World’s best T20 player David Hussey struggling to find place in Australia team

Updated: Sep 17, 2012, 19:41 PM IST

Sydney: David Hussey, who is world’s most prolific Twenty20 batsman, is struggling to find a spot in the Australia team for the World Twenty20 campaign in Sri Lanka.

Hussey, who is also his country’s most experienced player in T20 internationals, was dropped for the last of three games against Pakistan last week and was again left out for Saturday’s warm-up match against New Zealand, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The Victorian appears unlikely to be recalled for today’s final practice match against England as his role is regarded as similar to that of captain George Bailey, the paper added.

Although Hussey’s recent T20 international offerings have been lean, he’s made 19, 3 and 1 since the end of the Australian summer, and it is a huge call to leave him out, given he was Australia’s outstanding one-day batsman last summer, the paper reported.

Hussey was also the third-highest scorer in the inaugural Big Bash League season with 309 at 38.62 and a strike rate more than 130, outperforming all batsmen in the national squad.

Hussey`s axing brought to an end his unbroken run of 38 consecutive games since his T20 international debut in 2008, a record streak for Australia who has generally lacked continuity at selection in the shortest format, the paper further said.

The 35-year-old has played more Twenty20 internationals than any other Australian, David Warner is not far behind on 35 games.

Hussey’s 4670 runs across international and domestic Twenty20 make him the most prolific batsman in the format, ahead of Brad Hodge and the explosive Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle, who fill the top two spots on the ICC rankings.

Hussey also has 19 T20 international wickets at 19.47.