Mar 2, 2011

CRICKET WORLD CUP: Hussey happy with patience

Batsman Mike Hussey says Australia's selectors have made the right move in delaying naming a replacement player for the World Cup squad.

The selectors were able to call up an additional player after fast bowler Doug Bollinger was forced home with injury, and surprised many when they held off on making that decision.

But Hussey, who has been widely tipped to get the call-up, along with bowlers Peter Siddle and Dirk Nannes, said it was correct for them to be cautious.
Mike Hussey

"The squad looks like it's going really well at the moment, the fast bowlers are fit and the boys have been playing really well," he said.

"It's not a bad idea just to wait and see how we go over the next couple of games and make a decision on a replacement then."

Hussey, who was forced out of the original 15-man squad with a hamstring injury, said the selectors had not told him how likely he was to come into the side.

The 35-year-old left-hander will make his return for WA in their Sheffield Shield clash with Queensland which starts on Thursday, after a successful return to Perth club cricket on Saturday.

"It seems like an age since I've played a game of cricket so I'm really looking forward to getting out there," Hussey said.

"I'm feeling good. My training has been fine for over a week now ... I know I can go as hard as I like."

Hussey's international place has come under increased scrutiny in recent weeks, despite starring in the Ashes series, but he said he has not seriously contemplated retiring.

"I love playing for Australia and it took me so long just to get one game, I don't want to stop anytime soon," he said.

"I feel like I'm a better player than I was five years ago ... I've taken a lot of confidence out of this year.

"I also take a lot of confidence out of watching guys like Sachin Tendulkar play so well into their 30s."


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