Hussey: We all respect Clarke

Katich spat an unwanted distraction ahead of Test series

By Joe Drabble - Twitter: @SkySportsDrabs.   Last Updated: 31/10/11 10:16am

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Michael Hussey (r) believes Michael Clarke is the right man to take Australia forward

Michael Hussey (r) believes Michael Clarke is the right man to take Australia forward

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Australia batsman Michael Hussey insists all of the current squad are fully behind captain Michael Clarke's regime.

The Australian skipper has received some unwanted publicity in recent days after former opener Simon Katich suggested he played a big role in his axing from the Test squad.

Clarke and Katich, team-mates at New South Wales, were involved in an infamous changing room bust-up back in 2009 and the latter believes that incident is the reason behind his exclusion from the current Test side.

The Australia Test and ODI skipper has strongly denied the accusation, insisting: "When Simon wasn't selected I wasn't a selector at the time. Since becoming a selector I've made it clear in plenty of press conferences that I've done that the door certainly isn't closed on anyone."

"If you want to be part of this Australian team, you've got to go with the captain and we respect the way he wants to take the team."
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Despite the spat between Clarke and Katich, Hussey insists the players are happy with the direction in which they are heading under their new leader.

Passionate

"If you want to be part of this Australian team, you've got to go with the captain and we respect the way he wants to take the team," Hussey told AAP.

"We do want to play under Michael and I think we're definitely going in the right direction.

"It's been great for him personally - he's really taken the role with a full head of steam. He's very passionate about the role and he's very clear in how he wants to lead the team."

Australia are fresh from a 2-1 ODI series win over South Africa, but they have already switched focus to the longer format of the game as they will play two Tests against the Proteas in Cape Town and Durban in the next few weeks.

"If we can stick together and do the basics for long, long periods of time, which is what Michael's philosophy is, then I think we can definitely come out on top," Hussey said.

"It's going to be a huge series ... it's going to be great hard Test cricket which is what we all look forward to, but I'm confident.

"We've got a very important first class (tour) match coming up in Potchefstroom (on Tuesday). We've got to make sure we get into Test mode."

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