Australian Test stalwart Mike Hussey has made a bold claim regarding the Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli’s
Australian Test stalwart Mike Hussey has made a bold claim regarding the Indian cricket team under Virat Kohli’s Mike Hussey does not read much into world No 1 India’s Test series defeat in South Africa, as he cites travelling woes almost all teams grapple with when they are on the road.
India entered last month’s Freedom Series against South Africa as favourites but were hammered in the first two Tests which dented their image as a world number 1 team that could not live up to its reputation.
But Hussey does not want to read much into India’s overseas Test defeat having won only against West Indies and Sri Lanka in away series this decade and says Virat Kohli’s team will get better.
“They (India) are a fantastic team. It is no shame losing to South Africa in South Africa; you see a lot of teams travelling and the away teams struggle. We saw England struggle in the Ashes, we see Australia struggle when they go to England, and we see Australia struggling in India and India when (they) come in Australia,” he said.
“Away teams find it hard. virat Kohli team India have a fantastic team, very well led by Virat Kohli, and they will continue to get better,” added Hussey after the conclusion of the St Moritz Ice Cricket .
While India have had several IPL stars such as Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya graduating to playing Test cricket, Australia are still unable to find talent which can deliver in the shortest format at the international level.
Admitting that Australia did not take T20 cricket as seriously as the others at the start, Hussey hoped for a better future. “I know it is something very important to the Australian team. We haven’t won the T20 trophy before, so we are keen to do well. We have some very good players coming through, hoping that we can be right up there to fight for it,” he said.
“I think we are definitely growing quickly in the T20 game. When T20 first started we were behind, we didn’t take it seriously. Other countries were probably a little bit ahead of us, but now I’m hoping (that) Australians are catching up,” he added.
“We have seen some outstanding performances throughout the Big Bash and now that there is a tri-series on, Australia have played some of those Big Bash players like D’Arcy Short. AJ (Andrew) Tye has been good; he has come into the ODI team. I would not be surprised if there is a bit of flow-on effect from here. I’d expect it to start happening a bit more in the future,” he added.
The fact that Australia have not lost a series in South Africa amuses Hussey, and hopes that Steve Smith’s men maintain that record. “It is going to be a great series, challenging for both teams, particularly for batsmen. I think the Australian batsmen are going to work really hard for their runs. It is a very good South African attack; the pitches are not as true as in Australia. I’m just looking forward to two very good teams going head-to-head,” he said.