Hussey is not thinking of retirement

Published: Sunday, January 22, 2012, 13:12 [IST]
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Hussey wants to continue playing

Adelaide, Jan 22: Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey wants to continue playing international cricket and is looking forward to his team's tour of the West Indies in March this year.

Speaking in Adelaide on Sunday, ahead of the fourth and final Test against India starting on Tuesday, Hussey said: "I'm looking forward to this Test match. I haven't looked beyond that at all at this stage."

He added: "I've just really tried to set myself for this series. But my body feels good and I still feel like I'm playing well. I'm definitely thinking of continuing on. I'd love to go to the West Indies."

"The culture I was always brought up in is the next generation have to earn their right to play for Australia.

"It took me over 10 years of first-class cricket just to get one game for Australia so I certainly don't feel the responsibility to pass the baton on.

"We can say that there's no batsman banging on the door but there's some outstanding players out there who are batting in some pretty difficult first-class conditions.

"I still feel like I've got a big role to play in the team with experience to help some of the younger members of the team."

Hussey praised new coach Mickey Arthur.

"For a while there everyone did get a little bit insular. It was a bit quieter, probably a bit more intense," he said.

"Now the new coach has stepped in, the new selectors have stepped in, the communication has been really good.

"Everyone knows where they stand, they know what their roles are and they know where they want to take the team in the future.

"That gives everyone a lot of heart and a lot of confidence. You can relax again and be yourself and you can really see the characters coming out in all the team."


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