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David Hussey backs Warner's switch-hit

Last updated on: February 2, 2012 11:50 IST

David Hussey backs Warner's switch-hit

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Australia all-rounder David Hussey, who played a big part in his team's 31-run victory over India in Sydney, is looking for a perfect game to make it 2-0 in the second Twenty20 international at the MCG on Friday.

"It's pretty important to make it 2-0. We played good cricket and got a few cobwebs out of the way. We want to keep the momentum going forward and play a perfect game in front of 90,000 (fans) at the MCG," said Hussey, who make 43 runs and took two wickets."There's no better feeling than to do it at MCG, the home of Australian cricket in front of 90,000 people. There's no better atmosphere throughout the world."

Matthew Wade, replacing an out-of-form Brad Haddin, impressed with a 43-ball 70.

"One of his big attributes is he competes. When the game is on line, you want him in trenches. Last night he showed his wares. He is couple of innings away from cementing a Test spot, perhaps," Hussey said.

"He's been doing it for Victoria in the last 3-4 years. He's now showing his class and hopefully he could do it at the MCG as well."


Image: David Hussey
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'Switch hit' is an innovative shot

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The talking point though was the "switch hit" employed by David Warner off Ravichandran Ashwin which cleared the long-off fence, a monster of a 100m hit.

"It was phenomenal. He's been practicing it in the nets. David is a fantastic talent, (imagine) to hit it 100m batting right-handed!.

"In the nets he does it all the time. Once he frustrated me and I beamed him. I tried to hit him on the head and it didn't go down well. There was a bit of a falling," he said.

Hussey said there was no reason for critics to raise fingers on the legality of the shot.

"You can (do it). In baseball, people hit both sides of the plates. There's no reason you can't do it in cricket."Dave is a pioneer and a few of the younger kids coming through can follow such skills.

"I think it's innovative. Dave is a very classy player and can hit right or left hand. It's an invention of Twenty20 cricket and there's no reason why it can't be played in Test arena.

"The run-rate is increasing to 4-5 in an over now and with switch hit being employed, you could see 200 in a day in Tests," he added.


Image: David Warner
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'India has a formidable line-up'

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Hussey believed the Indians are brimming with talents and before the summer is out, they would show their worth.

"Looking up and down the team sheet, you see Raina at number 4, Rohit Sharma at 5, Jadeja and Kohli at number three -- they all dominate in IPl," he said.

"At anyone stage, whether in Twenty20s or ODIs, you are going to see them firing and they are match-winners. They are going to win games for their country.

"It's a formidable line-up and they could be firing tomorrow. Though it might not spin that much, it would be a good wicket, helping fast and hopefully McKay would get a chance to show his wares," he added.

"I thought Indians bowled and fielded really well. But our bowling and fielding was good as well and we were lucky to get a few early wickets," he added.


Image: Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli
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