Australia legend Mike Hussey admits it felt a 'bit weird' to be in England camp – PlanetSport

Hussey has been roped as England’s batting consultant ahead of the T20 World Cup later this month and his first assignment with his previous Ashes rivals is a three-match series against his home country.


The tourists won the first match by eight runs and Hussey says he has quickly settled into his role in the England camp.

He told The Age and Sydney Morning Herald: “I was a little bit nervous to see what the reaction might be and I must admit, when I first got the training gear and put the shirt on I thought, ‘oh it feels a little bit weird’.

“But then you just get to work. There’s a bigger picture than just Australia versus England and your allegiance to Australia over England.

“I don’t mind who I’m coaching, whether it’s helping Indians, Australians, Englishmen, Dutch, whoever it is. I just like watching players develop.”
The former Australia batter also suggested he would have taken a harder line than England captain Jos Buttler when Australia’s Matthew Wade collided with fast bowler Mark Wood during the match.
Wade appeared to block Wood’s attempts to complete a caught and bowled during the latter stages of the home side’s unsuccessful chase, but Buttler made no attempt to appeal for obstructing the field.
Buttler, who recently said he would recall a batter who was run out at the non-striker’s end in a so-called ‘Mankad’, brushed off the incident after the match by suggesting it was unwise to rock the boat having just arrived Down Under.
Hussey said about the incident: “My understanding is the umpires asked Jos if he wanted to appeal and Jos said, ‘oh, don’t worry about it’.
“It was pretty good thinking I guess to have that clarity of thinking in a pressure situation, to be able to think about the long game rather than that one incident.
“But it would have been interesting if it was just left to the third umpire to make a decision, because I felt as though, watching, he certainly impeded the bowler from a chance to take the catch.
“It almost needed to be taken out of Jos’ hands and just be left to the third umpire or the umpires out there to make a call on what they thought.”


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