Hussey keeps expectations low
David Hussey admits he is still a long way from cementing a place in Australia's ODI team.
Last Updated: 28/08/09 10:12pm
David Hussey concedes he is still a long way from cementing a regular place in Australia's one-day team, despite scoring his maiden international century against Scotland.
The Victorian right-hander smashed 111 off 83 balls as Australia began a busy schedule of limited-overs matches with a 189-run victory in Edinburgh.
Australia will play two Twenty20s and seven ODIs against England to end their tour of the United Kingdom before heading to South Africa for the Champions Trophy.
Hussey, however, is likely only to feature in the Twenty20 games after he was left out of Australia's squad for the 50-over matches against England.
The 32-year-old admits the situation is understandable given his average of just 28.47 in 23 ODIs, however, he is determined to earn another chance.
"I've had a mix of games in Twenty20 and one-dayers in the past year but I haven't really taken the chance with both hands," he said.
"I've played 20-odd games in ODIs and I just kept getting out, it was as simple as that.
"So for me to get an opportunity today and to take full toll, I'm so happy that I got a century.
"It was my first hundred and it's great to get it here in Scotland on a great wicket and at a great ground."
Hussey's hopes of pushing his ODI claims are, by his own admission, undermined by his age as he competes against the likes of Callum Ferguson, Cameron White and David Warner.
"I just want to get back into the team," he added. "I know that there are many good players floating around at the moment.
"Ferguson is playing really well, Cameron White is playing well. It is hard to get in the team.
"If I get the opportunity I want to get back in there, but I just have to bide my time."
Despite the comprehensive nature of the win, Hussey said Scotland had provided good preparation ahead of their first Twenty20 against England at Old Trafford on Sunday.
"I think it was a very hard test," he said. "Their opening batters got off to a great start their bowlers were super and got the most out of the wicket. It was a really good contest.
"I think we saw that in the way our bowlers took to it and I think we put a marker down."
Scotland captain Gavin Hamilton, who top scored with 38 in an opening stand of 51 with Fraser Watts (24), was pleased with his team's effort.
The hosts had looked like they could concede a score well in excess of 350 but some tight bowling at the end from Gordon Goudie meant the hosts could take some consolation in bowling Australia out, albeit for 345.
"To stem the flow was crucial because it could have got out of control," Hamilton said before praising Goudie, who finished with 5-73.
"Gordon mixes his pace well, he bowls yorkers at will and to get a five-for against these guys is obviously outstanding.
"I think as a team we can take a lot away from today. We stood up well.
"When you play a team like Australia you have to watch and learn.
"I said to the players if you're not involved you've got to watch the way they (Australia) go about their cricket.
"Everything they do is right, they might not win every game but they are pushing forward and that's something we can learn from."