Arthur believes Hussey still has a strong future in Twenty20 cricket
Having played only one match throughout the entire International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, which came against the West Indies in the semi-finals, many people are starting to question whether Australia have any future plans for all-rounder David Hussey.
However, even after Australia were eliminated from the tournament in the semi-finals, national coach Mickey Arthur stated that there were still plans involving Hussey and the country’s Twenty20 squad.
Hussey has a lot of Twenty20 experience under his belt, and has scored more runs in the format, both domestically and internationally, than any other batsman in the world.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur as saying: “We wanted to go in with a structured line-up. Seven doesn’t go into six. One guy has to miss out. Glenn has played some really good one-day innings for us. He’s got a bit about him. Dave’s probably a little bit unlucky. He’s working extremely hard to get that position back and put pressure on the guys.”
Responding to criticism that Hussey should have played more games in the World Twenty20, Arthur noted that Hussey would be included in the squad for future series and that he was just too good of a player to cast aside forever.
“Definitely. I used to enjoy watching Dave Hussey bat when I coached against him. Since I’ve come in (as coach) he’s played every game, bar the start of this tournament, we wanted to get a little bit more from Dave and we wanted to Dave to finish games a little bit more than what he has. He’s aware of that. We’ve had some good honest chats about it. Dave is still very clearly in the mix and down the line could play a really big role,” Arthur added.