Is this the end of road for David Hussey?
The curtain may have been brought down on the international career of 35 year old David Hussey, who has been dropped from the Australia squad for the first two matches of the ODI series against the West Indies.
Hussey was dropped from the ODI squad
This follows his omission from the T20 squad to take on Sri Lanka and the future looks grim for Victorian stalwart, Hussey. He has been replaced in the ODI squad for the two matches, both of which will be played at the WACA, by Aaron Finch, a 26 year old team-mate at Victoria.
After levelling the series against Sri Lanka, thanks to victory in the final match in Hobart, the rest of the 13-man squad have been reselected en-bloc. Hussey might feel more than a little aggrieved, having second top scored for his team with 34.
During the course of the series, Hussey scored a total of 128 runs at an average of 32, making him the third highest run scorer for the side, with his quick fire unbeaten 60 at the MCG being central to Australia's victory in the first match at the MCG.
Despite scoring just 16 and 4 in the first two games against Sri Lanka, the selectors were keen, with one eye to the future, to give Finch another opportunity. Despite his international failures, Finch has been in outstanding form in domestic limited-overs this season, and is likely to form an opening partnership with David Warner.
With the retirements of Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey leaving Australia short of experienced batsmen ahead of the coming Test tour to India, and back to back Ashes series starting later in the year, Hussey had hopes of a recall to the Test squad.
However, his omission from the squad for the matches against the West Indies would seem to confirm that Australia are now looking at the prospect of a future without an Hussey in the side, and the selection of the squad has confirmed that there will be no home-ground farewell for Michael Hussey.