Hussey leads Aussie fight-back
Mike Hussey anchored a mid-innings revival to propel Australia
towards England's first innings total when rain ended play on the second
day of the opening Ashes Test at the Gabba on Friday.
The veteran left-hander dispelled doubts over his place in the team
after a lean trot to spearhead Australia's fightback following the loss
of four wickets in the post-lunch session.
When rain forced play to be abandoned at 4:45 pm (0645 GMT),
Australia were 220 for five and trailing England by 35 runs with Hussey
unbeaten on 81 and wicketkeeper Brad Haddin not out 22.
"The game's pretty interestingly poised, it's pretty tight, it's
probably 50-50 at the moment and the first two hours tomorrow it will be
interesting to see what happens," Hussey said.
Hussey showed the beneficial effects of his restorative 118 for
Western Australia in the leadup Sheffield Shield game last weekend to
carry on his form renaissance with an enterprising knock of 13 fours and
a six off 144 balls.
The 35-year-old campaigner survived a near catch in the slips off his
first ball to share in an unbroken 77-run partnership for the sixth
wicket with Haddin to refuel Australia's charge after England's first
"It just goes to show how much the game is a fine line," Hussey said.
"Even with that first one (ball) I was hoping and praying that it was
going to fall short and thankfully it did, a foot more and I would have
been gone for a first-ball duck."
Hussey went on to blunt the English momentum after Australia had been
rocked by the loss of four wickets after lunch to slump to 143 for five.
Pacemen Steve Finn and James Anderson were England's heroes, bowling
the tourists back into contention straight after lunch.
Anderson claimed the prized wicket of master batsman Ricky Ponting
for 10 with the second ball after the interval.
Ponting attempted to glance down the leg-side only to get a fine edge
to Matt Prior. BRISBANE, AFP