David Hussey eyeing late Test debut, wants to play for Australia at the 2015 World Cup – Cricket News Update
The Aussie all-rounder David Hussey, who turns 35 in July this year, expressed that he wants to make a late Test debut, and added that he hopes to play for Australia at the 2015 ICC World Cup. The cricketer will be 37 by the time the next World Cup rolls
around, but yet he is undeterred.
“You want to be in a winning World Cup, it's probably second to playing Test cricket for Australia," Hussey said.
He has laid down the strategy for making the team in 2015, which is simply to perform consistently. He said, "It (playing in 2015 World Cup) is realistic. I want to keep doing well. If you keep doing well you give the selectors a hard task to make that phone
call to say you're not in the team. If I keep doing well and contributing to the team's success, you just never know,” he said in an interview with the Sydney Morning Herald.
Ever since he made his One Day International debut four years ago, Hussey has played for Australia sparingly, and being dropped 14 times is a testament to that. However, at the moment he is in top form, maintaining a batting average of 44.77, and taking
11 wickets at an average of 21.18 since his comeback. His latest comeback was last summer for an ODI series against England.
He also played a vital role in his side's win against India in the opening encounter of the ongoing Commonwealth Bank Series, scoring an unbeaten 61 off 30 balls, and bringing the innings to a close with a six off Ravindra Jadeja. However, he is unwilling
to get too comfortable in his spot, saying he plays every innings as if it were his last.
The younger Hussey admitted that he looks up to his elder brother for inspiration in face of adversary. “We (he and Michael) are both stubborn people. When people say you're too old or you've lost your form or you're not good enough to play at the level,
you get your back up and want to get out there and prove a lot of people wrong”, he said.
While John Inverarity's selection panel is focusing on younger cricketers for the next World Cup, which includes players such as Matthew Wade, Mitchell Marsh and Peter Forrest, but Hussey feels that if he can make the right kind of contributions to the team,
he has as much of a chance as anyone else. He claimed that he was fit and healthy, and hoped to play Test cricket for Australia too.
The Aussies are due to face Sri Lanka in the second match of the ongoing tri-series on Friday.