Mike Hussey: Test cricket can exist with other formats


It’s been more than three years since Australia star batsman Mike Hussey retired from international cricket. Now 41, the Perth-born left-hander hasn’t given up the game, though. He is currently plying his trade at the Caribbean Premier League for St Lucia Zouks besides playing part-time roles of batting consultant or coach for different teams.The 79-Test and 185-ODI veteran is motivated and enjoying the game the way he used to while playing international cricket. “I am enjoying the CPL, it has been very challenging. Each team is very strong and they play the conditions very well,” Hussey told dna from the Caribbean.As fit as a fiddle, the Aussie is humbled when he is told of his ability to match many youngsters in terms of fitness. “I am not sure I can match the youngsters, there are some phenomenal athletes playing in the CPL. Fitness is something that I have worked hard on for my whole career.”With coaching being one of the crucial part of his career at the present, there were reports of him being approached by former India star VVS Laxman if he would be interested to coach Team India.”It was a very casual conversation, certainly not an offer. We were just catching up on a wide variety of topics and coaching India came up. It is a massive job and even bigger commitment. The reason why I retired from playing was I did not want to be away from home ten months of the year. As an international coach, I would be doing exactly that. At this stage of my life, I am not interested in being away from family for that amount of time.”And Hussey seems to be not keen on applying for India job too in the future.Hussey is all praise of India’s new coach Anil Kumble. “I am sure he will do a great job as he knows the culture and the players very well, plus he has a good understanding of the modern game and modern players. He has some great players to work with as well. He came across to me to be very good with strategy and organisation,” the Western Australia player said.However, Hussey admitted he did not have an “idea” on how would be the combination of the ultra-aggressive India captain Virat Kohli and the experienced Anil Kumble.One of the best finishers in ODI cricket, Hussey replied with a big “No” if India’s limited overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has lost his midas touch or the finish skills.Hussey said he was happy for Misbah-ul-Haq who, at 42, became the oldest cricketer to score a century in the Test match against England at Lord’s. “Fantastic achievement, I am very happy for him. I think he would also like the win at Lord’s to go with the ton,” said Hussey.The Aussie star said he was excited to see Mohammad Amir return to international fold after going spot-fixing saga. “It is great to see him back. He served his time and should now be allowed to get on with his career. With the experience he has gone through, I am confident he won’t make the same mistake again.”The ICC has come up with different ideas like two divisions and day-night cricket with pink ball to make Test cricket exciting. “I don’t really have any strong views, because I still love Test cricket and believe it can successfully exist with the other formats, because the players won’t let Test cricket die. All the new initiatives have pros and cons,” said Hussey.

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