Brisbane, Jan.21 (ANI): Australian middle-order batsman Michael Hussey was in form during the Australian summer, and is now at peace with himself after facing months of uncertainty about his future in international cricket.
Hussey now gives the impression of being joyously unconcerned about any potential annoyance these days.
According to a Sydney Morning Herald report, Hussey's place in all three Australian teams is secure again., so all other worries can go hang.
"It's exciting, starting the one-day series," Hussey said with the enthusiasm of a bleach-blond rookie before Australia take on Pakistan at the Gabba tomorrow night.
"The Test matches have been really enjoyable but after watching a bit of the Big Bash on TV, that has whet the appetite. A lot of us involved in the Test matches, we haven't had the chance to play too much with the white ball. We want to get involved in one-day cricket. There's a reasonably small adjustment period but we're professionals and we have to adapt," he added.
Hussey has come full circle. At the start of the summer, he wondered if his days as an Australian player were numbered. His most legitimate concern is still burn out.
"It took me 10 years to play for Australia so I want to get as many games, in all formats, as I possibly can. I want to be involved in everything. I still enjoy it and I still feel fresh body-wise. I want to play as much as possible - but it is becoming more difficult and more demanding with the schedule," he said.
"We're probably going to use more players over time. We're all learning to manage the burn-out factor better these days, recovery and recuperation after games, we're getting better and better. We're dealing with it as best as we possibly can," he added.
He also vouches for fifty-over cricket, saying it still has a place in the world game.
Hussey nominated Pakistan's mercurial all-rounder Shahid Afridi as the danger man for the Australians in the one-day series. (ANI)