The Ashes 2010-11 November 15, 2010

Hussey and North fight for survival

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Michael Hussey and Marcus North have known each other since their childhood days in Perth playing for Wanneroo, but now they're fighting to hold on to their membership of a far more elite club. When the Australian players step out on to the Gabba in ten days to battle for the Ashes, few in the team will be under more pressure than Hussey and North. That's assuming they're in the side.

The presence of the prolific New South Wales batsman Usman Khawaja and the South Australian Callum Ferguson in the 17-man squad for the first Test has intensified the questions over whether Australia's established batting group will survive the summer. At 35, and with only one century to his name in the past year, Hussey has the most to lose. Not that he's showing any signs of panic.

"I don't think you can really worry about anyone else," Hussey said after arriving in Melbourne for Western Australia's Sheffield Shield match, starting at the MCG on Wednesday. "The most important thing is for me to try to concentrate on my preparation. Playing well in this Shield game against Victoria is the first thing to concentrate on, and help WA have a win. And then just to prepare as though I'm going to play in the Test match.

"If you start clouding your mind worrying about other guys, or if they're going to get picked, or if you're not going to get picked, you're taking your mind off what's important. For me, the focus is on preparing to play and preparing to be part of that first Test match and not worrying about anyone else."

It's a method that sounds good, but is easier said than done. Hussey failed in his most recent first-class outing, for the Warriors a fortnight ago, and while he's facing up to the Victorians in Melbourne, Ferguson and Khawaja will be trying to feast on England's second-string attack for Australia A at Bellerive Oval.

North is in a similar situation. His century in Bangalore last month, and his hundred for Western Australia upon returning home have given him some breathing space, but he has less credits in the bank than the more experienced Hussey. Both men will be seriously vulnerable if they record a couple of failures, which makes it all the more important to succeed in this week's Shield game and enter the Gabba Test with some confidence.

"Not at all," North said when asked if he was worried about the selection of Khawaja and Ferguson. "These guys have been performing well this season and the back end of last season. It's a reflection of the domestic cricket. There's always been good young players playing and scoring a lot of runs.

"The fact that they're in the squad is credit to their performances and it's always an honour to be named in any squad, so it's good to see those guys in. It is a big series and it is five Test matches. I'm more concerned about my preparation this week, going into this Shield game and, mentally and training-wise going into the first Test match."

At 31, North could feasibly fight his way back into the side if he lost his place this summer. The same cannot be said of Hussey, who will be doing well if he is able to leave Test cricket at a time of his own choosing. He entered the 2006-07 Ashes with an average of 75.93; he begins this campaign averaging 33.19 over the past two years, during which time he has managed only two centuries.

"I'm actually pretty philosophical about it," Hussey said of his extended lean period. "I understand how the game works. My first couple of years, you can't keep those performances going forever, so you've got to expect there's going to be a time when things don't quite go your way. That's the game of cricket - it's a great leveller."

Hussey had better hope that great leveller doesn't raze him to the ground.

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at Cricinfo

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  • nmdasaya on November 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    i do think david hussy shud b selected to as\us test side IF they to get ashes back.i has played international cricket ,and he is a grt batsman

  • Clyde on November 16, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I think it's time for a few Cricinfo pundits to be sacked. They bring too little information and too much opinion. We need writers who can convince us of realities of cricket. How about more reporting? Just say what is happening. I don't appreciate the likes of Peter English getting in my mind space because at first I think pehaps they are going to write about cricket. I don't like having consciously not to loathe people like him. Whether Hussey or North are sacked is immaterial to a real cricket-follower. What about a few gripping descriptions of State or club games - I mean cricket, not a lot of ethereal hype?

  • on November 16, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @ Simon Jessup: "With what is a very average record", interesting last time I checked he had over 300 wickets from under 80 matches, averaging more than 4 wickets a test (more than Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev, Jeff Thomson and Ian Botham to name a few), at a much faster pace than them tooo (except for perhaps Jeff Thomson!).At tests, he couldn't match the class or statistics of Glenn Mcgrath (the ultimate in Australian pace bowling, in my opinion) but he was still good, and the Aussie's second best pace bowler of the last decade. In ODIs, statistically he was a lethal weapon, 9 five wicket hauls! Thats higher than Wasim Akram, and 1 less than Akram and Vaas (two of the greatest new ball ODI bowlers) put together! At an amazing strike rate and I think he was fastest to 300 ODI wickets. And at such lightening pace as well! He COULD be arguably Australia's greatest ODI bowler even surpassing Mcgrath.

  • capetown-pom on November 16, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Haha....great to see our aussie cousins losing their sense of humour over the fear of losing back to back ashes against the mother country Hey Mervo and Rooboy, I think we are seeing your true character now you are no longer invincible....well me diggers, let me tell you it's good for the soul to lose occassionally.... But I see signs in my tea leaves....you now have a pommie prime minister as well as a pommie head of state, your rugby team got whipped AGAIN by the english...and you are running scared that you'll have none of your usual banter when the barmy army turn up, who bless them still cheer as loudly on day 5 of the fifth test as they did on day one of the first, even if their boys are being white washed...yes by dinkum, you are allowed to stand proud and laugh in the face of defeat...it's a GAME Thats what sport's all about mate, and if you don't understand that I suggest you make the union jack on your flag a little bigger... Your whinge-ing sounds, er,.........

  • Bigbanger666 on November 16, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    If these guys were true Aussies they would quit today and make way for youth. They aren't fighters, they are selfish.

  • on November 16, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    hussey and north will not finish this series. I think north will go, he can go 5 matches with no scores and then score 2 hundreds, i wouldnt be surprised if hussey gets a couple of 50's here and there and just hangs on. Khawaja is screaming for selection and it is time this series to blood him in. We dont need to make wholesale changes. khawaja this series and over the next year another middle order player maybe either white, smith, and then hughes for katich. Paine will keep pressure of haddin, i think paine is a better keeper. Bowling is my concern we struggle to finish teams off and struggle taking 20 wickets needed to win. When johnson is on we win but at the moment he is struggling. Hilfy looks good, siddle is steady without being brilliant, there are some good bowlers but i like trent copeland, in 7 matches he has taken 45 wickets best 8/92 10/149 Ave 18.88 run rate 2.70 strike rate 41.8. Brilliant. and he is 6ft4. O'keefe in 9 matches taken 33 wickets 7/35 ave 25.18 sr 49.0.

  • on November 16, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @Rooboy....after reading your comments..all i can say is- "WAKE UP MATE"...India jus whitewashed you...even after some of our best players were injured...England beat u guys this summer quite easily...u guys cudn't even beat Pakistan... wot are u so proud of then???... goin by current form...australia has been one of the weaker teams in cricket this year...n don't worry about the world cup...because INDIA is gonna fix your (undefeated in WC games for over a decade!) obsession!!!!!!!...

  • on November 16, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @Rooboy. Yes I am aware that Wessels played for Australia 1st. I am also aware that he first came to Sydney when he was 21, by which time I think that he had already hefted the willow. I would even take a bet that he had played a little representative cricket for SA at a junior level. Incidentily his age and his story at that time are not too different from Pietersen when he arrived in England. Darryl 'Australia do not have the class of Warne or Lee'? Not sure if Brett Lee goes in that sentence as well as Mcgrath. Lee was never a great test match player and struggled to stay in the side with what is a very average record.

  • Rooboy on November 16, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    @Simon Jessup - you do realise Wessels played for Aus first before he played for SA don't you? It's just that, given this fact, your comment about him doesn't make any sense. It's laughable to hear the comparisons of Wessels and Symonds with some of the English squad ... is it really so difficult to discern between someone growing up in a country not of their birth, playing all their cricket and learning the game in that country and then getting picked to play for that country, with someone growing up in their birth country and playing all their junior cricket there, only to be poached by another country when they show some ability. Personally, I don't care. If england need to stock their team with non english born players, let them. Yes there are a lot of comments about it but as I stated in an earlier post, the sensitivity of some of the english fans responses is quite revealing.

  • johnnycash on November 16, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    There are two guys in the aussie side whom, when the battle in the middle becomes a war, put their heads down and guts it out. One of them is Simon Katich, the other is Michael Hussey. During the series when the aussies are in a spot of bother, i would rather see M.Hussey striding to the wicket, then a young guy making his debut. For Australia the obvious danger to them is Graeme Swan, a very good spin bowler, but the pitches out here won't turn much until adelaide and sydney. Australia's pace attack will have to stand up, and they will. Johnson, Hillfanhus and Bollinger, maybe Siddle. They all bowl well out here, and especially at the Gabba and in Perth. I can see a great series about to start, and start soon please so we don't have to put up with any more rubbish. I can see one side heading for a fall, and I believe it won't be the home side......

  • nmdasaya on November 17, 2010, 5:41 GMT

    i do think david hussy shud b selected to as\us test side IF they to get ashes back.i has played international cricket ,and he is a grt batsman

  • Clyde on November 16, 2010, 13:46 GMT

    I think it's time for a few Cricinfo pundits to be sacked. They bring too little information and too much opinion. We need writers who can convince us of realities of cricket. How about more reporting? Just say what is happening. I don't appreciate the likes of Peter English getting in my mind space because at first I think pehaps they are going to write about cricket. I don't like having consciously not to loathe people like him. Whether Hussey or North are sacked is immaterial to a real cricket-follower. What about a few gripping descriptions of State or club games - I mean cricket, not a lot of ethereal hype?

  • on November 16, 2010, 13:37 GMT

    @ Simon Jessup: "With what is a very average record", interesting last time I checked he had over 300 wickets from under 80 matches, averaging more than 4 wickets a test (more than Courtney Walsh, Kapil Dev, Jeff Thomson and Ian Botham to name a few), at a much faster pace than them tooo (except for perhaps Jeff Thomson!).At tests, he couldn't match the class or statistics of Glenn Mcgrath (the ultimate in Australian pace bowling, in my opinion) but he was still good, and the Aussie's second best pace bowler of the last decade. In ODIs, statistically he was a lethal weapon, 9 five wicket hauls! Thats higher than Wasim Akram, and 1 less than Akram and Vaas (two of the greatest new ball ODI bowlers) put together! At an amazing strike rate and I think he was fastest to 300 ODI wickets. And at such lightening pace as well! He COULD be arguably Australia's greatest ODI bowler even surpassing Mcgrath.

  • capetown-pom on November 16, 2010, 13:23 GMT

    Haha....great to see our aussie cousins losing their sense of humour over the fear of losing back to back ashes against the mother country Hey Mervo and Rooboy, I think we are seeing your true character now you are no longer invincible....well me diggers, let me tell you it's good for the soul to lose occassionally.... But I see signs in my tea leaves....you now have a pommie prime minister as well as a pommie head of state, your rugby team got whipped AGAIN by the english...and you are running scared that you'll have none of your usual banter when the barmy army turn up, who bless them still cheer as loudly on day 5 of the fifth test as they did on day one of the first, even if their boys are being white washed...yes by dinkum, you are allowed to stand proud and laugh in the face of defeat...it's a GAME Thats what sport's all about mate, and if you don't understand that I suggest you make the union jack on your flag a little bigger... Your whinge-ing sounds, er,.........

  • Bigbanger666 on November 16, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    If these guys were true Aussies they would quit today and make way for youth. They aren't fighters, they are selfish.

  • on November 16, 2010, 11:21 GMT

    hussey and north will not finish this series. I think north will go, he can go 5 matches with no scores and then score 2 hundreds, i wouldnt be surprised if hussey gets a couple of 50's here and there and just hangs on. Khawaja is screaming for selection and it is time this series to blood him in. We dont need to make wholesale changes. khawaja this series and over the next year another middle order player maybe either white, smith, and then hughes for katich. Paine will keep pressure of haddin, i think paine is a better keeper. Bowling is my concern we struggle to finish teams off and struggle taking 20 wickets needed to win. When johnson is on we win but at the moment he is struggling. Hilfy looks good, siddle is steady without being brilliant, there are some good bowlers but i like trent copeland, in 7 matches he has taken 45 wickets best 8/92 10/149 Ave 18.88 run rate 2.70 strike rate 41.8. Brilliant. and he is 6ft4. O'keefe in 9 matches taken 33 wickets 7/35 ave 25.18 sr 49.0.

  • on November 16, 2010, 10:35 GMT

    @Rooboy....after reading your comments..all i can say is- "WAKE UP MATE"...India jus whitewashed you...even after some of our best players were injured...England beat u guys this summer quite easily...u guys cudn't even beat Pakistan... wot are u so proud of then???... goin by current form...australia has been one of the weaker teams in cricket this year...n don't worry about the world cup...because INDIA is gonna fix your (undefeated in WC games for over a decade!) obsession!!!!!!!...

  • on November 16, 2010, 7:18 GMT

    @Rooboy. Yes I am aware that Wessels played for Australia 1st. I am also aware that he first came to Sydney when he was 21, by which time I think that he had already hefted the willow. I would even take a bet that he had played a little representative cricket for SA at a junior level. Incidentily his age and his story at that time are not too different from Pietersen when he arrived in England. Darryl 'Australia do not have the class of Warne or Lee'? Not sure if Brett Lee goes in that sentence as well as Mcgrath. Lee was never a great test match player and struggled to stay in the side with what is a very average record.

  • Rooboy on November 16, 2010, 2:51 GMT

    @Simon Jessup - you do realise Wessels played for Aus first before he played for SA don't you? It's just that, given this fact, your comment about him doesn't make any sense. It's laughable to hear the comparisons of Wessels and Symonds with some of the English squad ... is it really so difficult to discern between someone growing up in a country not of their birth, playing all their cricket and learning the game in that country and then getting picked to play for that country, with someone growing up in their birth country and playing all their junior cricket there, only to be poached by another country when they show some ability. Personally, I don't care. If england need to stock their team with non english born players, let them. Yes there are a lot of comments about it but as I stated in an earlier post, the sensitivity of some of the english fans responses is quite revealing.

  • johnnycash on November 16, 2010, 2:44 GMT

    There are two guys in the aussie side whom, when the battle in the middle becomes a war, put their heads down and guts it out. One of them is Simon Katich, the other is Michael Hussey. During the series when the aussies are in a spot of bother, i would rather see M.Hussey striding to the wicket, then a young guy making his debut. For Australia the obvious danger to them is Graeme Swan, a very good spin bowler, but the pitches out here won't turn much until adelaide and sydney. Australia's pace attack will have to stand up, and they will. Johnson, Hillfanhus and Bollinger, maybe Siddle. They all bowl well out here, and especially at the Gabba and in Perth. I can see a great series about to start, and start soon please so we don't have to put up with any more rubbish. I can see one side heading for a fall, and I believe it won't be the home side......

  • Rooboy on November 16, 2010, 2:38 GMT

    @Morgan Stanley - interesting you write about others making 'desperate' comments when you then go on to say 'England has bragging rights over you in all three formats'. That's funny but I sense you were being serious. I'll give you Tests (for a few more months) and 20/20s (who cares?) but England over Aus in ODIs?! Last two years head to head in ODIs Aus 9 wins-Eng 4 (and all 13 games were played in England). England may have won the last overall ODI series the two teams played, but I think Aus being ranked #1 ODI team far and away ahead of England not to mention being the current World Cup holder (undefeated in WC games for over a decade!) might slightly surpass one series in terms of bragging rights. @landl47 - so what you're essentially saying is that england could have picked Symonds but they couldn't have. Makes sense. Regardless of any qualification period it doesnt change the fact that several of your squad are mercenaries. English sensitivity to comments about this is revealing

  • nikhil82 on November 16, 2010, 2:15 GMT

    Test cricket in Australia must be about the only professional sport where month to month performance has no bearing on selection. In other sports if you are completely inconsistent, like North, technically incompetent, like Hughes, or lacking in skill and tactical know-how, like Hauritz, or failing to perform, like Hussey, you would be dropped in favour of young hopefuls who might do better. Yet in Australian cricket circles guys like these just keep getting selected time and time again. Even Hughes, while not in the current team, is always being touted as a test player in front of players of much greater skill. It must be very disheartening for outstandingly useful and skilled players with consistent form on the board, like Andrew McDonald for example, who must wonder what they have to do to be selected. Khawaja is an exception, but he has the advantage of playing for New South Wales, the only factor that can get you ahead of the hacks in the team.

  • on November 15, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Hussey and North aren't worried because they are favourites of the selectors and so won't get dropped. This 17 man squad is only to keep the media happy that players like Khawaja, Ferguson, Doherty and Harris are apparantly in the mix, but we all know come next week that the team will read Watson, Katich, Ponting, Clarke, Hussey, North, Haddin, Johnson, Hauritz, Hilfenhous, Bollinger. I would keep Hussey, have Khawaja for North, Paine for Haddin, Harris for Johnson. If Hussey fails again, thats when I'd bring in Ferguson, Jaques or Hughes. So we can hope for change as much as we like, fact is they're still going to pick the same team.

  • on November 15, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    On countdown for the start of the First Test! Got plenty of strong coffee to keep me awake as I am in work the next day so need to stay alert as long as possible. I'm refusing to buy into the hype that Australia are a struggling side. Granted they have not got the quality of Warne & Lee anymore, plus their vastly experienced batsmen are approaching the twilight of their careers. However, that is probably when they are going to be at their most dangerous....especially against England! I reckon this series could be as intriguing as the last 3 have been. Both sides will give 100% and whilst I am expecting England to finally triumph Down Under, I also feel it will not be an easy ride. I do think we have by far the strongest bowling unit for a long time, with Anderson, Broad, Finn & Swann. A quartet who can do serious damage and do it very quickly! Especially Swanny! Be nice to see a spin bowler taking a good number of wickets on our side for a change. Bring it on!

  • Iceborn999 on November 15, 2010, 22:48 GMT

    The Australian cricket team is panicking... the English are loving every second of it..... Everybody knows Australia will not win the ashes with Hussey, North, Hauritz and Johnson in the squad...

  • on November 15, 2010, 20:43 GMT

    I'm English and cannot wait for this Ashes series. In relation to the article, I think Hussey is a fantastic batsman and has a great attitude - he should be given another go for sure, a player of his class will find a way out of this poor form. I'm also a fan of North, but I haven't seen an awful lot of him, especially recently. This Khawaja sounds like a talent, worth a try, I'd stick him in for North. Australia's top order has enough runs in it to make Khawaja a safe bet.

    Also, birthplace comments are getting old and desperate now. Australia never gave this much chirp when they were winning everything. The Aussies are clearly nervous about this series. I've seen so many comments saying about how they whitewashed us four years ago and how we haven't won the Ashes in Australia in however long, but things are very different now. There's no more Warne, McGrath, Langer, Hayden and the other greats you had back then, whilst England has bragging rights over you in all three formats

  • on November 15, 2010, 18:37 GMT

    The Panic is really growing momentum I see........ENG 3 AUS 1 is my prediction

  • on November 15, 2010, 17:36 GMT

    Hussey should be left alone, at least for the first test; if he fails bring in Khwaja. North needs to go ASAP, bring in Phil Jacques as an opener and move Watson down (where he should be) replacing North. Also, get rid of Hauritz, he is just a waste of time and overs, Smith or Doherty should get a nod instead.

  • popcorn on November 15, 2010, 15:25 GMT

    The Australian way is to make every cricketer take pride in getting a baggy green, and holding on to it with sheer performance.So pressure is good - but I doubt that Hussey and North will be under any sort of pressure. REMEMBER, THEY WAITED TILL THEY HAD 10 YEARS OF SHEFFIELD SHIELD CRICKET BEFORE THEY WON THEIR BAGGY GREEN - THEY WEREN'T WORRYING THEN - WHEN WILL I GET MY BAGGY GREEN? - THEY JUST KEPT SCORING RUNS, AND GOT THEIR BAGGY GREENS. It's going to be the same this summer too.

  • on November 15, 2010, 15:05 GMT

    Mike Hussey seems like a great bloke. He was a great batsman as well. It is sad he was not given the whisper a couple of years ago at Test level.

    He is still worth watching in the shorter forms of the game but its sad to see the future talent growing old in state cricket, (much like Hussey did) rather than getting a decent chance. Although from Victoria I cant see what Hughes has done wrong, two dodgy decisions in the Ashes and he is gone. In my opinion he is the best batsman we have. His fielding is a little suspect but it seems harsh that he is not persevered with. Even the great Ponting has struggle the last four years, either age or a sore wrist have hampered him and he has gone from a 70 average player to a 40 average 1999 63.07 2000 63.6 2001 38.6 2002 70.93 2003 100.2 2004 41 2005 67.13 2006 88.87 2007 38.4 2008 47.28 2009 38.77 2010 46.67 only 2 of 8 years under 60 now the last 4 under 50 so he needs runs to help him or am I just spoiled after 15 years on top?

  • seagrip on November 15, 2010, 14:38 GMT

    Should be...

    Phil Hughes Phil Jacques Ricky ponting Mike Hussey Steve Smith Shane Watson Brad Haddin Andrew McDondald Mitchell Johnson Ryan Harris Doug Bollinger

    How the heck are Hughes, Jacques and McDonald not even in a 17 man squad??! First David Boon & Merv Hughes and now Ian Chappel??! talk about rocket scientists. Bring in Shane Warne as the main selector - he has an actual cricket brain!!

    Please not Marcus North any longer!! pleeeeeeease!!!

  • landl47 on November 15, 2010, 13:48 GMT

    What is ridiculous is that the selectors can't make up their minds 10 days before the first test whether Hussey and North, about whom the selectors know everything there is to know, are worth their places. Are they seriously going to decide who is in the team based on who plays better this week?

    As for Mervo- mate, we could have picked Andrew Symonds, only he chose to play for Australia instead of his birth country.There's a qualification requirement which all the English players meet. Get over it.

  • stormy16 on November 15, 2010, 13:31 GMT

    Tough corner this to be in at the begining of an Ashes series for Aus who are never keen to throw in young players like other teams. The usual Aus method is to get the guys battle hardened in the sheid before test which has worked well in the past. If Hussey and/or North fail it could be a case of throwing in one of the young chaps but with the Ashes as stake this is a call that had to be right. My call throw in one of the young chaps for North!!!

  • gargi_vizag on November 15, 2010, 13:20 GMT

    this is the ideal time for the aussies to field new faces into the squad....maybe they would relieve some pressure from ponting. My XI for the Gabba test would be: Watson, Katich, Ponting, Clarke, Khwaja, M.Hussey, Haddin, Hauritz, Bollinger, Hilfenhaus, Siddle.

  • Ozcricketwriter on November 15, 2010, 13:15 GMT

    Hussey isn't really out of form. He is still ranked in the top 10 in the world in ODI cricket. It is just that he has a slightly worse record in tests. It should be noted that out of form Hussey has still averaged high 30s, while in the same period Marcus North has averaged less, and that is North's entire career. So if one is to go it has to be North (unless you count his bowling?). I also don't like Ferguson or Khawaja in the squad. For me, it is Cameron White and Phil Jaques. Khawaja is untested at the elite level while Ferguson's record, not to mention that he is recovering from injury, just suggests that he will fail. The fact that those 2 are the ones picked suggests that North and Hussey are relatively safe, though there is still the chance that Steve Smith will play as a batsman.

  • Mohy1234 on November 15, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    This Should Be The Australian Team: 1.Katich 2.Watson 3.Ponting 4.Hussey 5.Clarke 6.Haddin 7.Khawaja 8.Johnson 9.Doherty 10.Bollinger 11.Hilfenhaus Hauritz should not be in this team because he is not a wicket taking spinner (Doherty is a wicket taking spinner). Hauritz is just a consolidating bowler. North also should not be in this team because he has had too much chances and Khawaja is a very good player (he should be given his chance). Hussey should be in this team because he has got the class and experience to bounce back from a scratchy patch.

  • crazytaurean on November 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Where is Phil Jacques, The worthy successor to Mr Mayhem Hayden..!!

  • on November 15, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Thanks for that Mervo. I wonder if you made those comments 4 years ago when we had SA born players (that was, when you thought you would win in any event)? I do not think that any of those born in SA have represented SA at cricket though, as that would be outrageous. It would be like Australia playing KEPPLER WESSELS??????

    So you feel that you are playing the whole world. At least that explains why you felt the need to put most of Autralia in the squad.

  • WilliamFranklin on November 15, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @mervo well at least you've still got that 'excuse'. But given Australia's immigrant history, it is also a little rich.

    From an english point of view I'd certainly be sad not seeing North out there.

  • on November 15, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    HUSSEY VERSUS NORTH FOR SURVIVAL, THIS IS REALLY RIDICULOUS :)) HUSSEY IS 12 TIMES BETTER THAN NORTH IT SHOULD BE BETWEEN 12 TH MAN VERSUS NORTH FOR SURVIVAL HUSSEY IS LOVELY PLAYER IN ANY FORMAT

  • lucy82 on November 15, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    You know England aren't doing too bad if all people have to take a swipe is players birth place. Nationality isn't just about where you are born, it's about your parents too.

  • Something_Witty on November 15, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    It's absurd that they're still in the side while young talents like Hughes Khawaja and Smith sit twiddling their thumbs on the sidelines. The selectors really need to get a clue.

  • Something_Witty on November 15, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    It's absurd that they're still in the side while young talents like Hughes Khawaja and Smith sit twiddling their thumbs on the sidelines. The selectors really need to get a clue.

  • Mervo on November 15, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    This will still be an interesting series. Australia versus the Rest of the World. We all miss the Ashes when England could produce cricketers.

  • smythy on November 15, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    How is it that Hussey and North are the subject of debate, with no question about bowlers or the fact that NSW has 8 of the 17 man squad and Vics 1 in 17. Prolific Khawaja..is he anything like the prolific Hughes or the prolific Jacques etc..

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  • smythy on November 15, 2010, 10:45 GMT

    How is it that Hussey and North are the subject of debate, with no question about bowlers or the fact that NSW has 8 of the 17 man squad and Vics 1 in 17. Prolific Khawaja..is he anything like the prolific Hughes or the prolific Jacques etc..

  • Mervo on November 15, 2010, 10:53 GMT

    This will still be an interesting series. Australia versus the Rest of the World. We all miss the Ashes when England could produce cricketers.

  • Something_Witty on November 15, 2010, 11:11 GMT

    It's absurd that they're still in the side while young talents like Hughes Khawaja and Smith sit twiddling their thumbs on the sidelines. The selectors really need to get a clue.

  • Something_Witty on November 15, 2010, 11:13 GMT

    It's absurd that they're still in the side while young talents like Hughes Khawaja and Smith sit twiddling their thumbs on the sidelines. The selectors really need to get a clue.

  • lucy82 on November 15, 2010, 11:25 GMT

    You know England aren't doing too bad if all people have to take a swipe is players birth place. Nationality isn't just about where you are born, it's about your parents too.

  • on November 15, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    HUSSEY VERSUS NORTH FOR SURVIVAL, THIS IS REALLY RIDICULOUS :)) HUSSEY IS 12 TIMES BETTER THAN NORTH IT SHOULD BE BETWEEN 12 TH MAN VERSUS NORTH FOR SURVIVAL HUSSEY IS LOVELY PLAYER IN ANY FORMAT

  • WilliamFranklin on November 15, 2010, 12:15 GMT

    @mervo well at least you've still got that 'excuse'. But given Australia's immigrant history, it is also a little rich.

    From an english point of view I'd certainly be sad not seeing North out there.

  • on November 15, 2010, 12:44 GMT

    Thanks for that Mervo. I wonder if you made those comments 4 years ago when we had SA born players (that was, when you thought you would win in any event)? I do not think that any of those born in SA have represented SA at cricket though, as that would be outrageous. It would be like Australia playing KEPPLER WESSELS??????

    So you feel that you are playing the whole world. At least that explains why you felt the need to put most of Autralia in the squad.

  • crazytaurean on November 15, 2010, 12:48 GMT

    Where is Phil Jacques, The worthy successor to Mr Mayhem Hayden..!!

  • Mohy1234 on November 15, 2010, 13:04 GMT

    This Should Be The Australian Team: 1.Katich 2.Watson 3.Ponting 4.Hussey 5.Clarke 6.Haddin 7.Khawaja 8.Johnson 9.Doherty 10.Bollinger 11.Hilfenhaus Hauritz should not be in this team because he is not a wicket taking spinner (Doherty is a wicket taking spinner). Hauritz is just a consolidating bowler. North also should not be in this team because he has had too much chances and Khawaja is a very good player (he should be given his chance). Hussey should be in this team because he has got the class and experience to bounce back from a scratchy patch.