Australia will be fine without me: Hussey
SYDNEY: Retiring Michael Hussey said on Sunday there is quality and quantity to replace him despite becoming the second experienced batsman to quit Australian cricket’s middle-order ahead of a critical 12 months.
Hussey’s announcement on Saturday that he will retire from international cricket after the forthcoming Sydney Test against Sri Lanka, came
a month after Ricky Ponting revealed he was calling time on his 17-year career.
“I’m not worried about the team whatsoever. We’ve got some fantastic candidates to come in — probably too many to name,” Hussey told reporters. “Maybe [brother] David Hussey could get a run — one Hussey out, one Hussey in.
“History has shown players have come and gone. But the game continues to move forward, and it’ll be no different with me,” he said.
With Phil Hughes already recalled to replace Ponting, Pakistan-born Usman Khawaja is almost certain to get first crack at Hussey’s spot, while all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is in the 13-man squad for the Sydney Test as injured Shane Watson’s replacement. The younger Hussey and fellow Victorian Rob Quiney — used and discarded already this summer — will also be among candidates, along with Alex Doolan and Callum Ferguson.—AFP