A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Michael Hussey not likely to be part of Australia’s T20 squad any more, says George Bailey

Hussey played a crucial role in helping Australia reach the semi-finals

Australia Twenty20 captain George Bailey has revealed that veteran batsman Michael Hussey is highly unlikely to be part of the squad any more since the team is in need of fresh faces for the 2014 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20, which will be held in Bangladesh.

Hussey, currently 37, put on a spectacular performance during the recent World Twenty20, scoring 155 runs at an average of 77.50 and a strike-rate of 123.02.

However, Bailey believes that the workload is starting to become too much for Hussey to handle and the search to replace him at the number three spot will commence as soon as possible.

The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Bailey as saying: “There’s no doubt the team will start to focus on 2014. It will be about developing a group, Mike will be an interesting one. The other thing to take into account with him that if he is going to be playing all of the Test and one-day cricket too then come the back end of the summer there’s probably no need for him to be playing, if he’s still playing in 2014 then we’ll know exactly what he does. He’s done that a bit in the T20 format, sat out then come back in.”

Australia are only scheduled to play only 13 Twenty20 Internationals in the next 18 months.

“In that time I think we only play [13] games so we don’t want to spend too many of those series mucking around with different teams. We want to get the structure right with the group we think will take us to success in Bangladesh,” Bailey added.

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