Hussey says Oz’s talent reserve good enough to replace him

Sydney: Michael Hussey has claimed there is no lack of talent in Australia to replace him in the national team, adding that his younger brother David can get a crack at replacing him in the Test squad.

Hussey`s announcement on Saturday that he`ll retire from international cricket after this summer came exactly a month after Ricky Ponting revealed he was calling time on his storied career, the Age reports.

That leaves another middle-order batting vacancy going into February`s tour of India, followed by two Ashes series, in England then Australia.

However, an unperturbed Hussey, who is set to play his 79th and last Test this week against Sri Lanka at the SCG, insisted there was talent available to step in after his surprise decision to retire despite averaging close to 80 this summer.

Hussey also suggested his 35-year-old brother David, a regular contributor at domestic level for Victoria, should be among those considered.

The veteran middle-order batsman said players have come and gone but Australian cricket has always kept improving and it would be the same case after he retires.

With Phil Hughes already recalled to replace Ponting, Queensland batsman Usman Khawaja is almost certain to get first crack at Hussey`s spot, while Victorian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell is in the 13-man squad for the Sydney Test as injured Shane Watson`s replacement.