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Hussey's retirement will help us: Fleming

Chennai, April 6, 2013, PTI: 1:40 IST
Chennai Super Kings player Mike Hussey during a practice session in Chennai on Saturday. PTI Photo
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming feels Michael Hussey’s retirement from international cricket will work in his team’s favour in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League, as the batsman would be available for the entire season.

“It helps and since Michael and (Murali) Vijay had great partnerships. There have been ups and downs in 20-20 cricket but it has been very good for us,” Fleming told reporters on Friday, the eve of their opening match, against Mumbai Indians.
Hussey retired after the Sydney Test against Sri Lanka in January.

The former New Zealand skipper said CSK would look to give local fast bowlers opportunity to prove their mettle till pace spearhead Albie Morkel joins the side.
“You will see that CSK is more considerate with Indian bowlers. May be we can give (opportunities to) one or two Indian pacers in the team and have some small options with the likes of Morris until Albie Morkel come back. We are excited about providing chances to the local talents.”

“We will put another all-rounder in the team. We have a core of seven very good Indian players. At number seven (Ravichandran) Ashwin, in particular, play the role of all-rounder and with the likes of Dwayne Bravo, we get the all-round skills. We have the top six to cover.”

Fleming thought Ben Hilfenhaus was a good buy. “Ben is a good buy this season. We have good skills in Dirk Nannes, Albie Morkel and Christopher Morris. We have a lot of players to choose from. We are very conscious about strategy as well. I have had just three or four days to know these players from close quarters.”

Asked how important a role strategy plays, Fleming said: “We are lucky that we concentrate on consistency. Kolkata has also been doing well during the last couple of years showing strategic consistency. Last five years have been great but it is a fickle game.

“We pride ourselves on top and try and get too much emotional about the results. You have a more stable environment for players to come in and be calm within the team. It is about evolving.”

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