Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hussey's Durham Stint Helps Ponting

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Hussey's Durham Stint Helps Ponting

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Byline: By John Curtis

Ricky Ponting admits the one-day game with Somerset today at Taunton has taken on greater significance after Australia's hammering by England in the Twenty20 international at The Rose Bowl.

The tourists' captain conceded his side still looked rusty after being bowled out for a paltry 79 inside 15 overs by England, with Jon Lewis and Darren Gough doing the damage.

Ponting, 30, is looking for the likes of Michael Hussey and Michael Clarke to spend some much needed time in the middle ahead of Saturday's NatWest Series opener with Bangladesh in Cardiff.

Ponting said: "Half of the reason Hussey and Clarke batted where they did on Monday was to have some time in the middle. But Clarkey got out first ball and Huss only faced half a dozen. We've got to look at that. The good thing is that Huss has been playing a lot of cricket over here with Durham so he shouldn't be out of touch. …

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