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Hussey ready to put axing behind him
Justin Chadwick
18:00 AEST Mon Jan 14 2013

In-form batsman Mike Hussey says he understands why he was dumped from Australia's one-day team, but is still disappointed by the decision.

Hussey, who announced his Test retirement earlier this month, was keen to play in the home one-day series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies before stepping down from international ranks altogether.

But with national selectors already sizing up candidates for the 2015 World Cup, Hussey was told his services were no longer required, despite the 37-year-old plundering 527 runs at an average of 75.3 in his six Tests this summer.

Hussey was sorely missed in Australia's eight-wicket loss to Sri Lanka at Adelaide Oval on Sunday.

But Hussey's axing is good news for the Perth Scorchers, who will welcome back the star veteran with open arms for Wednesday night's Twenty20 semi-final showdown against the Melbourne Stars at the WACA Ground.

"I'm disappointed not to be playing in the one-dayers because that was my plan," Hussey said on Monday.

"I love one-day cricket. That's where I got my opportunity to play for Australia, so I definitely wanted to play.

"But I understand what the selectors are trying to do.

"They're trying to build for the 2015 World Cup and I'll get over it I guess.

"I just want to come in and do whatever role the Scorchers need me to do. I don't want any other agendas."

Hussey's inclusion creates an awkward situation for Scorchers coach Justin Langer, who must now decide which player to drop from his in-form squad.

Former skipper Marcus North, who made way for Hussey in the opening game of the season, could be the unlucky one to miss out.

However, with Hussey a slim chance to take on the wicketkeeping duties, gloveman Tom Triffitt also faces a nervous wait.

The Stars skittled the Scorchers for 69 when the teams met last month, with Stars paceman Lasith Malinga (6-7) the destroyer.

But with Malinga on duty with Sri Lanka's one-day squad, the Shane Warne-led Stars will need to find other avenues to get the job done on enemy territory.


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