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Michael Hussey - Mike's Corner

Squaring the series 2-2 at Mohali is what we are looking at, says Hussey

Monday, November 02, 2021
'We will fight back'

At the end of the third ODI in Delhi, the most dominant feeling in our camp was that of disappointment. But it is early days as yet and I have no doubt that we will fight back. This is the best part of a seven-match series, it may become a bit of a bore when the contest is one-sided, but in this case it gives us a chance to recover and still win the series.

The second successive loss is thus not the end of the world for us and hopefully we can fight back and level the series 2-2 at Mohali on Monday.

The Kotla wicket was a pretty tough one to bat on, with the ball keeping low and getting slower. Every now and then the ball turned sharply too, making it quite a challenge to score runs. We needed at least another 15-20 runs to have made things difficult for the Indians.

The thing is that the pitch played as we expected it to; there were no real surprises or shocks. I am aware there has been some talk going around that the ICC wants batting friendly pitches for ODIs but I don’t know about that in the sense that it’s always good to have different challenges in different conditions. Yes, there should be a minimum standard but I for one would like to see different surfaces and conditions in each part of the world.

It was disappointing that we didn’t get to practice on the day before the match but that had no bearing on the result. The outfield though was real fast and with a couple of the boundaries being shortish, we should have got more runs on the board.

As for my knock it was hard work out there and I quite enjoyed the challenge. To get a good score yourself on such a track while getting the team to a competitive total is a great feeling but at the end of the match, when you end up on the losing side, you do feel disappointed that you couldn’t do a little more.

The one thing we couldn’t do much about was the dew that came down hard. This was probably the wettest conditions I have played in. It was certainly tough for the bowlers, though I didn’t find it too hard while fielding in the outfield.

The next game is in Mohali. I have played there before and know that the dew can play a huge role there as well. Hopefully we can tackle it better, put up some big scores and entertain what will surely be another big crowd.

The crowd are sure to miss Brett Lee though, who plays for the local team in the IPL. It is amazing how we have been hit by so many injuries at the same time. But each injury has come about due to different reasons and they have to be treated differently. The spate of injuries has forced us to test our bench strength and that is never a bad thing.