David Hussey eyes England’s ODI tour to keep his Test dream alive

Sydney: Australia’s ODI and T20 batsman David Hussey views the upcoming one-day series in England as the perfect place to launch his campaign for a spot on next year’s Ashes tour.

The younger Hussey brother still has an ambition to play Test cricket and has been encouraged by positive feedback from the national selection panel.

David sees the five-match series starting this month as a chance to show his wares against England`s best on their turf.

David, who turns 36 during the Ashes next year, will be banking on selectors taking a pragmatic approach and not focusing too heavily on his age.

“I think the new selection committee is going to select the best players available at any one time. I have not given up hope of playing Test cricket,” he said.

“If I did not believe I could not play Test cricket, I probably would not be playing or probably follow the T20 league around the world. Playing Test cricket for your country is still the ultimate,” Hussey said.

Australia opens their UK tour on Thursday against Leicestershire at Grace Road before heading to Ireland for Saturday’s one-day international in Belfast, reported sources.

Australia will have a final warm-up match in Essex on Tuesday before starting the one-day series against England on June 29 at Lord’s.

Hussey, who has scored more than 12,000 first-class runs at a touch under 55 in 160 matches, believed being familiar with the conditions and English attack must count for something.

“Playing county cricket is a big advantage for Chris Rogers and me, hopefully it is looked upon for future series,” he added.