Hussey forced to hurry innings up
MIKE HUSSEY was looking forward to putting his feet up and watching his Australian teammates bat in the second Ashes Test against England before he quickly found himself in the maelstrom yesterday.
Hussey goes into bat at the third wicket down but it took just 11 heart-racing minutes before he was out in the middle in the din created by 38,000 roaring fans as Australia crashed to two for three.
England had a sensational start when they removed senior opener Simon Katich, skipper Ricky Ponting and vicecaptain Michael Clarke in an amazing 10-ball opening spell.
Before he knew it Hussey, 35, was on his way to the crease and went on to top-score with 93 in Australia’s modest score of 245.
“I was just rushing to get my gear. It was all happening very quickly,” Hussey recalled. “I couldn't really believe it, to be honest. It was just (a) shock and before I blinked I was out there in the middle.”
It was Australia’s worst start to a Test innings in 60 years.
Hussey said he was preparing to relax and watch a few hours’ cricket before it was his turn to bat on the normally high-scoring Adelaide wicket.
“I was actually looking for- ward to having a nice relax for a few hours and watching the first session,” he said. “I have a set routine. Once the first wicket falls, I get my shoes and whites on. When two wickets go down I get my gear on pretty quick. I was upstairs watching – obviously I wasn’t there for very long.
“I wasn’t panicked, I was pretty much ready to go.”
Hussey, known as “Mr Cricket”, has quickly dispelled suggestions that his Test place is in jeopardy with scores of 195 in Brisbane and 93 in Adelaide. “It’s only two innings. It doesn’t really make a summer or win us the Ashes. It’s only two knocks at this stage,” Hussey said.
“I think you probably need a little bit of luck. It’s a very fine line with batting and even today I think I nicked one just short of Graeme Swann at second slip.
“I was also dropped by Jimmy Anderson. I haven’t changed anything in my game, my approach or my preparation or anything like that, but I think you just need a little bit of luck in this game, it’s a very fine line.”
Hussey said Australia was not finished just yet in the Adelaide Test. – Sapa-AFP