, if countries were serious about having aspirations for long term sucess at the top of the rankings, they should look at some diversity in their own wickets. The biggest factor holding back SL and India's continued run at the top is the lack of practice on wickets that are likely to seen on tours. I can really only comment on Australian and English pitches. Sydney has always been spin friendly, as has Adelaide. Brisbane is a seaming strip with bounce and pace, Melbourne has a little of all attirbutes, but favours pace and seam whilst Perth has been a road lately, nothing like the pacy bouncy pitch of years ago. That is changing. English wickets, while favouring seamers, especially when the weather kicks in, has pacy pitches at The Oval and spinning pitches as well. They, at least have some idea on pitches of all sorts, a fact that can't be levelled at SL or India.

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    players from asia do not complain bcz fast and bouncy pitches are better

  • tom_peter_scr on August 3, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    As a respectable senior player, also as someone represents one of the best teams, should not make such immature comments, the talent is to play different conditions in all three format of the game.

  • Truemans_Ghost on August 3, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    "Michael 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 is lucky to have senior player with such sharp insights!

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 3, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Australia will win the T20 and ODI series but lose the tests. I don't know how we did it, but we have great limited overs teams but an appalling test team. Please sack the selectors.

  • Trickz on August 3, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    OZZY OZZY OZZY

  • NIPPY_89 on August 3, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    aaaah... having pitches that favor the home side... its the same case with most of the test playing countries eg england, india, bangladesh and new zealand. Its how its been since i can remember so its nothing new.

  • chandau on August 3, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    "They're definitely home-favoured wickets," Hussey told AAP in Colombo. LOL right what a genius Hussy is! Are there any other kind of wickets anywhere in the world? What can groudsmen do but prepare wickets as allowed by the conditions in the country. It will be very hard to prepare fast bouncy wickets in the subcontinent, just as it is difficullt to prepare flat batting wickets in England. What the article failed to highlight is SRI LANAK although the HOME EAM have also played hardly any cricket in Hambantota and Pallekele new pitches. So much for home advantage and experience!!!! Sorry for my ignorance but is the par T20 score in Auzzy 180? hmm will crikinfo please publish details of T20 scores down under so we can understand for ourselves if Mr. Cricket indeed knows history. And while crickinfo is at it why not publish the stats on T20 scores in SL and subcontinent also.

  • maddy20 on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Isn't that obvious MR.Hussey? Players from Asia do not complain that pitches in Aus/ENg/SA/NZ are fast and bouncy . Do they?

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  • maddy20 on August 3, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Isn't that obvious MR.Hussey? Players from Asia do not complain that pitches in Aus/ENg/SA/NZ are fast and bouncy . Do they?

  • chandau on August 3, 2011, 9:00 GMT

    "They're definitely home-favoured wickets," Hussey told AAP in Colombo. LOL right what a genius Hussy is! Are there any other kind of wickets anywhere in the world? What can groudsmen do but prepare wickets as allowed by the conditions in the country. It will be very hard to prepare fast bouncy wickets in the subcontinent, just as it is difficullt to prepare flat batting wickets in England. What the article failed to highlight is SRI LANAK although the HOME EAM have also played hardly any cricket in Hambantota and Pallekele new pitches. So much for home advantage and experience!!!! Sorry for my ignorance but is the par T20 score in Auzzy 180? hmm will crikinfo please publish details of T20 scores down under so we can understand for ourselves if Mr. Cricket indeed knows history. And while crickinfo is at it why not publish the stats on T20 scores in SL and subcontinent also.

  • NIPPY_89 on August 3, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    aaaah... having pitches that favor the home side... its the same case with most of the test playing countries eg england, india, bangladesh and new zealand. Its how its been since i can remember so its nothing new.

  • Trickz on August 3, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    OZZY OZZY OZZY

  • Ozcricketwriter on August 3, 2011, 9:50 GMT

    Australia will win the T20 and ODI series but lose the tests. I don't know how we did it, but we have great limited overs teams but an appalling test team. Please sack the selectors.

  • Truemans_Ghost on August 3, 2011, 10:10 GMT

    "Michael 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 is lucky to have senior player with such sharp insights!

  • tom_peter_scr on August 3, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    As a respectable senior player, also as someone represents one of the best teams, should not make such immature comments, the talent is to play different conditions in all three format of the game.

  • on August 3, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    players from asia do not complain bcz fast and bouncy pitches are better

  • Chris_P on August 3, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    It is, I have to admit, stating the bleeding obvious. But really, if countries were serious about having aspirations for long term sucess at the top of the rankings, they should look at some diversity in their own wickets. The biggest factor holding back SL and India's continued run at the top is the lack of practice on wickets that are likely to seen on tours. I can really only comment on Australian and English pitches. Sydney has always been spin friendly, as has Adelaide. Brisbane is a seaming strip with bounce and pace, Melbourne has a little of all attirbutes, but favours pace and seam whilst Perth has been a road lately, nothing like the pacy bouncy pitch of years ago. That is changing. English wickets, while favouring seamers, especially when the weather kicks in, has pacy pitches at The Oval and spinning pitches as well. They, at least have some idea on pitches of all sorts, a fact that can't be levelled at SL or India.

  • stormy16 on August 3, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Not sure if I am overreacting and Hussey is just stating the obvious but what else does he expect. its just irritating to hear this constant issue with sub-continent wickets. Just the other day Tremlet called for bounce and pace for the 3rd test against SL which is fine but dont come to SL and start to comment on spinning tracks - there arent any other tracks in SL.