Former international cricketers Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris will join the support of the Australian men’s team ahead of their international Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan this year.
Hussey will be named mentor, while Harris, the team’s bowling coach, will take the place of Troy Cooley, who was in charge of the Ashes series in England earlier this year. Australia’s preparations for the ICC Men’s T20 World Series 2020 start with the successive T20I series in three games against Sri Lanka and then against Pakistan, the first of which begins on October 27.
Head coach Justin Langer is confident that both Hussey and Harris will add great value to the camp. “I can not tell you how influential these guys can be in the group,” Langer told News Corp. “It’s about building our leadership, improving their cricketing skills, and they can just fill out the other guys who are full time. It’s nice to have different voices and eyes and see people of that caliber give us feedback on what You see They see. “
Langer follows the principle of persuading former players to serve the team before major tournaments. Ricky Ponting helped him out at the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup, where Australia lost to England in the semi-final against hosts and eventual champion, after finishing second in the round-robin phase.
Ponting was replaced by his predecessor and arguably one of the game’s best captains, Steve Waugh, who ended a 2-2 draw. Waugh played a pivotal role in Australia when he kept the ballot in England for the first time since 2001 when he himself led the team to a 4-1 win. Aaron Finch’s T20 squad will now be under the expert guidance of Hussey, who was one of the most consistent performers in all formats during his playing days.
Australia’s best performance at the T20 World Championships was in the West Indies in 2010, where it lost second place to England in the final. Hussey, whose heroic 24-ball 60 * Australia helped them to a dramatic victory in the semi-final against Pakistan, is now eager to make his preparations to help the men’s team get their first T20 World Cup title.
“Actually, I’m very excited and I’m really looking forward to working with the Aussie team again,” Hussey said. “They will try to develop strategies, develop a style of play and which players they want, and I love all these things – planning for a big event – they have opened up the possibility to be closer to the T20 World Cup.” too, but right now everything is pretty loose. “