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01-06-2010, 01:18 AM #1
SCG wasn't a 127 all-out pitch, feels Hussey
Michael Hussey has defended Ricky Ponting's decision to bat first in the ongoing second Test against Pakistan here, saying that the bowler-friendly SCG wicket cannot be entirely held responsible for his side's slump on day one.
Australia were bowled out for a paltry 127 yesterday by Pakistan, who were spurred by pacer Mohammad Asif's six-wicket haul, after Ponting elected to bat first on winning the toss.
However, the skipper's decision faced criticism from several former cricketers, who felt that the 34-year-old was on the wrong side not to bowl first on a seamer-friendly pitch.
But Hussey thinks otherwise.
''I don't think it was a 127 all-out pitch. They did bowl well and credit where credit is due ... but I think at the end of the day we are disappointed to be bowled out for 127,'' insisted Hussey.
Regarding Ponting's decision to bat first, Hussey said, ''We didn't really discuss it I think it was left up to Ricky and probably the coaches and Michael Clarke as VC to discuss that.
''I must admit I did joke with Ricky one day before the game saying that he batted at Johannesburg in the first Test against South Africa and that wicket had branches growing off it.
''So I didn't think he'd bowl first on any wicket in the world and that was sort of proved again today I guess,'' he added.
The 34-year-old further admitted that the tourists were in a dominating position going into day two, but believes that the bowlers could still turn the game in Australia's favour.
''We've got to come here tomorrow with a positive attitude.
If we can bowl with real patience and real discipline and get enough balls in the right areas we'll create enough chances to hopefully have the game on an even keel tomorrow night, and then the toss is sort of irrelevant.
''I still think there's going to be lots of movement in there tomorrow. There's quite a lot of live green grass on that pitch, there's certainly still going to be moisture in that pitch overnight and for tomorrow,'' Hussey said yesterday.
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