Mike Hussey - Score to settle in the WI

PERTH, Australia – Veteran Australia batsman Mike Hussey said all talk about his retirement is quite premature and he had a score to settle in the Caribbean.

The 36-year-old Hussey said he had no plans to bow out following the final Test of the current series against India in Adelaide – and expected to return to the Caribbean, where he had limited success when the Baggy Greens visited four years ago.

“Throughout the whole summer I have just tried to set myself for this series, but my body feels good, I still feel I’m playing well, and mentally I’m still keen to turn up to training and keen for the battle in the middle,” said Hussey.

“From that point of view, I am definitely thinking of continuing on. I’d love to go to the West Indies. I didn’t perform as well as I’d have liked in the West Indies last time I toured there for a Test tour, so that’s something I’d really like to go on and play well at. . .”

He added: “But I just really want to be part of Australia’s success, being part of helping Australia get back to being No.1.

“I was lucky enough to come into the team when we were possibly the best team I’ve ever played for, to then go through some more turbulent and difficult times, and I’d love to be part of the team that can work our way back up, that’d be a fantastic international journey.”

Hussey said the Australia dressing room was a much happier place to be this year than at the same time last year, when they were in the throes of an Ashes defeat to arch-rivals England, possibly reassuring him that he would like stay.

“Certainly winning breeds that fun, but also there’s been so much change around the team, and I think for a while there everyone did get a bit insular, and it was a bit quieter, we were a bit more intense,” he said.

“But I think now the new coach has set in, the new selectors have stepped in, the communication’s been really good, everyone knows where they stand, they know what their roles are, and they know where they want to take the team in the future.

“I think that gives everyone a lot of heart and a lot of confidence. And then you can really be yourself and really see the characters come through in the team.”

Australia face West Indies in five One-day Internationals, a Twenty20 International and three Tests between March 16 and April 27.

Sun, 01/22/2012 - 07:42