Hussey hundred sees off Scotland
David Hussey struck his maiden one-day international century as Australia secured a comfortable 189-run win against Scotland in Edinburgh today.
An Australia side much-changed from the team that conceded the Ashes back to England five days ago set about the task of regaining some winning form with routine ease after posting 345 all out batting first.
Hussey led the way as he staked his claim for selection in the upcoming limited overs matches against England, with his 111 consuming just 83 balls.
He was particularly harsh on off-spinner Majid Haq, who he dispatched over the mid-off fence for all five of his sixes - the biggest of which flew into the trees outside the ground.
In reply Scotland got off to a spirited start when openers Gavin Hamilton (38) and Fraser Watts (24) put on a quick 51.
But the hosts then lost four wickets for 31 runs as a combination of some bizarre dismissals and bad luck ruined their chase.
It was not like Australia had needed such fortune following their domineering batting display, however, they wrapped up the tail to bowl Scotland out for 156 from 39.3 overs.
Australia handed debuts to Dirk Nannes - who only in June appeared for Holland at the World Twenty20 - as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Paine.
Their selections marked a much-changed team with only Michael Clarke, standing in for Ricky Ponting as captain, Mitchell Johnson and Shane Watson remaining from the side that lost at Brit the Oval.
If they had hoped to put that disappointment to one side, then Australia did not get off to the start they wanted when David Warner was out for a duck in the first over.
The opener feathered a catch off Dewald Nel through to wicketkeeper Marc Petrie.
Clarke (16) also fell cheaply when he missed an attempted swipe to leg off a Gordon Goudie slower ball and was bowled.
But despite the early wickets the tourists proceeded at a brisk pace, thanks mostly to Watson who reached his fifty off just 30 balls.
He took 16 from Richie Berrington's first over, but was out soon after when he flicked Nel to Ryan Watson at deep square leg for a 41-ball 68.
Cameron White failed to cash in on his chance as he could only make 19, and with the score 143 for four their was some onus on Hussey and Adam Voges to forge a stand.
The pair responded with a 114-run partnership from 83 balls as Hussey began his onslaught on Haq.
Voges was happy to play second fiddle, adding just 29 in the first 100 of their stand, although Hussey rode his luck when Gordon Drummond athletically held a catch only to jump over the mid-on boundary in doing so.
Hussey did depart next over when Neil McCallum held on inches in front of the ropes.
Voges took up where Hussey left off, thrashing four sixes to reach 72, while Haq's miserable day worsened when he dropped a simple return chance.
The tourists might have then expected to post a score of over 350, but the late hitting never materialised as Goudie claimed the final four wickets for 22 runs - giving him figures of 5-73.
Scotland's reply began well with Hamilton and Fraser taking to first-change pairing Nannes and Watson.
Hamilton showed Watson little respect when he danced down the wicket before cross-batting him over the mid-on boundary in an over that cost 10 runs.
Watts then produced a far more elegant drive for the same result in Nannes' next over to bring up the fifty stand.
But Watts was unluckily out from the next ball when he dragged a widish delivery back onto his stumps for 24.
Brett Lee was reinstalled into the attack and grabbed the wicket of Ryan Watson (10) with arguably his worst ball of the afternoon.
He lost control of a slower ball which Watson did not pick up, until it landed on his off-stump.
More good fortune followed when White juggled a catch, with the aid of his cap, at first slip after Nathan Hauritz found the edge of Qasim Sheikh's bat and Hamilton (38) followed after stroking a Hussey full toss to mid-wicket where Watson took a diving catch.
From there the match petered out although Lee provided a memorable moment diving full length, and showing no sign of the side strain that has hindered him this summer, to snap up a brilliant catch at cover to dismiss Petrie for a duck.