Hussey forced to hurry in­nings up

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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

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