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Sachin's wicket is still key, says Michael Hussey

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Published: Sunday, February 26, 2012, 11:41 [IST]
 
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Sachin's wicket is still key: Hussey

Sydney, Feb 26: Despite calls of Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar's retirement after a decent summer in Australia, Michael Hussey fears the criticism may just fire up Tendulkar to perform better.

Tendulkar will try to score his elusive 100th century in Sunday's ODI clash against Australia at the SCG but former India skipper Kapil Dev recently said that Tendulkar should consider retirement.

Despite Tendulkar's ordinary form, Hussey feels Tendulkar's wicket is key and that Australia cherishes the most.

"He's still a key wicket. Experience says he's done it in the past. He's a great player and his record speaks for itself. Tendulkar is someone you're always desperate to get out cheaply because if you do you know the team is well on the way to limiting India to a smaller total and [therefore] winning the match," Hussey said.

"I don't know how the man ticks because I haven't had a great deal to do with him, but I don't think anyone needs that much more motivation to play for their country. However, if it has [struck a nerve] it makes him probably more dangerous, so [criticism of Tendulkar] is something I don't want to hear," Hussey told 'Sydney Morning Herald'.

After Sachin Tendulkar's heavy criticism, Australia's veteran batsman Ricky Ponting was dropped from the ODI squad after he captained the side in Michael Clarke's absence.

"It was a tough call, a very tough call to leave someone of Ricky Ponting's class and character out of the team and he'll be missed around the team, there's no question," Hussey said.

"His experience is unquestionable and not a lot of people see the amount of work he does behind the scenes with the young players, throwing balls to them in the nets and contributing at team meetings. He'll be missed on so many levels."

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