Hussey junior keeps Test dream alive
A reinvigorated David Hussey views the upcoming one-day series in England as the perfect place to launch his campaign for a spot on next year's Ashes tour.
The younger Hussey brother still has a burning ambition to play Test cricket and has been encouraged by positive feedback from the national selection panel.
The prolific run-maker in county and Australian domestic cricket sees the five-match series starting this month as a chance to show his wares against England's best on their turf.
The Victorian batsman, who turns 36 during the Ashes next year, will be banking on selectors taking a pragmatic approach and not focusing too heavily on his birth certificate.
"I think the new selection committee is going to select the best players available at any one time," he said.
"I have not given up hope of playing Test cricket.
"If I did not believe I could not play Test cricket, I probably would not be playing or probably follow the T20 league around the world.
"Playing Test cricket for your country is still the ultimate."
That Hussey remains an outside shot of being called up for his Test debut is a reflection of Australia's thin batting stocks.
And to be fair to him, his resilience.
Having thought his one-day international career was finished late last year, the former West Australian made the most of his chances during the Australian summer.
"I just had a very good one-on-one meeting with the coach (Mickey Arthur) and it is probably the most comfortable I have felt in the (national team) environment," he said.
"I actually feel that I have a few credits in the bank now.
"Hopefully, I don't need to use them in the short term."
Australia open their UK tour on Thursday against Leicestershire at Grace Road before heading to Ireland for Saturday's one-day international in Belfast.
The tourists have a final warm-up match in Essex on Tuesday before starting the one-day series against England on June 29 at Lord's.
Hussey, who has scored more than 12,000 first-class runs at a touch under 55 in 160 matches, believed being familiar with the conditions and English attack must count for something.
"Playing county cricket is a big advantage for Chris (Rogers) and myself and, hopefully, it is looked upon for future series," he said.
Hussey was unlucky to be stuck behind a stack of quality Australian batsmen during his 20s.
He also recognises he failed to nail opportunities when they finally arose.
From a long-term point of view, selecting Hussey as a spare batsman for the Ashes would make no sense - especially with Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey potentially touring at the age of 38.
But after watching youngsters such as Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh come and go, there could be worse options to take to England next year.