Worn out Hussey opts out of IPL
Michael Hussey added himself into the list of Australian players who decided to stay away from this yearís Indian Premier League so as to prepare themselves well ahead for the Ashes.
Hussey and Brad Haddin, are the only two players in the Australian squad who have not missed even a single match from the 12 Tests and 10 ODIs played by the team since last year`s tour of India. Hussey was due to join the Chennai Super Kings after the 5 ODIs one Twenty20 match series against Pakistan in UAE next month.
Hussey, however, now plans to spend the time with his family in Perth rather than in South Africa for the IPL 2.
Hussey claims the tight and the busy schedule have led to a serious downfall in his international career. He reached the score of 50 just once in the six Tests against South Africa. He is now desperate and eager to rediscover his form before the Ashes and hopes to display the best possible performance then.
Reports claim that it is not only the IPL that Hussey wishes to stay away from, but it is also the UAE tour that the left-hander is considering to skip as he seeks to rejuvenate both body and mind. He will play the one-day series in South Africa, which begins in Durban on Friday.
Hussey could have been a part of the IPL in the last fortnight of the tournament. But he instead decided to go back to his family.
Earlier Ricky Ponting to had stepped down from IPL 2. Mitchell Johnson and Michael Clarke did not nominate for the 2009 IPL auction, citing their desire to focus on international cricket.
In the IPLís inaugural season, Hussey posted the tournament`s third highest score (116 not out) and the fourth highest batting average (84.00) in his four-game stint for the Super Kings. But he has struggled for form of late, averaging just 23.00 in eight Tests since the start of the Australian summer.