David Hussey hits form ahead of T20 clash
Australia will take a hired gun who finally looks like firing into their two Twenty20 matches against old cricketing foe England this coming week.
David Hussey, in the UK only for the matches at Old Trafford tomorrow and Tuesday, warmed up in a chilly Edinburgh by picking off a clinical century during Australia's 189-run one-day international victory over Scotland on Friday.
"We put a good statement on how we want to play," Hussey said.
"So far so good, won one, hopefully we can win one on Sunday.
"England probably have a little bit more talent, but we have the match winners in our dressing room to take them on and win ... they have the Ashes momentum behind them, hopefully we can go 1-0 up."
Australia have struggled in the game's newest format, while England fared better as hosts of this year's World Twenty20.
The two countries have met three times in Twenty20 internationals, with Australia winning twice.
But England's players will feel they are on a roll after the Test team's 2-1 Ashes success last weekend.
Hussey scored 27 and 28 in Australia's only two appearances of a disappointing World Twenty20 campaign and is not part of the squad taking on England in seven one-dayers in September.
On Friday, his 111 off 87 balls marked his maiden ton in 23 one-day internationals.
He plundered five sixes and 10 fours on the way to his score, which he hoped would go some way towards putting his name back in the forefront of selectors' minds when choosing Australian ODI squads of the future.
"I want to get back in the team," Hussey said.
"I haven't really set any targets, just taking every opportunity I can now.
"I missed a little bit with one-day international cricket but I haven't grabbed it with both hands. Hopefully I get another chance and will be a bit better prepared and the results will be a lot different."
Hussey went for one shot too many over the long-off boundary and was finally caught by Neil McCallum just inside the rope off the bowling of Richie Berrington.
Opener Shane Watson hit 68 off 41 balls and Adam Voges 72 off 64 as Australia tried out a side that looked more like their Twenty20 line-up.
The tourists tested four spinners - Hussey, Voges, Nathan Hauritz and Cameron White on quick changes to mirror the short format.
Paceman Brett Lee, playing his first one-day international in more than a year, took 2-36 off eight overs, while Watson claimed 3-30 off seven and as captain Gavin Hamilton top scored for Scotland with 38.
Hussey had Hamilton caught by Watson, while Hauritz, White, Mitchell Johnson and former Netherlands representative Dirk Nannes, making his ODI debut, chimed in with one wicket apiece.
Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, also on debut, had one catch and remained unbeaten on 29 at the end of Australia's innings, although he should have been dismissed for nine when he hit a Berrington delivery to Gordon Goudie, who dropped the catch at mid-on.
Paceman Goudie sealed a five-wicket haul on the last ball of the innings when he bowled Nannes for one to finish with 5-73 off 10 overs.