Stick for now but look again at home

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - CRICKET - BEN HORNE

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 goal­posts shift to swing­ing new­ball con­di­tions in Aus­tralia. How­ever, he 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,” Hussey said.

Matt Ren­shaw.

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