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Hussey hoping for run feast at MCG

David Hussey is one of Twenty20's gun batsmen but his usual feast is an embarrassing famine for Australia.

Hussey, who in 63 Twenty20 matches boasts an average of 32.72 at the remarkable strike rate of 139.94, has yet to strike a blow for Australia.

The aggressive right-hander didn't bat against India at the MCG last February and was out for a duck against the West Indies in Barbados in June.

"I'd really love to get off the mark in this match at the MCG," Hussey said yesterday at training for tonight's clash against South Africa.

"That first run will be something special, if I ever get it!

"I'd also like to play alongside (brother) Michael, hopefully batting with him.

"He is very intense and keeps you on your toes, and I'd look forward to playing together."

Michael has not batted in either Twenty20 match he has played with his 31-year-old sibling.

Michael declared he was improving daily from a stomach upset and hoped to take his place in the line-up.

"I'd like to get another chance to bat with David," he said.

He is looking forward to the extra freedom of the Twenty20 contests compared with the intense Test battles he has endured over the past three months.

He insists he is not on the wane as Mr Cricket confronts the first genuine slump of his Test career.

The rock of Australia's middle order has had a summer to forget, posting 190 runs against New Zealand and South Africa at a lowly 23.75, with a top score of 70.

Hussey has now gone 15 Test innings without a ton, with his Test average having plummeted from 84.80 to 59.37 over the past year.

"I won't be changing anything," Michael said.

"I think it can get you into trouble if you start stressing about it too much or you start putting more pressure on yourself or you start working yourself into the ground.

"The important thing is to stick to what you know, stick to your processes and plans. Generally when guys aren't going well, they have a clouded mind, but I don't feel that way.

"If what I'm doing isn't good enough on a particular day, I'll try and get them next time."

The brothers will be part of a group of Australian players who will serve free breakfast at Federation Square from 7am on Thursday in the lead-up to the one-day series.

source - news.com.au
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