Sydney, Sep 18(ANI): Australian cricket team coach Micky Arthur has insisted veteran Twenty20 expert David Hussey still has future with the team, and added that he wasn't dropped from the squad, but was just unlucky due to young all rounder Glen Maxwell's outstanding form.
An Australian newspaper had reported on Tuesday that Hussey was out of favour, despite having made more Twenty20 runs across domestic and international tournaments than any batsman in the world.
The news was confirmed when he was left out of the team that lost to England yesterday in their final warm-up game.
Now, Hussey's best hope of a recall appears to be if Cameron White fails to fire or if the conditions demand another part-time spinner.
"We wanted to go in with a structured line-up. Seven doesn't go into six. One guy has to miss out. Glenn has played some really good one-day innings for us. He's got a bit about him. If he has a good tournament, he's certainly a guy who can win games for us," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Arthur, as saying.
"Dave's probably a little bit unlucky. He's working extremely hard to get that position back and put pressure on the guys," he added.
Arthur added that Hussey was still in Australia's plans, for this event and beyond.
"Definitely. I used to enjoy watching Dave Hussey bat when I coached against him. Since I've come in (as coach) he's played every game, bar the start of this tournament," Arthur said.
"We wanted to get a little bit more from Dave and we wanted to Dave to finish games a little bit more than what he has. He's aware of that. We've had some good honest chats about it. Dave is still very clearly in the mix and down the line could play a really big role in this tournament," he added. (ANI)