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Hussey, Hogg face sleepless nights

By Tom Wald 02/02/2004 09:49:11 PM Comments (0)

Mike Hussey is hoping it isn't a case of last on, first off, when selectors name Australia's one-day cricket squad for the finals series against India on Tuesday.

Hussey was drafted into the national team last Thursday night for the injured Michael Bevan (fractured rib) and is the likely casualty with captain Ricky Ponting returning to the side.

The classy left-hander made an unbeaten 17 and bowled three overs of medium-pace (0-15) in his international debut on Sunday as Australia creamed India by five wickets in Perth.

Brad Hogg is another potential victim with the left-arm legspinner selected for only three of eight round robin matches in the tri-series competition, and not earning a call-up in Australia's four clashes with India.

Hussey flew out with the Australian team to Melbourne on Monday with the squad expected to be trimmed from 14 to 13 before Friday's opening finals match against the tourists in Melbourne.

If cut, Hussey will fly down to Hobart for bottom-placed Western Australia's Pura Cup clash against second-placed Tasmania starting Wednesday.

Despite the closeness of the opening three one-day matches between Australia and India this summer, the hosts have an excellent record over their counterparts.

Australia has won six of their past seven encounters, including victories in last year's World Cup final in South Africa and the final of the TVS Cup in India last November.

But vice-captain Adam Gilchrist said Sunday's crushing defeat on a lively WACA pitch would count for little on the more subdued pitches in Melbourne and Sydney.

"It starts again at 0-0 going into the finals and it is Melbourne and Sydney, they are areas where India has played well, the challenge is still there," he said.

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