Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

At Home in the Aussie Camp

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

At Home in the Aussie Camp

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Byline: By Luke Edwards

It is not everyday an Englishman gets the opportunity to relish a victory over our Australian cousins, but according to Mike Hussey we should enjoy it while we can.

Australia's cricketers have been the game's dominant force, in both Test and one-day cricket, for more than a decade and while some over-excited Poms may have labelled this Tour as the start of their demise, it seems those within the green and yellow camp are far from fazed.

The English press is notorious for the savaging it dishes out to the sportsmen and women who fail to reach expected standards and that is just one of the traditions the former British colony has inherited.

With the defeats to England in a Twenty20 match and the one day tour match against Somerset quickly followed by a humiliating loss to Bangladesh in the Natwest Series and England's three wicket win at Bristol last weekend, Australia has been stunned by the slump in form from their sporting giants.

Hussey, though, insists he is still confident that, not only will they win the Natwest Series, but the Ashes will stay Down Under for at least another two years.

"The spirit is still very strong in the camp," said Hussey, who is expected to return from his international commitments to reclaim the captaincy at Durham in time for the totesport National League Game against Warwickshire on July 17.

"We're improving in every game we play and that can only be a good sign. We need to make sure we keep the worm going in the right direction against England at the Riverside.

"We've not got a siege mentality or anything like that. We've started slowly and we recognise that, but we're getting better and better, game by game.

"Once our confidence gets higher and we are executing our plans properly we're going to be a force to be reckoned with again."

Hussey averaged an incredible 89.28 in his five Frizzell County Championship matches with Durham before linking up with the Aussie squad last month and is widely credited as being the catalyst for the county's excellent season. As a result, it has been little surprise that the Western Australian has been his country's top performer with the bat so far on their tour. …

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