Originally Posted by the big bambino
Hussey's form was atrocious leading up to the 2009 ashes. Like a rat he saved his spot while his team sunk around him at the Oval. At stage he was 34 and had enough chances. Thats when he should have been dropped which makes the highlighted qualification irrelevant.
Even Hussey's runs since then have done wonders for his ave but little for the team which is the true measure of their worth. Save the 116 at Perth in 2010 Hussey hasn't played a meaningful innings stretching back to his el nino like drought of runs up to the Oval in 09.
What was clear is that we had lost the ashes in 2009. That was the benchmark. Why would anyone expect that much the same team would have done any better in 2010/11? Especially as England had sought to improve their winning team. What excuse did Australia have to persist with the same ageing has beens? If younger players like Hughes and Usman or even older ones like Katich didn't get the same licence the why should have Hussey or Ponting? So there were alternatives. Its just that they came in for the wrong people.
I completely disagree with you.