Hussey eyeing series-levelling victory against England for ‘real moral victory’

Saturday, January 1, 2011

SYDNEY - Australian batsman Michael Hussey is doubtful whether a series-levelling victory against England in the fifth and final Test would erase the shame of the Ashes defeat.

He, however, believes that a win would promote a greater sense of self-belief in the inexperienced players in the team.

England took an unassailable 2-1 lead after crushing Australia by an innings and 157 runs in Melbourne to retain the Ashes for the first time in 24 years.

“I don’t know about saving face, but we do feel it’ll be great and a real moral victory for us if we can get it back to two-all,” the Sydney Morning quoted Hussey, as saying.

“That would give the guys a great feeling, and a lot of confidence. But it hurts a lot, because we came in with such high expectations and belief that we could win the Ashes,” he added.

The 35-year-old further insists that Australia’s cricketers are on track of the arduous journey back to the mountain top in 2011.We need to try to start the rise again, getting back to where we want to be - getting a team together we believe in and sticking with them and hoping to build our way back up,” Hussey said.

“We’d like to be number one in the world, it’s going to take time, but it can start now,” he added. (ANI)

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