Hussey confident over ‘scoring big’ against ‘nemesis’ South Africa

Sydney: Australian batsman Michael Hussey has said that his 2009-10 ‘career renaissance’ against England will hold him in good stead against the South African team that is now his biggest ‘nemesis’.

In Hussey`s debut Test season, in 2005-06, the then 30-year-old faced the Proteas in series in Australia and South Africa, and came away with a hefty batting average of 59.56.

But since then the left-hander has not passed 50 in 16 innings across three series against South Africa - the loss at home in 2008-09, the win away immediately afterwards, and last year`s 1-1 draw.

But now, Hussey is confident that he can prove himself against the Proteas squad.

“There`s no point in worrying or stressing about anything in the past because there`s enough things to worry and stress about when you`re out in the middle in a Test match anyway,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Hussey as saying, as he prepared to lead Western Australia in its Sheffield Shield match against Victoria at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG).

Hussey said that he was expecting the pitches in Australia to be very good contrary to the tough ones in South Africa, and therefore, he was confident

“The Test matches we`ve played against South Africa in South Africa have been extremely difficult for batting. I`m expecting the pitches in Australia to be very good, very true, and if you get in and get through that initial period there`s no reason why a few of the guys can`t go on and get big scores,” he added.