Hussey hopes to put England in a spin
David Hussey believes Australia have learned their lesson from the Ashes-deciding Brit Oval defeat and are preparing to unleash a spin barrage in tomorrow’s NatWest Twenty20 internationals with England.
Australia were roundly criticised for their decision to omit a specialist slow bowler in the fifth npower Test, with England leaning heavily on Graeme Swann in their pursuit of victory.
A shortage of slow bowling is unlikely to be a problem stand-in skipper Michael Clarke faces at Old Trafford in the first match of the limited-overs series, though, after using four spinners in the 50-over clash against Scotland.
Batting won the day in that match, with Hussey hitting a fine century to see Australia to an unassailable total of 345, but the 32-year-old believes the efforts of himself and fellow spinners Cameron White, Nathan Hauritz and Adam Voges will be important against England.
“We basically treated the Scotland match as a Twenty20 game so all the spin options were quick changes,” he said.
“We only bowled two or three overs in a row at any stage. I think spin plays a massive part in Twenty20 cricket, so hopefully we can all do a job for Australia.
“We basically came away preparing for the Twenty20. That’s why we set up the team that way, we’ve put a good statement on how we want to play.
“Of course England are probably a bit more talented (than Scotland), however, I still believe our dressing room is ultra-talented and I believe we have the match-winners to take on the English.
“It’s a pretty good start, we’ve won one and hopefully we can make it two at Old Trafford.
“We were preparing to play our best cricket so that hopefully we can hit the ground running tomorrow.”
Hussey, who has 23 ODI caps and 10 in international Twenty20, accepts the side are in a rebuilding phase but believes the likes of wicketkeeper Tim Paine and former Holland seamer Dirk Nannes, who are both set to make debuts tomorrow, can help form the basis of a formidable side.
“I think we’re going through a transition period, I guess,” said Hussey.
“There are a lot of debuts, but that means there are opportunities for players. You’ve just got to try and be one of those players to grab those opportunities. Australian cricket has been so strong for so long, you want to keep that up.
“I think England will be on a roll. They are an experienced team in Twenty20 and they have the Ashes momentum behind them but hopefully Australia can match it and go 1-0 up.”
Twenty20 specialist Nannes, a member of the Dutch side who humbled England in the World Twenty20 opener earlier this year, is revelling in his belated Australia call-up.
The 33-year-old said: “Now I’m getting my chance, if I keep bowling the way I have been then hopefully that holds me in good stead to get picked.
“It’s pretty hard playing Twenty20 cricket and nothing else. The games are so far apart internationally. It’s tricky (to get momentum) but hopefully I can stay on the park and play well.
“I know I’ve had a few good years of Twenty20 cricket and when I’m bowling well I’m good enough to be picked in any side of the world. I think I’ve shown that.”