Australia have roped in Mike Hussey as a part of their coaching staff for the upcoming T20I assignments against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Australia will host Sri Lanka and Pakistan for three T20Is each. And in order to make sure that the youngsters get the right guidance, Australia’s head coach Justin Langer has sought help from his ex-teammate.
Langer seems to be a fan of taking help from his former teammates in coaching the team. During this summer’s World Cup, he took help from Ricky Ponting. In the succeeding Ashes, Langer asked Steve Waugh to mentor the side. And he has now asked for the same help from Mike Hussey.
The former Australia batsman said he is ‘very excited’ over working with Australia. Mike Hussey said he love being a part of the dressing room planning. He also said that Australia have started planning for next year’s T20 World Cup at home.
“I’m very excited actually. I’m really looking forward to getting back in around the Aussie team,” 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,” he added.
Australia will kickstart their home season on October 27 with the first T20I against Sri Lanka. They will then take on Pakistan next month in three T20Is and two Tests. Meanwhile, Langer has also made former Test speedster Ryan Harris bowling coach for the series.
“I can’t tell you how influential these guys can be on the group,” said Langer. “It’s nice to have different voices and different eyes and see guys of that calibre giving us feedback on what they see.”