Melbourne: Australia all-rounder David Hussey, who played a big part in his team’s facile 31-run victory over India in Sydney last night, is looking for a perfect game to make it 2-0 in the second Twenty20 international at the MCG here in Melbourne.
“It’s pretty important to make it 2-0. We played good cricket and got a few cobwebs out of the way. We want to keep the momentum going forward and play a perfect game in front of 90,000 (fans) at the MCG,” said Hussey, who make 43 runs and took two wickets and a catch during his all-round show in Sydney last night.
“There’s no better feeling than to do it at MCG, the home of Australian cricket in front of 90,000 people. There’s no better atmosphere throughout the world.”
David Hussey, unlike his brother Mike, bats right handed and was described last night by his skipper George Bailey as “one of the cleanest striker of a cricket ball in the game”.
His performance last night has pushed up his stakes in the Australian hierarchy and he was determined to confirm the impression at the MCG. He is a regular for Australia in both ODIs and Twenty20 matches.
“Men like Finch, Matty (Matthew Wade), McKay and myself are looking to get a run and put up a good show in front of best supporters in the world,” he said.
Indeed, there were quite a few performers, besides Hussey, who put up their hands in Sydney last night — none more so than returning wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade, who slammed 70 off 43 balls.
“One of his big attributes is he competes. When the game is on line, you want him in trenches. Last night he showed his wares. He is couple of innings away from cementing a Test spot, perhaps,” Hussey said.
“He’s been doing it for Victoria in the last 3-4 years. He’s now showing his class and hopefully he could do it at the MCG as well.”
The talking point though was the “switch hit” employed by David Warner off Ravichandran Ashwin which cleared the long-off fence, a monster of a 100m hit.
“It was phenomenal. He’s been practicing it in the nets. David is a fantastic talent, (imagine) to hit it 100m batting right-handed!.
“In the nets he does it all the time. Once he frustrated me and I beamed him. I tried to hit him on the head and it didn’t go down well. There was a bit of a falling,” he said.
Hussey said there was no reason for critics to raise fingers on the legality of the shot.
“You can (do it). In baseball, people hit both sides of the plates. There’s no reason you can’t do it in cricket.
“Dave is a pioneer and a few of the younger kids coming through can follow such skills.
“I think it’s innovative. Dave is a very classy player and can hit right or left hand. It’s an invention of Twenty20 cricket and there’s no reason why it can’t be played in Test arena.
“The run-rate is increasing to 4-5 in an over now and with switch hit being employed, you could see 200 in a day in Tests,” he added.
The right-hander though put it beyond himself to attempt such a stroke in the middle.
“No, I am old, I am not brave enough, very conservative, very conventional.”
And what if he was hit by a batsman in a similar fashion in the middle?
“I would pray that he mishits and it goes up in the air.
“While bowling right-arm you are resigned (to bowling so) and can’t change halfway through. It’s not rule. Anyway, it’s a batter’s game,” Hussey said.
And then there is that old warhorse, left-arm chinaman bowler Brad Hogg, now 40, who nevertheless proved his worth by taking one for 21 from four overs yesterday.
“It’s fantastic that he’s got back to international arena. He loves to compete and goes for wicket. He changes the momentum of the game. But in the dressing room — stay away (from him)!”
Hussey believed the Indians are brimming with talents and before the summer is out, they would show their worth.
“Looking up and down the team sheet, you see Raina at number 4, Rohit Sharma at 5, Jadeja and Kohli at number three —- they all dominate in IPl,” he said.
“At anyone stage, whether in Twenty20s or ODIs, you are going to see them firing and they are match-winners. They are going to win games for their country.
“It’s a formidable line-up and they could be firing tomorrow. Though it might not spin that much, it would be a good wicket, helping fast and hopefully McKay would get a chance to show his wares,” he added.
Hussey said his side was lucky to get so many wickets early during yesterday’s T20 game.
“I thought Indians bowled and fielded really well. But our bowling and fielding was good as well and we were lucky to get a few early wickets.”