Hussey predicts stiff fight in Aus

TRADITIONAL TOUCH: Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey (centre) with Yakshagana artistes at a KPL event in Bengaluru on Wednesday. DH PHOTO/BH Shivakumar

Earlier this year, Cricket Australia was rocked by a ball- tampering scandal that prompted the suspension of skipper Steve Smith, opener David Warner and rookie Cameron Bancroft.

A series of apologies and public outbursts followed but the drama has died down with Smith and Warner serving lengthy bans that will most definitely see them miss India's tour Down Under in December. 

This could provide India with their best opportunity to win a Test series in Australia but Michael Hussey believes it will not be a walk in the park. 

"Despite Smith and Warner not being around, I think it is going to be a fantastic series. We have a fantastic bowling line-up and if they can all stay fit, India will struggle for runs. 

"It is an excellent bowling attack with (Mitchell) Starc, (Josh) Hazlewood, (Pat) Cummins and (Nathan) Lyon. I am a little worried about where the runs will come from considering we are missing our two best batsmen. But it does present a good opportunity for younger guys to come in and become new heroes of Australian cricket. But this could be India's best chance in a while to win a series in Australia," said the left-hander here on Wednesday.

When it comes to training young talents, Hussey is no stranger and is the batting coach of Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings.

For a man who began his international career at 30, Hussey has a wealth of experience to impart considering his struggles to reach the upper echelons.

Revealing the techniques he employs with the junior players, 'Mr Cricket' said: "Ideally, you get them to watch some of the senior players and see how they handle things. Another will be to make them realise what they do best and focus on developing those aspects.

"Quite often as players and coaches, we analyse what is going wrong. What you are doing is really focusing on the negative things. But I like to go the other way and focus on the positives. If they have a fantastic game or net session, we sit and see why it went well and reinforce that. Most of the best players just focus on the ball and are not thinking about anything else. They are not worried about anything else. They just see the ball and play it on instinct. It's a very simple message but one I'd like to tell the youngsters," he added.

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