Hussey de­lighted with call- up

Townsville Bulletin - - Cricket -

AN ELATED Mike Hussey says it will be ‘‘ out of this world’’ if he can play a part in help­ing Aus­tralia win their fourth straight World Cup.

Hussey was told of his World Cup re­call dur­ing Sun­day’s tea break in the Sh­effield Shield match be­tween West­ern Aus­tralia and Queens­land at the WACA Ground.

The 35-year-old, who was part of the ini­tial squad but then axed fol­low­ing a ham­string in­jury, will fly off to the sub­con­ti­nent to­day but said he was un­sure whether he would slot straight back into the side.

‘‘ Just go­ing is a bit of a dream come true but to ac­tu­ally be there as part of a win­ning Aus­tralian team would be out of this world, so let’s hope,’’ Hussey said yes­ter­day.

‘‘ I feel very ex­cited and can’t wait to get over there and catch up with the boys.

‘‘ I’ve had lots of mes­sages from the boys al­ready so I’m just ex­cited to get over there re­ally.’’

Hussey, who re­places inj u r e d p a c e m a n D o u g Bollinger, posted scores of j u s t 1 9 a n d 1 1 a g a i n s t Queens­land i n hi s f i r s t Shield hit-out since un­der­go­ing ham­string surgery in Jan­uary. But the pro­lific left­hander said his time at the crease and in the field gave him con­fi­dence his ham­string would hold up to the rigours of one-day cricket.

‘‘ The first in­nings I fielded in the slips for the whole in­nings so I didn’t re­ally have to test it too much but in the sec­ond in­nings the se­lec­tors ac­tu­ally did want me to have a bit of a run around in the field,’’ Hussey said. ‘‘ So I spoke to Nor­thy ( skip­per Mar­cus North) and said ‘ do you mind if I have a run in the out­field?’

‘‘ And the more I was out and on it the bet­ter it felt and the more con­fi­dence I got with it. It would have been nice to score more runs but just to be out there play­ing the game you love again is what it’s all about.

‘‘ Just know­ing I can get through the game and know I can go full of con­fi­dence with the leg, that gives me a lot of con­fi­dence as well.’’

Hussey be­lieved Aus­tralia were a good chance of win­ning the ti­tle in In­dia.

‘‘ We’ve got to be a great chance,’’ he said. ‘‘ A con­fi­dent Aus­tralian t eam i s al­ways very hard to beat so hope­fully we can keep build­ing that con­fi­dence and be right there at the busi­ness end of the tour­na­ment.’’

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