Exhausted Bollinger, Hussey join Australian squad

Zeecric Bureau

Mohali: Doug Bollinger and Michael Hussey are tired after the recently concluded and super-exhausting Champions League T20. But the duo assured that they are well prepared for the two-match Test series against India, starting October 1.

The pair flew in to Chandigarh on Tuesday to join their team for the series after having helped Chennai Super Kings to win the Champions League on Sunday in Johannesburg.

Though the rest of the Australian team have had enough time to adjusted to the warm-weather conditions, thanks to the warm-up match, Bollinger and Hussey will have just a couple of days of net sessions to get themselves ready.

India too, however, are in a similar situation, with skipper MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and M Vijay also making a last-minute dash to Chandigarh from South Africa.

“We’ll be right to go, we’ve got a good couple of days of training coming up and we’ll look after ourselves and we’ll be fine,” Bollinger said. “We’re a little bit tired, it’s been a long flight, but we’re good and we’ll just chill out for a couple of days and make sure we’re right to go.”

Australia’s vice-captain Michael Clarke spoke of players putting their country before other competitions, but said it was a positive that the two men had been playing tough cricket in South Africa. Hussey is a well-travelled cricketer and he believes it is possible for him and Bollinger to be in good shape for the Test.

“It’s not ideal, but it’s the best we can do, we’ll just make sure we’re really smart the next couple of days and get ourselves prepared as best we can,” Hussey said. “I’m sure we’ve got good background staff and they’ll get us in the best possible shape to get going for Friday.

“We’ve been playing cricket and training every other day, so it’s not like we’re coming in underdone or anything like that, we’ve got plenty of cricket behind us, obviously it’s a totally different format but it’s a mental adjustment as much as anything. The next couple of days we’ve got to get the head right and get thinking more Test match cricket.”