Hussey hails young pretenders
Mike Hussey believes Australia’s current team has a more "working class” feel about it than the star-studded crop that previously dominated the game.
Despite losing their grip on the Ashes, Australia go into Tuesday’s fifth one-day international against England at Trent Bridge with a 4-0 lead, knowing victory is already assured in the seven-match series.
Australia’s change of guard, however, has been well documented and Hussey, one of the few survivors from the previous era, admits there is a different approach when they now take to the field.
“I think we’re more of a working-class team now,” he said. “When I first started playing we had an unbelievable team to be involved in really.
“There was so much confidence, so much presence about the team and you did expect to win every single game and win it well.
“Being part of this team, everyone has a specific job they’ve got to do and we all have to be doing our jobs if we’re going to win and win well.
“We don’t rely just on one player to make all the runs or be the match-winner. I think we’ve all got to chip in and do our best.
“I actually get on well with the younger generation. They are different but it’s good as I can learn off them as well.”
Australia’s current success in the one-day format bodes well for the forthcoming ICC Champions Trophy in South Africa.
Their Ashes defeat saw them slip to number four in the Test rankings behind South Africa, Sri Lanka and India, while South Africa are once again the team to watch in ODIs.
Comparisons will once again be made back to the golden generation that ensured Australia dominated the rankings but Hussey, despite admitting it is a motivating factor, insists regaining top spot is not currently where the focus lies.
“I don’t think we’ve really thought about that too much at all,” he said. “I think we’ve got a lot of new faces around the squad, which has been fantastic. A lot of enthusiasm, a lot of freshness.
“Realistically, I think we’ve got a lot of work to do until we can claim we’re the best one-day team in the world.
“It’s definitely a motivating factor for the team to try and be the best team in the world.
“But I don’t think that’s where we see ourselves at the moment. We’re building a team, building a new environment, a new culture almost really - trying to take bits and pieces from the past regimes and trying to improve on those as well.”