It’s not very often you hear someone like ‘Mr Cricket’ coming out and taking a swipe against his cricket bosses, but thats exactly what Mike Hussey has done in response to him not being given the chance to play in this years cricket world cup.
This is obviously a major disappointment to him and it is almost certainly his last chance to play in the 50 world cup.
Given all this, I still believe that Hussey is being very diplomatic with what he has said.
He could have easily come out and put the boot into the selectors, who I think it would be fair to say are not in the strongest of positions at the moment.
This statement though, is probably as close to dissent as you are likely to get from Hussey.
He rightly points out that the precedent was set with Andrew Symonds 4 years ago. If I remember rightly, a lot of that was down to Ricky Ponting’s insistence of having Symonds in the squad.
What has changed here then? Did Ponting not make a similar case on Hussey’s behalf? Or has Ponting not got the same sort of clout and influence that he had 4 years back?
Personally I think Hussey is very unlucky. He is a naturally fit bloke, if he said he could be fit by the 3rd game, then that would have been good enough for me. He is a bloke who can be taken at face value.
This looks like yet another major clanger and PR disaster from the bungling Aussie selectors.