West Indies will be targeting Michael Hussey when the third and final Test gets underway at Windsor Park in Dominica on Monday, according to skipper Darren Sammy.
Hussey, dubbed ‘Mr Cricket’, has dug in with some effective rearguard action during the two Tests so far in the Caribbean. The 36-year-old made a belligerent 48 and 32 in Bridgetown before dropping anchor again with a hard-earned 73 and 24 in Port of Spain, at a combined rate of at 44.25. A number of cricket bets have already backed him to be top Aussie run-scorer in the series.
Hussey’s confirmed inclusion at No 6 in Roseau has not gone unnoticed by Sammy, who believes his wicket, on another slow surface, is key to the Windies squaring up the entire series against the Aussies following the ODI and Twenty20 stalemates.
“Hussey has always come in and played a crucial role, and that is one area we are looking to put a stop to,” Sammy said. “Once we get them five down, he seems to bat well with the lower order, so we’ll be looking to get him out as quickly as possible.”
Sammy said he was satisfied with how his team-mates had put the brakes on Australia’s top order, as per coach Ottis Gibson’s game-plan, and was looking for more of the same.
Kemar Roach has proved a thorn in Australia’s side and frustrated punters who bet on Australian cricket . All-rounder Narsingh Deonarine has also proved effective.
Sammy added: “We’ve executed our plans to the top order really well and I know they’re wary of Roach. The first time he played against them they were and now he’s even bowling better.”
He said: “Fidel [Edwards] bowled well without any luck [in Trinidad] and I come in and do my role, [Shane] Shillingford had a good Test, so as a bowling unit I’m quite happy with the way we’ve gone in this series.”