Infotainment Factory: Legend's harsh reality for new Aussie hero

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Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Legend's harsh reality for new Aussie hero


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Australian batting legend Mike Hussey says Ashton Turner remains only an outside chance for a World Cup spot, despite his match winning innings in the fourth ODI against India in Mohali.

Turner blasted 84 not out from just 43 balls during Australia’s record run-chase on Monday morning, but with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns recently confirming “18 or 19” players are in contention for 15 spots, there’s plenty of competition for places.

The right-hander admitted after the match that the World Cup was definitely on his mind, remarking “you’d be crazy if you were here (in India) and not thinking about it.”

The likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are almost certain selections in the top six, meaning the return of David Warner and Steve Smith is likely to push someone like Turner out of the squad.

“It’s a nice problem to have, and it’s a very tough call, but at this stage I reckon he might just miss out,” Hussey told Wide World of Sports.

Ashton Turner

“All the indications are that Ashton will develop into a really good player, but there’s only 15 spots in the squad.

“I’ve been impressed with Usman Khawaja recently, he’s been hitting the ball nicely, and you have to remember the World Cup will be played at the start of the summer in England, so the pitches could just do a bit early on, which might make someone like Khawaja valuable.”

Turner made his T20 debut for Australia in 2017, but a succession of shoulder injuries has derailed his bid for higher honours.

“I think he’s been on the radar for a while now, but he hasn’t been picked because of his shoulder problems,” Hussey said.

“One of his strengths is being able to read the game very well, he runs between the wickets well, he does the little things right.”

Turner will play for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL, where he’ll team up with Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The 26-year-old has admitted he “can’t wait” for the IPL to start, where he intends to learn as much as possible from the former Australian captain.

Mike Hussey

It’s Turner’s first season of IPL, and it’s an experience Hussey says will be invaluable for the 26-year-old.

“That environment will be so good for a player like Ashton,” Hussey said.

“To be able to rub shoulders on a daily basis with world class players, and soak up all their knowledge, is something that will stand him in good stead.

“He will learn plenty in a very short period of time.”

Turner won’t be the only player Hussey will be keeping a close eye on during the IPL, with Australia’s former captain and vice-captain sure to be the centre of attention as they return from their ball-tampering bans.

“I’m not suggesting you wouldn’t pick them for the World Cup, because they’re obviously great players, but you want to see Steve Smith and David Warner firing in the IPL, and just getting some good quality cricket under their belts before England,” Hussey said.

Australian batting legend Mike Hussey says Ashton Turner remains only an outside chance for a World Cup spot, despite his match winning innings in the fourth ODI against India in Mohali.

Turner blasted 84 not out from just 43 balls during Australia’s record run-chase on Monday morning, but with chairman of selectors Trevor Hohns recently confirming “18 or 19” players are in contention for 15 spots, there’s plenty of competition for places.

The right-hander admitted after the match that the World Cup was definitely on his mind, remarking “you’d be crazy if you were here (in India) and not thinking about it.”

The likes of Aaron Finch, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell and Marcus Stoinis are almost certain selections in the top six, meaning the return of David Warner and Steve Smith is likely to push someone like Turner out of the squad.

“It’s a nice problem to have, and it’s a very tough call, but at this stage I reckon he might just miss out,” Hussey told Wide World of Sports.

Ashton Turner

“All the indications are that Ashton will develop into a really good player, but there’s only 15 spots in the squad.

“I’ve been impressed with Usman Khawaja recently, he’s been hitting the ball nicely, and you have to remember the World Cup will be played at the start of the summer in England, so the pitches could just do a bit early on, which might make someone like Khawaja valuable.”

Turner made his T20 debut for Australia in 2017, but a succession of shoulder injuries has derailed his bid for higher honours.

“I think he’s been on the radar for a while now, but he hasn’t been picked because of his shoulder problems,” Hussey said.

“One of his strengths is being able to read the game very well, he runs between the wickets well, he does the little things right.”

Turner will play for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming IPL, where he’ll team up with Steve Smith, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. The 26-year-old has admitted he “can’t wait” for the IPL to start, where he intends to learn as much as possible from the former Australian captain.

Mike Hussey

It’s Turner’s first season of IPL, and it’s an experience Hussey says will be invaluable for the 26-year-old.

“That environment will be so good for a player like Ashton,” Hussey said.

“To be able to rub shoulders on a daily basis with world class players, and soak up all their knowledge, is something that will stand him in good stead.

“He will learn plenty in a very short period of time.”

Turner won’t be the only player Hussey will be keeping a close eye on during the IPL, with Australia’s former captain and vice-captain sure to be the centre of attention as they return from their ball-tampering bans.

“I’m not suggesting you wouldn’t pick them for the World Cup, because they’re obviously great players, but you want to see Steve Smith and David Warner firing in the IPL, and just getting some good quality cricket under their belts before England,” Hussey said.

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