Mike Hussey will not return to the Western Warriors for the second half of the Sheffield Shield season.
Hussey and coach Justin Langer this morning met to discuss the batsman’s potential return to the state side. Both parties agreed that Hussey’s limited availability would not be in the best interests of the team.
“Mike and I had a good chat this morning and, in the end, we agreed it wouldn’t be in the best interests of the team, or himself, to return to the Warriors for the remainder of this season,” Langer said. “Mike and I have been friends for a long time and he’s always been a person who gives 100 per cent to everything he does.
“He is an iconic player and I would love to have Mike Hussey play for the Warriors, but he has made it clear that his heart isn’t 100 per cent in returning to Shield cricket.
“On the back of his retirement from international cricket last season, I respect his decision.”
Hussey added, “On reflection, I know in my heart that as much as I would like to play Sheffield Shield cricket for Western Australia, it would not be fair on the team and I believe it is time for the younger players to step up and grab their opportunities with both hands.”
The third-placed Western Warriors resume their Sheffield Shield campaign at home on Wednesday, hosting the Tasmanian Tigers at the WACA Ground.
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