Melbourne, March 20 (IANS) Australia’s retired Test batsman Mike Hussey said he won’t consider coming out of retirement for this year’s Ashes cricket series in England.
With Australia performing badly in India, coach Mickey Arthur had said that he would be open to the idea of Hussey returning to the national set-up.
But a flattered Hussey said he has moved on, The Age reported.
“It’s extremely flattering. But I’ve moved on and I really don’t want to be back in that pressure-cooker environment, particularly leading into the Ashes.
“It’s going to be an extremely stressful time for all the boys. I’m really looking forward to having a winter at home and having some time with the family and being part of some normal life,” Watson was quoted as saying.
Hussey, who retired in January, is still on top of his game and has scored 527 runs at an average of 75.3 in his last domestic summer.
“People probably take it for granted, but I absolutely love knowing that I get to come home every day rather than going to another hotel room or another airport.
“I feel very lucky to have been able to leave on my own terms and leave when I wanted to,” said Hussey.
Hussey said selectors should have faith in the squad in India.
Hussey said instead of putting faith in retired players, the selectors should look at Twenty20 captain George Bailey, who would be a good fit for the Ashes.
“He’s done well in the one-day arena for Australia and he knows his game pretty well.
“He’s played a lot of first-class cricket, and having that understanding of your own game is really important when you come into the pressure-cooker situation of a Test match,” he said.
–Indo-Asia News Service