St. Lucia Zouks veteran Australian batsman Michael Hussey believes his team is ready for a critical period in this year’s Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) campaign starting with a tough test against league leaders the Guyana Amazon Warriors in Providence on Tuesday night.
Darren Sammy’s boys have so far have enjoyed a mixed start in their two outings, with the impressive opening night victory over Trinbago Knight Riders followed by a defeat away to St. Kitts & Nevis Patriots in the last match.
Ahead of the Zouks’ third game of the Hero CPL campaign, Hussey said: “It (the Hero CPL) is very strong. Every team is a good team, so you’ve got to be pretty close to your best for every game to win.
“Personally, I’ve found it tough, just getting used to the pitches again and stuff like that, but it’s been good. We’ve got a really good spirit amongst the team and we’re looking forward to the rest of the tournament. It’s a lot of fun, but it’s also tough cricket.
However with the Zouks then down to face Barbados Tridents in Bridgetown (17 July), before starting the first of four home matches in the Darren Sammy National Cricket Stadium, from 21-26 July, the action will be thick and fast over the next fortnight.
Hussey remains optimistic about the conditions. “It’s going to be interesting to see what the conditions are going to be like down in Guyana. We’ve been told it’s quite low and quite slow, but it spins quite a lot so it will be an interesting challenge, maybe a different type of game where the scores might be slightly lower, but we’ll get down there and prepare as well as we can and see how we go.
“We know it’s going to be a great challenge, and it’s going to be tough, but we’re looking forward to it. The week off has given us a chance to get together, train a bit together, get to know each other better and hopefully we can really hit the ground running in Guyana.” He said.
The experienced Hussey is enjoying a great time in his debut Hero CPL campaign and believes that the level of competition across each of the six teams has raised the stakes so high as the chase for one of the coveted top four spots has intensified more.
“It’s not easy. As I said, every team is tough, so we’ve got to gel together, work hard and we’ve got to prepare well and hopefully have a bit of luck along the way. Once you’re in the Finals, anything can happen. If you get a bit of momentum going at the right time, we’ve seen that in T20 tournament around the world, it’s just about doing enough to get in there and once you’re there, anything can happen.”