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

Rushed Hussey remains upbeat

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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.

  • BravoBravo 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..

  • RameshSubramaniam 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.

  • 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?

  • Something_Witty 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • AncientAstronaut 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.

  • BravoBravo 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • BravoBravo 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..

  • RameshSubramaniam 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.

  • 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?

  • Something_Witty 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?

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

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

  • 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.

  • AncientAstronaut 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.

  • BravoBravo 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.

  • 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

  • on December 3, 2010, 15:19 GMT

    Punter, I thought you needed bowlers to take 20 opposition wkts....errr...sorry u also need batsman to live for one full day...why don't you do one thing..hang up ur boots and go back to sleep...

  • on December 3, 2010, 14:45 GMT

    Is it time for Ponting to step down and have Hussey be the captain?

  • on December 3, 2010, 12:22 GMT

    don't forget england's 1 for 517 in their second dig hussey, ur bowling isn't top notch just yet :P

  • Rawal on December 3, 2010, 11:58 GMT

    Just to correct you on this, this is surely not Australia┬┤s lowest first innings┬┤ total since 1992 as they were bowled out for 127 by Pakistan in Sydney, early 2010.

  • Ganes.V on December 3, 2010, 11:37 GMT

    It is high time Australia started looking at bringing new faces in their test team. It is good to have belief in a team that has done well before- but unless the players feel the threat- the real threat- of being disposed if not performing, you wont get to see them doing well. Players like Ponting are not getting younger anyway! He doesnot need to be threatened in this way but unless they do it- his carefree attitude while he goes to bat won't change which is actually the reason for his recent downfall. He has to admit that his reflexes are no longer the same as it was 5 years back and has to take that extra little care while poking at balls outside off stump like he did today. He could hae just left the ball. Early in his innings we have seen him poking at deleveries outside off- and always had luck going his way. With age- luck also probably ditches you!! Anyway we should necessarily see some new faces and all players including seniors should understand that NO ONE IS INDISPOSABLE!

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Hussey was a revealation, or has been for the last couple of matches. We all know that he can make runs, regularly and lots of them as he demonstrated in the early years of his career. He lost his way somewhere in the middle, but continued to perform brilliantly in the shorter versions of the game, a modern day Bevan if you will. I remember his knock in the world cup t20 semi finals to name a recent one. Hussey had somehow gotten into a mental rut and fidegeted around before he eventually got out. Greg Chappell"s statement that he should play positively seems to have worked wonders for him and the two innings so far in the Ashes have been testimony to that statement. Strange are the ways of cricket- before Brisbane, Hussey was one of the top six whose place was in doubt. Today he is perhaps the only one secure. Australia has problems at the top and with their bowling. Hopefully the bowlers will deliver tomorrow but the batsmen had better come good, fast sridhar

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Hussey ... u beauty .. keep playing like this and in no time Aussies will regain their deserved top spot and u'll again be the BEST BATSMAN in the world. Go Hussey :-)

  • manasvi_lingam on December 3, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Well, England may have been bowled out for 260 in the first Test but they have a very good middle order with people like Trotty, Belly and Pieterseny. In the 2nd innings, everything depends on Hussey and Punter.

  • Beertjie on December 3, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Keep it up, Huss. I was one of those calling for your head, but I'm so delighted for you. Looking forward to seeing you bat in person in SA next October.

  • kabe_ag7 on December 3, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Hussey is such a likeable cricketer. One of the rare guys who are fiercest of fighters and most determined, yet humble.

  • Tester on December 3, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Testing on Comments section! kindly ignore

  • JGuru on December 3, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    It is not just Michael Hussey (Savior-in-Cheif) who has was in a state of shock but the entire Australian supporters who were looking forward to an improved performance were equally dejected. Perhaps the Aussies seem to carry problems more mentally than in application or execution. No one knew better than the Aussies themselves as to how important the first hour is. And the way they performed was a testimony to their ill-prepared mindset. Anderson bowled way too well and he was too hot to be handled indeed. It remains to be seen if Oz bowlers can match Anderson's vigor. Going by pure statistics, England will be batting at the best possible time in the match and Australian bowling under pressure has often faulted oflate. If English team piles up in excess of 500 the match could well be over inside 4 days.

  • Webba84 on December 3, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    No, doesn't mean Aus has lost the test match but it does mean they're going to have to work a hell of a lot harder. I look at this Australian side and, yes, they're not as talented as the previous teams were but the biggest difference is that there's a complacency I never thought I'd see from Aus. It's like they neither want nor expect to win anymore, they don't think they can win so they don't give 110% in pursuit of it. Which is ironic, since its why they'll keep losing.

  • on December 3, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    good to see the huss in terrific form. gee lucky we didnt drop him hey. north and clarke however are a concern. Doherty wont bowl out any englishman. Harsh that hilfy didnt play. 1 bad test in brisbane and he is out, he has been australia's best bowler without luck on occassions in the last year. If siddle didnt get a lucky hatrick he wouldnt be in the side either. Since i am hoping for several changes in the aussie team i hope they lose this test and the next test. The only way the selectors will drop anyone. outside of johnson and hilfy. (johnson deserved to be drop)

  • indiafinda on December 3, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    well done ,hUSSEY YOU DA MAN!

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  • indiafinda on December 3, 2010, 9:24 GMT

    well done ,hUSSEY YOU DA MAN!

  • on December 3, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    good to see the huss in terrific form. gee lucky we didnt drop him hey. north and clarke however are a concern. Doherty wont bowl out any englishman. Harsh that hilfy didnt play. 1 bad test in brisbane and he is out, he has been australia's best bowler without luck on occassions in the last year. If siddle didnt get a lucky hatrick he wouldnt be in the side either. Since i am hoping for several changes in the aussie team i hope they lose this test and the next test. The only way the selectors will drop anyone. outside of johnson and hilfy. (johnson deserved to be drop)

  • Webba84 on December 3, 2010, 9:35 GMT

    No, doesn't mean Aus has lost the test match but it does mean they're going to have to work a hell of a lot harder. I look at this Australian side and, yes, they're not as talented as the previous teams were but the biggest difference is that there's a complacency I never thought I'd see from Aus. It's like they neither want nor expect to win anymore, they don't think they can win so they don't give 110% in pursuit of it. Which is ironic, since its why they'll keep losing.

  • JGuru on December 3, 2010, 9:48 GMT

    It is not just Michael Hussey (Savior-in-Cheif) who has was in a state of shock but the entire Australian supporters who were looking forward to an improved performance were equally dejected. Perhaps the Aussies seem to carry problems more mentally than in application or execution. No one knew better than the Aussies themselves as to how important the first hour is. And the way they performed was a testimony to their ill-prepared mindset. Anderson bowled way too well and he was too hot to be handled indeed. It remains to be seen if Oz bowlers can match Anderson's vigor. Going by pure statistics, England will be batting at the best possible time in the match and Australian bowling under pressure has often faulted oflate. If English team piles up in excess of 500 the match could well be over inside 4 days.

  • Tester on December 3, 2010, 9:58 GMT

    Testing on Comments section! kindly ignore

  • kabe_ag7 on December 3, 2010, 10:07 GMT

    Hussey is such a likeable cricketer. One of the rare guys who are fiercest of fighters and most determined, yet humble.

  • Beertjie on December 3, 2010, 10:27 GMT

    Keep it up, Huss. I was one of those calling for your head, but I'm so delighted for you. Looking forward to seeing you bat in person in SA next October.

  • manasvi_lingam on December 3, 2010, 11:20 GMT

    Well, England may have been bowled out for 260 in the first Test but they have a very good middle order with people like Trotty, Belly and Pieterseny. In the 2nd innings, everything depends on Hussey and Punter.

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:26 GMT

    Hussey ... u beauty .. keep playing like this and in no time Aussies will regain their deserved top spot and u'll again be the BEST BATSMAN in the world. Go Hussey :-)

  • on December 3, 2010, 11:34 GMT

    Hussey was a revealation, or has been for the last couple of matches. We all know that he can make runs, regularly and lots of them as he demonstrated in the early years of his career. He lost his way somewhere in the middle, but continued to perform brilliantly in the shorter versions of the game, a modern day Bevan if you will. I remember his knock in the world cup t20 semi finals to name a recent one. Hussey had somehow gotten into a mental rut and fidegeted around before he eventually got out. Greg Chappell"s statement that he should play positively seems to have worked wonders for him and the two innings so far in the Ashes have been testimony to that statement. Strange are the ways of cricket- before Brisbane, Hussey was one of the top six whose place was in doubt. Today he is perhaps the only one secure. Australia has problems at the top and with their bowling. Hopefully the bowlers will deliver tomorrow but the batsmen had better come good, fast sridhar