Criticism may fire up Tendulkar: Hussey

Sydney: Australia`s Michael Hussey dreads hearing calls for Sachin Tedulkar`s retirement, fearing that the criticism may just fire up the Indian for a better performance.

Former India skipper Kapil Dev had recently said that Tendulkar should have retired after the winning the World Cup.

However, Hussey despite Tendulkar`s ordinary form in the ongoing tri-series, it his wicket that Australian cherishes the most.

"He`s still a key wicket. Experience says he`s done it in the past. He`s a great player and his record speaks for itself. Tendulkar is someone you`re always desperate to get out cheaply because if you do you know the team is well on the way to limiting India to a smaller total and [therefore] winning the match," Hussey said.

"I don`t know how the man ticks because I haven`t had a great deal to do with him, but I don`t think anyone needs that much more motivation to play for their country. However, if it has [struck a nerve] it makes him probably more dangerous, so [criticism of Tendulkar] is something I don`t want to hear," Hussey told `Sydney Morning Herald`.

The pressure of non-performance also cost Ricky Ponting his place in the One-day side. Hussey the selectors` decision shocked him.

"It was a tough call, a very tough call to leave someone of Ricky Ponting`s class and character out of the team and he`ll be missed around the team, there`s no question," Hussey said.