Inspired by Tendulkar, Hussey has no plans to retire

Updated: Oct 27, 2010, 17:46 PM IST

Melbourne: Inspired by Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar, Australian Mike Hussey on Wednesday said he has no plans to retire despite the criticism of his continuing poor form and growing age.

The 35-year-old said watching Tendulkar, who is two years older than him, play gives him enough inspiration to continue.

"It does give you a bit of inspiration ... and I`ve got a lot of inspiration from a lot of guys," Hussey was quoted as saying by `The Australian Associated Press`.

"Steve Waugh played quite late into his 30s, Matthew Hayden played very well, Justin Langer played very well into his late 30s, so I don`t think age is a barrier whatsoever.”

"It`s about whether you`re up for the battle, you`re enjoying the challenge out in the middle, enjoying playing for Australia - which is a pretty easy thing to do - and as long as you`re contributing to the team, that`s what it comes down to the end as well," he added.

Hussey said given the struggle he endured to get a place in the Australian side, he is in no mood to give up easily despite mounting concerns about his form.

"It took me 10 years just to get one game for Australia so I don`t want to wish it away too quickly. You`re a long time retired," he said.

"I`m still enjoying it and I love pulling on that baggy dream cap, it`s a dream come true. Maybe (giving up one-day cricket) is something to look at in the future but I`m really enjoying one-day cricket and I really enjoy Twenty20 cricket.”

"So while I`m enjoying it and while I feel like I can contribute to the team, I want to try to keep going as long as I can," he added.

PTI

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