Short Takes: Those eyeing my place,will have to earn it: Hussey

Mike Hussey has said youngsters who want to replace him will have to earn their spot in the team as it is not his “responsibility to pass the baton on”

Written by Agencies | Published: January 23, 2012 12:58:18 am

Those eyeing my place,will have to earn it: Hussey

Adelaide: Mike Hussey has said youngsters who want to replace him will have to earn their spot in the team as it is not his “responsibility to pass the baton on”.

“Next generation has to earn their right. I played for over 10 years of first class cricket for one game of Tests. I don’t feel it’s my responsibility to pass the baton on,” the 36-year-old said.

“The first class structure though has changed. When I was coming through,pitches were very good and batsmen were getting 1000 runs in a season on a consistent basis. Now conditions are more seamer friendly. It’s uncommon,indeed rare,to have 1000 runs in a season. The goalpost has changed. We have a few outstanding batsmen who have played in difficult conditions. The 600-700 runs in a season now is worth 1000 runs of olden days,” he added.

Lee disagrees with CA’s policy to rotate pacers

Melbourne: Brett Lee has warned Cricket Australia against the temptation to “baby” the fast bowlers with a rotation system designed to protect them from injury,saying the selectors’ job is to pick the best players to spearhead the Test attack.

“I’m here or there with the 50-over game in that guys might need a rest because there is so much of it played,” Lee said.

“Twenty20 is obviously ‘do what you want’ because that’s the game — you amp it up. However,for Test match cricket you put the best on the park every time. Guys have to be fit and strong enough to get through and play a whole Test series. It’s a fact of cricketing life that along the way things do happen,players will get injured but that creates opportunity for others,” Lee was quoted by The Age.

“It’s important we don’t ‘baby’ our fast bowlers,but at the same time we don’t want to burn them out,” he said. “It’s a balancing act,but as I’ve said,I’m a firm believer in picking our best people for Test matches. We should always put our best Test team on the park.”

Gambhir: Team is motivated to do well

Adelaide: The series is out of grasp but Indian opener Gautam Gambhir said the debacle has not affected his team’s motivation and it is focussed on winning the fourth and final Test to avoid a whitewash against Australia.

“Every Test is special. You have to be motivated. There is no lack of motivation. You shouldn’t be playing cricket if you are not motivated,” said Gambhir.

“The thing is,you don’t get bad in one or two series. Just two series back,we were the world’s best. That’s when your character comes out,you try to back each other and support each other. Back your own team when the entire squad is down,” he added.

Gambhir added said he would want his side doing well here. “It’s more satisfying for me if India wins the Test than if Tendulkar scores his 100th century. When you play for the country,you want the team to win and not individuals to get records.

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