David Hussey hoping for Twenty20 call-up
Victorian batsman David Hussey is eyeing off next month's Twenty20 international against India as a chance to launch his cricket career for Australia.
Fresh from starring in the Bushrangers' 12-run win over NSW on Sunday night, Hussey considered the February 1 match at the MCG as a chance for him to follow his brother Michael into the Australian team.
"Definitely, I'd like to play for Australia in any competition, (be it) Test cricket or a Twenty20 match," he said.
"I'd play marbles for Australia if I possibly could, any opportunity I'd love to play.
"Hopefully they're (national selectors) looking at the Victorian situation.
"We've got Hodgey (Brad Hodge), who I believe is one of the best Twenty20 players in the country, Cam White will come back from injury, hopefully I'm knocking on the door and Andrew McDonald as well.
"We've got a lot of talented players in our squad and hopefully we get Australian representatives because that's what we're all about."
Hussey's ball-striking and all-round abilities were on show when he slammed four sixes in an unbeaten 70, from 40 balls, and then took two wickets with his offspinners.
The performance continued the 30-year-old's excellent limited-overs form of recent years, and had NSW captain Simon Katich certain the younger Hussey would get a national call-up.
"He's a stand-out," Katich said.
"His form in one-day cricket in England and here has been excellent and he's just a great striker of the ball, so I'm sure he's getting looked at."
Australian selectors have used Twenty20 fixtures as a vehicle to promote younger players, although Hussey rates as one of the more experienced Twenty20 players in this country given his productivity in English county cricket.
He said he enjoyed the different challenges the shortened game produced.
"I like the fact that you just go out there, there's no pressure, you can swing the bat and the coach doesn't give you a bollocking for getting out," he said.
"I like how you have to think really quickly under pressure, if you do that you get the right situation and the right result."
Victoria's win moved them to second and gave them a great chance of earning a berth in the final if they can topple the unbeaten Tasmania (top) on Tuesday night at the MCG, in a rematch of last season's final.
However, the clash might not produce the runs people have come to expect from Twenty20 matches, as the slow wicket used in the Boxing Day Test will again be used.
Acting Victorian captain Hodge, who has been critical of the MCG's slow wickets this season, said another game on an old pitch was not ideal.
"The only reason I suggest to say that is that you want runs scored, people want to see entertainment and runs scored," he said.