Mike Hussey plans to break lean form with a relaxed approach

March 6th, 2009 - 5:47 pm ICT by ANI  

Durban (South Africa), Mar.6 (ANI): Michael Hussey, Australias Mr. Cricket, plans to break his lean trot with the bat in a relaxed manner.
Hussey is an upbeat and enthusiastic individual. No one celebrated Australia’’s victory in the first Test with more vigor.
He has heart, soul, passion, commitment and a bloody horrible singing voice. He’’s determined, but not too determined, to come good when hostilites against South Africa resume in the second Test at Sahara Stadium on Friday.
“I”m trying to go the other way and stay as relaxed as possible,” Hussey said when asked if he had analyzed the reasons for the first horror run of his Test career.
“I had a good look at myself in the series back home against South Africa. I think, in the first two Tests anyway, I was really trying so hard.
“It was such a big Test series. Obviously they”re a very, very good team, it was such a huge series and I was so desperate to do well that I was probably trying too hard. I was really tense, gripping that bat as hard as I could, being so determined.
“Sometimes the harder you try, the worse you go. I”m making a really conscious effort to relax my body a bit more and just let myself play. I know when I was having success for Australia early in my career, I was playing relaxed and calm. That’’s what I”ve been trying to focus on the last couple of months.”
After 18 Tests, Hussey’’s average was 86.18. Seventeen appearances later, it’’s 57.11. His past eight innings against the Proteas have included six scores in single figures. Three of them have been ducks. His last duck was a golden, falling to a failed pull shot at the Wanderers that beggared belief.
He’’s made a measly 89 runs at 12.71 in his past four Tests against the Proteas. (ANI)

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