David Hussey eyes Test spot
Australia batsman David Hussey will be playing with no regrets in the upcoming one-day series against Sri Lanka as he auditions for the vacant Test spot left by brother Mike.
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In Australia's last ODI series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in August, Hussey struggled with scores of three, zero and 43 in his three innings.
He also only managed 13 against Afghanistan, while in the ICC World Twenty20 the following month he was out for a duck against the West Indies in his sole innings.
The 35-year-old was frustrated by his recent performances and hopes to turn that around in the first two ODIs against Sri Lanka on Friday and Sunday.
"A few times I've played for Australia in the past I've had a few regrets and didn't really play the way I wanted to play," Hussey said.
"This time I'm just going to have a lot of fun and enjoy myself and play with no regrets and freedom.
"I probably haven't done quite as well as I wanted to, haven't finished games off like the way I wanted to finish games off and win games of cricket for Australia.
"This time, fresh mind, new opportunity and play with no regrets.
"I haven't really shown the world that I can play and I think this is a great opportunity to do that."
Hussey also admitted his poor form last year led him to question where his career was at, but after a strong start to the domestic season with the Bushrangers, he is keen to show the world what he is capable of.
"The UAE series probably didn't go to plan. I didn't play very well at all, then the world T20 I didn't get much of an opportunity," he said.
"Then you come back to Australia and you really right the wrongs and prove a few people wrong, I really have struggled the first part of the Shield season, but one-day cricket I've done quite well so this is a great opportunity for me to free the mind, play with no regrets and show a few people that I can play at the level."
With his brother Mike retiring from the Test arena, David's name has been tossed up as a possible replacement for the tour of India in late February.
But David said he is only focusing on the matches against Sri Lanka, although he does hope to impress selectors with some strong performances.
"I think every time you play for Australia you want to do well, you want to contribute to team success," he said.
"Everyone has talked about replacing Mike in the Test squad. For me I just want to do well and contribute to the team success and hopefully win a series against Sri Lanka, that's all I'm really focusing on.
"The ball is in my court and I'm looking forward to taking the opportunity with both hands."