Former middle-order batsman Mike Hussey has been added by Australian coach Justin Langer to help the side as a mentor during their upcoming Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. He is the latest legend to be included in the team after Ricky Ponting who joined the supporting staff during the ICC World Cup earlier this year and Steve Waugh who has helped during the Ashes series in England.
“I’m very excited actually. I’m really looking forward to getting back in around the Aussie team,” Mike Hussey, who is nicknamed “Mr Cricket”, told the Sydney Daily Telegraph on Sunday. “They are going to be trying to get strategies in place, develop a style of play and what players they want and I love all that stuff — planning for a big event. They have floated the possibility of being involved closer to the T20 World Cup (in Australia next year) as well but it’s all pretty loose at the moment.”
Australia will play back-to-back three-game T20I series against Sri Lanka and then Pakistan which will start from next Sunday in Adelaide to begin their summer season. Justin Langer has also made former Test bowler Ryan Harris bowling coach for the upcoming series. He informed the newspaper the presence of Ponting, Waugh and now Hussey with the team.
“I can’t tell you how influential these guys can be on the group,” said Justin Langer. “It’s nice to have different voices and different eyes and see guys of that calibre giving us feedback on what they see.”