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Hussey brushes off talk of succeeding Ponting

Hussey has emerged as an astute cricketing brain, but he says he is happy just to be playing for Australia.

india Updated: Sep 19, 2006 11:07 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse

Michael Hussey has brushed off talk of wanting to succeed Ricky Ponting as Australian captain, saying he is happy just to be playing in the same side.

Hussey took charge of his first game as skipper on Monday in the DLF Cup against the West Indies and led from the front, scoring a maiden one-day century only to see his side beaten by three wickets.

His efforts came hot on the heels of a poll on leading website that showed 54 percent of voters believed Hussey should be Australia's next captain.

Current vice-captain Adam Gilchrist attracted just 20.3 percent of the votes.

"I've mentioned a few times that I'm 100 percent behind Ricky and Adam as captain and vice-captain of the team, and I can't really see that changing for the foreseeable future," said Hussey, who was deputising for a resting Ponting.

"I'm really happy to get an opportunity, but I'm 100 percent behind them."

Hussey has emerged as an astute cricketing brain and also a valuable one-day batsman, and said he thoroughly enjoyed his first outing as skipper.

"I enjoyed trying to come up with new ideas to find a wicket, or how we were going to keep it tight," he said.

"I'm also lucky that I had some very experienced cricketers around me to give me some help. I enjoyed watching the way Brian Lara constructed his innings as well, and trying to play some mind-games with him."

At one point Ponting was the drinks man, bringing out refreshments for Hussey, who said he asked for advice.

"A couple of times when he came on, I was desperate for some help," said Hussey. "He's very calm and doesn't worry about too many things."

Gilchrist is not playing in Malaysia but will return to the squad for the Champions Trophy in India next month.


First Published: Sep 19, 2006 11:07 IST