Former batsman Mike Hussey roped in as Australia mentor ahead of Sri Lanka, Pakistan T20I series

Former middle-order batsman Mike Hussey has been drafted in by Australian coach Justin Langer to help mentor the side during their upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Agence France-Presse, Oct 20, 2019 10:31:40 IST

Sydney: Former middle-order batsman Mike Hussey has been drafted in by Australian coach Justin Langer to help mentor the side during their upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

Former batsman Mike Hussey roped in as Australia mentor ahead of Sri Lanka, Pakistan T20I series

File image of former Australian batsman Mike Hussey. Reuters

He is the latest great to be brought into the fold after Ricky Ponting joined the backroom staff at the one-day World Cup this year and Steve Waugh helped out during the Ashes series in England.

"I'm very excited actually. I'm really looking forward to getting back in around the Aussie team," Hussey, who is nicknamed "Mr Cricket", told the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Sunday.

"They are going to be trying to get strategies in place, develop a style of play and what players they want and I love all that stuff — planning for a big event," he said.

"They have floated the possibility of being involved closer to the T20 World Cup (in Australia next year) as well but it's all pretty loose at the moment," he added.

Australia play back-to-back three-game T20 series against Sri Lanka and then Pakistan starting next Sunday in Adelaide to kick off their summer season.

Langer has also made former Test speedster Ryan Harris bowling coach for the series. He told the newspaper the presence of Ponting, Waugh and now Hussey was enormous for his team.

"I can't tell you how influential these guys can be on the group," said Langer. "It's nice to have different voices and different eyes and see guys of that calibre giving us feedback on what they see," he added.

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Updated Date: Oct 20, 2019 10:31:40 IST






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