Australia v England, 2nd Test, Adelaide, 1st day December 3, 2010

Rushed Hussey remains upbeat


Michael Hussey is a man of lists and routine but he was forced into an uncomfortable rush as Australia started the second Test by losing three wickets in 13 balls. Hussey, the No.5, walked to the wicket after 11 minutes, having barely had time to get ready before Simon Katich, Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke were knocked over.

"I was just rushing to get my gear really," Hussey said. "It was all happening very quickly. I couldn't really believe it to be honest, it was just [a feeling] of shock. Before I blinked I was out there in the middle."

Hussey provided a very steady hand with a vital 93, but even his impressive effort could only get Australia to 245, a total about half of what is appropriate for Adelaide. But all the focus was on the first three overs, which started with Katich's run-out without facing a ball.

"I think that was the first time it's happened in his career, so he was obviously a bit disappointed," Hussey said. "We place a big focus on the first five overs of the day and trying to get the momentum going in our favour. Katto was just disappointed that we got off to such a poor start. He was in shock really, more than anything." Almost two hours after his dismissal Katich was still sitting alone outside the dressing room.

Ponting (0) and Clarke (2) both fell edging James Anderson to second slip and Hussey was suddenly required. "I was actually looking forward to having a nice relax for a few hours and watching the first session," Hussey said. "I have a set routine. Once a wicket falls, I get my shoes and whites on. When two go down, I get my gear on pretty quick. I was upstairs watching, obviously not for very long."

Despite the brutal setbacks, Hussey was pleased with the extent of the recovery. "We probably would have taken 250 after being 3 for 2," he said. "Obviously we'd have liked a fair few more. We're a bit disappointed in the dressing room."

Hussey has moved from being terribly out of form to the side's most productive batsman over the past week. He produced a career-saving 195 in the first Test and was closing on another century when he drove at Graeme Swann and edged to slip.

"It's only two innings," he said of the turnaround. "It doesn't really make a summer or win us the Ashes. I think you probably need a little bit of luck. It's a very fine line with batting and even today I think I nicked one just short of Graeme Swann at second slip. I was also dropped by Jimmy Anderson."

While the score was Australia's smallest first innings since 1992, Hussey said the team remained "pretty upbeat" and were encouraged by some balls staying low. "We know we're going to have to bowl well but we can take a lot of heart that England were bowled out for 260 in the first Test up in Brisbane and came back very strongly," he said. "It doesn't mean we've lost the Test match whatsoever."

Peter English is the Australasia editor of Cricinfo

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  • Marcio on December 4, 2010, 2:48 GMT

    @ Terrence Joseph you can't compare this Australian team to what happened to the WI. There are simply too many very good players in it. The prime problem has been lack of leadership, management and preparation e.g. pointless T20, 1-dayers, tests in India, players being sent all over the place) Just look at England players like Anderson, Broad and Cook. Their averages are actually relatively mediocre by international standards, and are significantly worse than their counterparts in the Australian team (Bollinger, Harris, Katich). And remember Oz are still ranked #1 in one dayers, and made the final of the T20 world cup not long ago). The problem is not talent or ability, and I predict the team will come back, esp after North goes. Although the current test in Adelaide is as good as lost (245 is a very, very poor total in Adelaide, and England will lead by somewhere between 200-400 on the first innings batting on the perfect 2nd/3rd day wicket), I am still predicting a drawn series here.

  • Rishi on December 3, 2010, 23:45 GMT

    VinDoshi- it is not a big deal but the details are_ Australia vs Pakistan - 2nd Test Played at Headingley, Leeds, 21st - 25th July 2010:Aus First Inning (Match First Inning) 88 Allout; Aus Second Inning (Match 3rd Inning) 349 Allout. Thanks to Etienne Delport. In few minutes the game begins and if Aus are good they will give hard time to Eng..

  • ramesh on December 3, 2010, 23:07 GMT

    Ponting is too good batsman to hear from me. But he can take one or two from Sachin. Sachin cut down many shots like slog sweep, coming down the track to lift the fast bowlers over their head (who forget sharjah),his mighty hook (Caddick cannot forget the shot in 2003 world cup), yet he is productive, aggressive in all formats of the game. Can Ponting come out of his ego and cut down his dangerous shots especially hook/Pull? If Ponting does, we may not miss one of the greatest batsman in all time in a hurry.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2010, 18:29 GMT

    In fairness to Mr English, the sentence re lowest score since 1992 needs two words to make it true. 'in Adelaide'. Maybe edited out by mistake?

  • John on December 3, 2010, 18:18 GMT

    245 is nowhere near a par score on this pitch, end of story. The poms will have to bat like total zombies if they are not to win the match. Time for the dodgy middle order to go. The selectors have been ruthless (probably too much so) on the bowlers, why are batsmen who are in lousy form allowed a free ride?

  • Ravichander on December 3, 2010, 17:51 GMT

    This is the lowest total for australia only in adelaide since 1992.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2010, 17:46 GMT

    well well Aus 3wks for 2 runs England 1 for 517 Aus 88 all out against Pak ...all in the same year seems this team is falling faster than the WI not hearing any talk of A and B Test format anymore..... seems the shoe is on the other foot nice feeling to the the Aussis on their knees.

  • Vineet on December 3, 2010, 17:23 GMT

    @BravoBravo: I think you need to re-read what's been written. He's said it's Australia's lowest "first innings" total. They were bowled our for 88 against Pakistan in the second innings.

  • Rishi on December 3, 2010, 16:20 GMT

    Correction to PETER ENGLISH and Rawal: In recent History Aus Lowest first Inning total was 88 all out in 2nd Test Match in 2010 against mercurial Pakistan at Headingley, Leeds, England. Mr. Peter English articles usually lacks the factual data. He just writes things without doing any research. He remembers 1992 but does not have any recollection of 2010 events.

  • Dummy4 on December 3, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    I remember Ricky Ponting getting more than this Australian total during India's win in Adelaide in 2004... unless England does anything drastically wrong - the match is their for the taking!! Hussey/ Haddin show can do only as much- why do Australia collapse at the hint of some swing

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