Team is not settled for the India tour: Hussey

September 7th, 2008 - 8:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Melbourne, Sep 7 (IANS) Two weeks before Australia depart for the what they call as the toughest challenge in world cricket — tour to India - Michael Hussey said the team is yet to settle after injuries to key players and the controversy surrounding Andrew Symonds.Hussey hoped that senior players like captain Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden, who are recovering from injuries, would be fit in time for the challenge. He said they have also not given up hope on Andrew Symonds joining the squad.

Australia’s preparation for the tour has not been ideal with important members of the team nursing injuries. Skipper Ricky Ponting and Matthew Hayden missed the ODI series against Bangladesh as they recover from wrist and Achilles problem. Lee took time off to to deal with his marriage break-up while Symonds’ banishment has raised serious doubts over his availability for the Indian tour.

“We are pretty much up in the air at the moment,” Hussey was quoted as saying in Cricinfo Saturday.

“We’re certainly not settled on anything. Luckily for us, the experienced players who can come back in to the team, such as Ponting, Hayden, Symonds, Lee, they know their games very well,”

“They have got a lot of experience, they’ve played well in India before and so I don’t think it’ll take them too long.”

Hussey was not part of the Australia’s historic Test triumph in India in 2004-05 and is looking forward for his first experience.

“I’ve never played a Test in India but I think the Australian team that won in ‘04, they said that was probably the Everest and I don’t think that’s changing. India are arguably up there with the top two or three teams in the world and I think it’s going to be a wonderful series. Probably the hardest place to win in international cricket.”

Hussey also said that Symonds’ return is very important for the team.

“I just hope from Andrew’s point of view he can get his head right. He’s a very important member of our side and I think he’d be very effective in a place like India. I am hoping he’s going to be part of that trip.”

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