A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Lasith Malinga is ‘in the form of his life’, says David Hussey

Hussey believes Malinga is unstoppable on most occasions

Australia batsman David Hussey believes Sri Lanka pace demon Lasith Malinga is currently “in the form of his life” after having played with him for the Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League (BBL) and against him during the national team’s recently concluded ODI series against the Lankan Lions.

Malinga was tied at the top of the wicket-takers list for this year’s BBL and Hussey noted that Sri Lanka are a much tougher side with him leading the bowling attack.

Besides Malinga, Hussey stated that spin duo Ajantha Mendis and youngster Akila Dananjaya, who both have a wide range of deliveries, including some extremely unorthodox ones, also pose a huge threat.

“They’ve got some of the best bowlers in the world,” Hussey said. “Lasith Malinga, I was lucky enough to play with him at the Melbourne Stars and he’s in the form of his life. All our batters have to really get down to business and do their homework and really try to take him out of the equation.

“Never scared [of facing him] – it’s always exciting. You always want to play the best bowlers in the world. It’s a great opportunity to face him. If you do well against him, it gives not only your team a lot of confidence but yourself and your game a lot of confidence as well.

“You’ve just got to get your plans and your focus purely on his three different balls. He’s got a very fast bumper, a very good yorker which he executes every time, and his slower ball. Just get your individual plans ready to go and try to nullify his game plan. If we take him out of the game, it definitely goes a long way to winning the game.”

While Hussey enjoys the challenge of playing Malinga, it may well be his last time doing so since his time in the Australian side could start to be determined on a series-by-series basis.

With Hussey being 35 and many upcoming youngsters starting to knock on the door, Cricket Australia will have to push the button soon enough since it is in their best interest to elevate the country’s ranking in the future.

Hussey realises that he is on borrowed time and noted that he will start taking full advantage of any opportunities he gets to represent his country.

“A few times I’ve played for Australia in the past, I’ve had a few regrets and didn’t really play the way I wanted to play,” Hussey said. “This time I’m just going to have a lot of fun, enjoy myself and play with no regrets and a lot of freedom. I haven’t done quite as well as I wanted to do. I haven’t really finished games off the way I wanted to finish games off and win games of cricket for Australia. This time, fresh mind, new opportunity and play with no regrets.

“The UAE series probably didn’t go to plan. I didn’t play very well at all, and then the World T20 I didn’t get much of an opportunity. You come back to Australia you really want to right the wrongs and prove a few people wrong. I really have struggled the first part of the Shield season but one-day cricket I’ve done quite well. This is a great opportunity for me to free the mind, play with no regrets and show a few people that I can play at the level.”

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