If I’m half as good as Michael Hussey, I’ll be happy: Alex Carey
Alex Carey (AFP Photo)

Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey has drawn comparisons with Michael Hussey following his impressive showing at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

He played the role of aggressor and aggregator depending on the situation he was asked to bat something legendary Hussey was known to during his international career. He left an indelible impression in Australia’s semi-final exit at the world cup after being hit on his chin by a Jofra Archer short ball but choosing to bat through the pain with his team in tricky spot.

“If I’m half as good as him (Hussey), I’ll be happy – he’s an incredible player,” Carey told ESPNcricinfo.

Carey scored 375 runs at 62.50 with three fifties to his name during the world cup with Australia great Steve Waugh comparing him with Hussey. “I guess different circumstances throughout the World Cup were really good learning experiences for me,” Carey said. “Having Smith and Warner back in the side, and the experienced guys I got to bat with, you learn a lot out in the middle.”

“Obviously batting seven you hope to come in during the last 10, and if you don’t then you do your best through the middle to be busy, occupy the crease, all those things. At times it felt just like play good cricket and play a bit of Test cricket – absorb some pressure and rebuild at times. It was good to go through different circumstances and have some success.”

Waugh has been roped in by Cricket Australia to mentor their team for the Ashes 2019 that gets underway from August 1. While it’s still uncertain whether Carey will be able to break into the Test squad, he nevertheless is going to make the full use of the opportunity to soak in as much knowledge from Waugh.

“Having Steve is amazing for the group. I think he’s won nine Ashes … and been over here and played a lot here. To have the knowledge of Steve Waugh, one of the greatest Australian cricketers, be a part of this group is something we’re really lucky to have,” he said.

He continued, “Personally, I just had a quick chat just getting to know Steve. It’s quite early and he’ll mentor us and have his spin on things. It’s just great knowledge to have. Steve’s been watching the one-day stuff and commentating a bit there. I’ve had a few little chats with him but more moving now into the red ball and getting that focus of a longer format.”