Former Australian left-handed batsman Michael Hussey has laughed off suggestions he could return to Australia colours for next year’s World T20 after scoring an unbeaten 59 ball 80 for Sydney Thunder that helped his side to hand the city rival Sydney Sixers a 36 run defeat in the first match of this season’s Big Bash League, at the Spotless Stadium.

The left-hander, who retired from international cricket two years ago, has been appointed as batting consultant to Australian T20 team for next year’s ICC World T20 in India starting from March 8 to April 3.

Shane Watson, who was also playing the match for his former teammate’s team Sydney Thunder, observed the knock of 40 years old. Watson feels his team met would not look out of place back out in the middle in the international game, but Hussey was having none of it. “No, I wouldn’t have thought so,” Hussey laughed. “I’m happy to try and help out as much as I can off the field.

“We’ve got so much talent in this country and I’m excited to be working with the Australian team.

“It’s the one trophy we don’t have in the cabinet, so there’s a lot of motivation for the team.

“Everyone I talk to around Cricket Australia, it’s the one they really want. If I can help out in some small way, I’d be ecstatic.”

Australia’s best showing at the World Twenty20 was reaching the final of the 2010 version when they lost to England.

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