Former Australia batsman Michael Hussey, who retired from Test cricket in December, 2012, is hurting from Australia’s dismal show in the first two Tests against India, but ruled out a return to the side.
Asked if he would consider answering an SOS from Michael Clarke, Hussey said, as quoted by the Sydney Morning Herald, “Nah, I don’t think so. They have picked a squad for this tour, so you have got to try and believe and back the guys you have chosen and show faith in them; I think that is really important.
“It looks like it has been pretty tough batting on those wickets so I don’t think I would have had too much of a say.”
Along with skipper Clarke, Hussey was regarded one of the better players of spin within the Australian unit. The 37-year-old’s absence in the team was felt in India after the Australians collapsed to the Indian spin trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja.
“It has been tough to watch,” said Hussey, who is in Adelaide for Western Australia's Sheffield Shield game which starts on Thursday. It looks like it has been tough for the boys over there, no doubt about it.
“The mood would be pretty flat, I would have thought.”
Hussey averaged a formidable 44.81 in India. Yet, he said that playing there can be challenging. “Particularly if you haven't played Test cricket over there before, it can be really challenging,” he said.
“I’m sure the boys will hopefully get better as the series goes on. Obviously we can’t win the series outright now, but there is still as lot to play for in trying to get back to two-all.
“And the more you play in those conditions, the better your plans become and the better you can execute your plans. You have just got to try and stay positive and stick to what your plans are.
“Sometimes it just takes that one slip in concentration and you’re gone, or one ball that explodes,” he said.
"Look at the ball that Hughesy [Phil Hughes] got in the first Test and the ball that Watto [Shane Watson] got — they are pretty much unplayable balls.
“It’s difficult over there, it’s tough Test cricket.”
First Published: March 6, 2013, 5:35 pm