Cricket News: Michael Hussey offered his sympathy to Jos Buttler. In the latter’s dropped catch, which would have brought the day to an end. The England wicket-keeper was unable to hold on to his position. Also, a very simple opportunity to return Marnus Labuschagne to the pavilion and close Day 1 on a strong note. After a stunning performance, Buttler claimed Marcus Harris early in the first session. He had dropped Labuschagne in the second session when the score was at 62-1. Hussey further suggested that Buttler’s teammates needed to assist him in getting over the ordeal.
“Dropping a catch is, without a doubt, the worst sensation you can have on a cricket wicket. I feel for Jos Buttler; every player has been there; all he needs now is his teammates to rally around him and pat him on the back. However, it is a significant omission; it will be interesting to see how much it will cost England,” Michael Hussey said.
Cricket News: “Labuschagne has been amazing since coming into the Australian team and you’ve got to think back when he was selected, it was a little bit of a speculative pick. He was only averaging in his mid-thirties, but someone saw something special in him and he’s been a special player for Australia. He had a bit of luck, no question, but he had to weather a few storms today as well and he did a good job,” Hussey added.
Cricket News: Furthermore, Michael Hussey is only 5 runs away from being the first batsman to register three centuries in day-night Tests. Hussey has Steve Smith for the company. At the other end and the pair will resume Day 2 at 221-2. Smith batter reserved praise for David Warner as well. The southpaw agonizingly missed out on a century after hitting one straight to Stuart Broad at the cover. Warner was also dismissed in his nineties during the first Test at The Gabba.
“Warner bowled a magnificent innings. Early on, I thought England bowled pretty well to him, particularly Stuart Broad. I’ve never seen him score so slowly in the first few innings of a game. But he gradually regained his mojo, and towards the conclusion of the game, he was hitting magnificently. It’s unfortunate that you didn’t get a hundred,” Michael Hussey said.