Mike Hussey Speaks on the Areas Which Could Decide the Outcome of the Ashes
Former Australia Mr Dependable, Mike Hussey feels the way England’s rather inexperienced batsmen will handle Australia’s pace brigade which will set the tone for the upcoming Ashes scheduled to be held Down Under towards the end of this year. The English team have experimented with three places in the top six.
Mark Stoneman, Tom Westley and Dawid Malan’s combined average is less than 30 and being in formative stages in their careers, Hussey feels they will play a vital role in Australia – if indeed they are the trio which is selected untimely to fill the positions.
“What I’m most intrigued about with the Ashes is which top-order batsmen they (England) go for, and how they’re going to fare in Australian conditions, and how they deal with the enormity of an Ashes series and the hype that goes with it – it’s going to be huge.” Hussey was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
“That could be one of the defining parts of the series; how that England top order goes. If they perform well, then I think it’s going to be an extremely tight series. You talk about their all-rounders, and their class in the middle to lower order, and they’ve got a very good attack.
“But if Australia gets on top and take early wickets, then they’ll then have the momentum, and it’ll feel like England is on the back foot a little bit. So I feel like that could be a critical part of the whole series.”
Hussey was part of all five Tests when Australia whitewashed England 5-0 in 2006-07 said the time has now come for England to ‘pick and stick’ with their incumbents, as they set their plans for a turn-around in the last match against the Windies which is their most recent assignment ahead of the Ashes.
“You’d hope you would have pretty much identified the squad you want for the Ashes (at this point),” he added.
“If they haven’t identified their best team now, it’s not the greatest start for them really. If they have identified these guys as who they’re going to bring to Australia, then you’ve got to give them as much opportunity as they can.
“Get them used to the environment, to the team, get them building trust and relationships with their teammates, but also giving them that faith and belief in the job that ‘you’re the man for the job, go out there and play your way, and feel confident in the role’.
“That’s a huge part of the battle of having success in international cricket – feeling like you belong there, and feeling like you’ve got the backing of those people in exalted positions,” Hussey signed off.
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