Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hussey Ready for Fight

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hussey Ready for Fight

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Mike hussey is expecting England to be fired up by months of ridicule and disappointment as they deliver their best performance of the series in the final Ashes Test.

The former Durham captain is better qualified than most to assess just how much England's beaten Ashes squad are hurting as they prepare for the fifth Test in Sydney on January 2.

The 31-year-old left-hander knows most of England's squad through his time in county cricket ( he played alongside Paul Collingwood and Steve Harmison for Durham for two summers and was also Monty Panesar's captain for a time at Northamptonshire.

It is that insight into the personalities of various members of the England squad ( and their reaction to plenty of scorn in the Australian media ( that has prompted Hussey to predict a strong performance from the tourists at the SCG as they attempt to avoid the humiliation of an Ashes whitewash.

"Every Test match has been a challenge," said Hussey, the top run-scorer in the series with 421 runs at an impressive average of 105. …

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