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Long net sessions don't mean better preparation: Hussey

india Updated: Jan 22, 2012 18:43 IST
Mike Hussey

The Indian cricket team is drawing criticism for what is being described as lack of intensity in training but it found unlikely support in Australian batsman Mike Hussey, who said the visitors are experienced enough to do well without long net sessions.

Australia lead the ongoing four-Test series 3-0 and the Indians have been roundly criticised by former players such as Sunil Gavaskar for not being intense enough in their training sessions.

Even though Australia's practice sessions have been noticeably intense, Hussey didn't think that the Indians were lacking in any measure.

"Indian players are so experienced, they know their games so well, they know what they need to be ready. I don't feel laying down a few markers necessarily means (preparing better). It comes down to an individual (how they could) give off his best," Hussey said.

It's apparent each Australian bowler has bowled with extra zip in the nets. Hussey said it's not just the bowlers, it's the way Australians have looked to train under new coach Mickey Arthur.

"I don't know if that's the motivation. Since Mickey Arthur has taken over, there is a bit of a goal to raise the bar in training standards. The intensity, throughout this summer, has been very high.

"Whether fighting for last place or not, I expect all guys to maintain intensity."

Hussey, meanwhile, is completely enamoured with Sachin Tendulkar in the present series and feels it's "inevitable" he would get his 100th century in due course.

"He has played brilliantly. Watching him closely, his footwork, the time he has and the straight bat, both off the front and backfoot, he's playing really well. If he continues it's inevitable," said Hussey as he shaped up for the final Test at Adelaide, beginning here on Tuesday.