Re­called Hussey hits ground run­ning with res­cue mis­sion

Townsville Bulletin - - Bizfi Nd -

AUS­TRALIA’S strug­gles with spin on turn­ing In­dian pitches were laid bare against lowly Kenya at Ban­ga­lore.

Three wick­ets fell for 16 runs and out comes 35-year-old Mike Hussey to res­cue the side from a dif­fi­cult spot at 4-143.

Hussey’s in­nings of 54 off 43 balls came with a min­i­mum of fuss, the vet­eran hit­ting four bound­aries and shar­ing a cen­tury part­ner­ship with Michael Clarke ( 93) in Aus­tralia’s 6-324 en route to a 60-run win.

A cricket nerd if ever there was one, ‘‘ Mr Cricket’’ main­tains he’s not spe­cial, de­spite av­er­ag­ing over 50 in his 152-game one-day in­ter­na­tional ca­reer and over 90 in ODIs against In­dia in In­dia.

Hussey has been in In­dia for less than a week, hav­ing re­cov­ered from ham­string surgery and seiz­ing his chance for a World Cup re­call as an in­jury re­place­ment for pace bowler Doug Bollinger.

He says patch­ing up Aus­tralia’s mid­dle-or­der bat­ting is sim­ply a case of stick­ing to his game plan and work­ing the ball around.

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