Both Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting have ruled out their return to international cricket despite the fact that the Australian side desperately needs the pair.
Both veterans decided to call it a day almost together only a few weeks ago. The Kangaroos are currently on an important tour to India, where they have completely failed to show anything special.
The Aussie side is trailing the series 3-0 with the fourth and the final encounter scheduled to be played at Delhi later this week. Since the Aussies are facing big problems in the batting department, there are rumours about Ponting and Hussey’s return for
the upcoming Ashes series.
However, both players have ruled out the possibility. Despite coach Mickey Arthur’s statement that he is open to welcome Hussey, the left-hander has clarified that an international return is out of question.
"It’s extremely flattering," Hussey was quoted as saying by ‘the Sydney Morning Herald. "But I’ve moved on and I really don’t want to be back in that pressure-cooker environment, particularly leading into the Ashes."
"People probably take it for granted, but I love knowing that I get to come home every day rather than going to another hotel room or another airport. I feel very lucky to have been able to leave on my own terms."
"In some ways, having a tough tour like India can sometimes really galvanise the group," Hussey said of the ongoing clash between India and Australia.
Former skipper, Ricky Ponting has already batted away speculation about his possible comeback to the international arena. He collected his domestic ‘Cricketer of the Year’ award on Wednesday, and said that the international cricket is nothing more than a
matter of past for him.
"International cricket has long passed me by," Ponting said, predicting Australia could "put up a good show" in the fourth and final Test against India.
The right-hander served his country in 160 matches, scoring over 1300 runs at an average of 51.28. He is Australia’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, and stands at the third spot in the list of all-time highest Test run-scorers behind Sachin Tendulkar
and Rahul Dravid.