No rift in the camp - Hussey
Mike Hussey insists all is rosy in Australia's squad despite a recent newspaper report painting Michael Clarke as a source of friction.
Last Updated: 06/11/10 8:08am
Senior batsman Mike Hussey insists all is well in Australia's squad despite a recent report that several players are unhappy with Test captain-in-waiting Michael Clarke.
A Sydney newspaper implied Hussey and Clarke had a falling-out on the tour of India in October over public comments Clarke made surrounding Hussey's late arrival prior to the first Test.
Both Hussey and Doug Bollinger were forced by Cricket Australia (CA) to participate in the final stages of the Champions League Twenty20 in South Africa - a tournament CA has a stake in - rather than joining the national team in Mohali.
While Clarke did not name the duo, he publicly questioned players' decisions to play in the Indian Premier League and Champions League tournaments, insisting representing Australia should come first.
The comments led to speculation all was not well in the Australia camp and prompted skipper Ricky Ponting to address the team to explain the real reason for the pair's 11th-hour arrival.
But a perplexed Hussey denied there was any division within the team, insisting they are "really tight".
"There's no problems whatsoever," the 35-year-old said of his relationship with Clarke.
"I have a very good relationship actually with Michael Clarke. We talk about cricket every time we're in the dressing room.
"I have no issues whatsoever so I'm not exactly sure where some of these so called issues are coming from.
"I haven't read the article so I don't know exactly what's going on, but all I can say is our team is really tight."
Hussey also endorsed the New South Welshman's captaincy credentials.
"I think he's got some very good leadership qualities," Hussey said.
"He leads from the front, he's very decisive and he's got a very, very good cricket brain.
"He understands the game very well, understands the pressures of the game very well and I think he's learning all the time and who better to learn under than Ricky Ponting?"
Another member of Australia's top six in Tests, Marcus North, was touted as a possible alternative successor to Ponting in the same newspaper report.
North, however, immediately poured cold water on the idea.
Hussey, meanwhile, admits the team's six-game losing streak in all three forms of the game is frustrating, but is adamant things will turn around swiftly.
"In a lot of those matches we've been in great positions to win the game and we just haven't been able to finish it off," he said.
"We just have to keep getting ourselves into those winning positions and then we just have to push even harder on the pedal and really make sure we get a victory and get that winning feeling back.
"It's a really important time that we stick together... to keep backing each other, keep trusting our plans and our processes and knowing that if we stick to what we know works then we will come through the other side."