Hussey says desert escape artists need time to evolve
TEST great Mike Hussey has called on selectors to pick and stick with Australia’s desert escape artists but believes deck chairs might shuffle come the home summer.
Australian coach Justin Langer has hinted Matt Renshaw might be considered for a shock appointment at No.3 against India in December if new opening pair Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch continue to click, emphasising that chemistry at the top of the order is paramount.
Hussey believes the more likely option might be for Finch to slide down to the middle-order when the goal- posts shift to swinging newball conditions in Australia.
However, Mr Cricket says Langer and the selectors have an opportunity after the heroics in Dubai to give their troupe of unheralded rookies time to breathe and evolve.
Marnus Labuschagne made 0 and 13 on Test debut and the Marsh brothers struggled up the order at No.3 and 4 but Hussey says if recent history has taught Australia anything, it’s that reactive decisions with personnel has set the team back.
In regards to Tuesday’s deciding Test in Abu Dhabi, the consideration Langer will give to resting Mitchell Starc shapes as the only possible change — an attitude Hussey believes players can inspire players to flourish.
“As a player, it’s really nice to know that if you understand what your role is, you’ve got a chance to make it your own,” said Hussey who is in Dubai commentating for Fox Cricket.
“One of the mistakes we’ve made in the past is we’ve chopped and changed a bit too much and we’ve made our mind up about players, that [for example] they can’t play in the sub-continent, let’s get rid of them.
“But you need to fail in these conditions, quite a few times before figuring it out and I think the perfect example of that is Usman Khawaja.”