EM – ‘Warner will be happy Jofra doesn’t play Ashes’: TNIE exclusive with Mike Hussey

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In an exclusive chat with Mike Hussey, who is enjoying time off with his family in Australia after successfully helping CSK win IPL, David Warner expects to fire Jofra Archer, who is missing out on the series.

Published: November 26, 2021 00:15 |

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CHENNAI: Cricket’s oldest rivalry will continue with the Ashes next month. Former Australian cricketer and noted coach Mike Hussey believes Australia will have an advantage in home conditions as some of the English players lack the experience of playing Down Under. In an exclusive chat with this daily, Hussey, who is enjoying the break with his family in Australia after successfully helping CSK win the IPL crown, expects David Warner to fire while Jofra Archer misses the series. Excerpts: How do you think The Ashes will be this time. Who is ahead?
If it turns out to be an interesting series, Australia should be ahead at home, considering that England have some players who have not yet played in Australian conditions. No Jofra Archer is a huge loss to England but bringing back Ben Stokes is great for England and the series. Australia had a compromised preparation and some controversy over the team with Tim Paine retiring as captain. How much these factors will distract the team remains to be seen. Australia won the World Cup so will the momentum with the team be against England?
Winning the World Cup will certainly give the team some confidence, but T20 Cricket is very different from Test Cricket so I wouldn’t read into it too much. Warner was a revelation in the World Cup. Did the IPL snub get him to get his mojo back? How will he appear in The Ashes?
Warner has long been a great gamer and his IPL experience would only have made him work harder and be more motivated. In general he plays well in Australian conditions but I look forward to his fights with James Anderson and Stuart Broad. He’ll be glad Jofra isn’t playing. Steve Smith was not at his best at the World Cup. Test cricket is something he really likes. How important will his performance be for Australia?
Smith is an important player for the team and I’m sure he will be very determined to have a big streak. He loves to shine on the big stage and it doesn’t get much bigger than an Ashes series. Will Tim Paine’s resignation as captain have any impact on the series?
The paine situation is a distraction the team didn’t want to be that close to the series, but I’m sure the players will go ahead and do their best. Ben Stokes is back so it’s going to be a good competition. How do you rate him?
Stokes Back for England is great for the series, it will be a challenge for him especially after he has not played in a long time struggling with injuries and mental health. It won’t be easy for him to strike straight away. He’s a world class player and I would expect him to make an impact at some point during the series. Joe Root was in great form against India do you think he will continue in the same direction or the law of average will catch up with it? him?
Root has had an exceptional year and is very good at spin in English conditions. Australian conditions with more pace and jumping power will be his biggest challenge. He has definitely improved his conversion from fifties to hundreds and will have to continue that trend into this series. England has no set order of strikes. Will that be an advantage for Australia?
It’s a challenge for any foreign player who comes to Australia for the first time and adjusts to the conditions. I am sure you will be well prepared and do your best. How do you rate Australia’s attack? Who will be the key?
The Australian attack is very good, they work well as a team and it doesn’t matter who gets the rewards. Your performance will go a long way in helping Australia win or lose the series. The fans are all back in the stadium. Does that bode well for the game?
Yes, definitely, fantastic to have the fans back, I’m sure the players will thrive with the fans in the stadium.

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