Australia’s ace batsman David Hussey has said that he is expecting a hard-fought battle when the Aussies take on their in-form hosts England in the 5-ODI Natwest series.
England’s test and ODI series victories against the West Indies recently have propelled them to a new high and have made the team strong, confident and determined and it will be no easy task to take them down, especially on their home grounds. Australia however, are #1 in the ICC ODI rankings and will no doubt be inspired by the prospect of taking on their old adversaries and arch-rivals. both teams clash in Ashes 2013 next year.
“It’s probably a pinnacle, playing Australia v England. I think everybody wants to watch it. We’re ranked number one in the world and England are coming thick and fast.
“England play particularly well at home; they know their grounds and their conditions, so we will have to be at our best to beat them,” Hussey was quoted saying.
He also spoke about his matches in the English County Nottinghamshire and spoke about his team-mates Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann and Samit Patel, saying that these three were the players Australia should be most worried about.
“Broad, Swann and Patel are three of the best one-day cricketers going around and play at a great county, so I think we have to nullify their existence in order to win,” the middle-order batsman said with a grin.
“That’s all we are really concerned about, just the Notts boys. They are very talented boys and very well coached.”
Australia will start the ODI series with England on the 29th of June after they are through with their warm-up matches, the first one against Leicestershire. The 34-year-old spoke about the warm-up matches and was quoted saying: “We just want to hit the ground running and execute our skills as best as we possibly can. I think a few people will be jostling for positions. It’s a very competitive squad we’ve got out here.
“We have to adapt as quickly as possible and once we do I think we will execute our skills perfectly.”
This will indeed be something to watch as the two teams hit the field next week at Lord’s. Both have them have reasons to be optimistic and will be looking to gain an early advantage.