ENG vs AUS 2018: Mike Hussey fears Trent Bridge defeat can leave 'mental scars' to Australia

Fourth and Fifth ODI to be played on 21 and 24 June respectively.

Mike Hussey concerned with Australia's latest humiliating defeat in England | Getty Images

Tim Paine-led Australian Cricket Team has suffered a humiliating 242 run defeat at the hands of England at Trent Bridge in the third One Day International of the five-match series on Tuesday (19 June) and this defeat will certainly be squeezed them deeply.

Former Australian cricketer Mike Hussey is worried about “mental scars” for the national players following their embarrassing defeat in England, as well as, feels sorry for the bowlers, as he believes that such defeats will have a mental effect on the young players.

At Trent Bridge, England posted the highest-ever ODI total of 481/6 with Andrew Tye returned with the second-worst figures in the Australian ODI history, conceding 100 runs in only nine overs and Hussey fears it will not affect the talented bowler.

In reply, Australia managed only 239 runs an bowled out inside 37 overs, eventually, suffered their heaviest defeat in ODI cricket, as well as, with the defeat losing the five-match series against England.

Hussey said on The Unplayable Podcast, “I feel for some of the bowlers because unfortunately, they're going to carry that around with you for the rest of your career. I often bump into people and they talk about 'Mick Lewis is that guy that went for 100' [Lewis had figures of 0-113 against South Africa in 2006] and so Andrew Tye is going to be another one of those guys.”

He further added, “In a lot of ways he's done so well for the [Perth] Scorchers and in the IPL he's done well. A lot of people are unfortunately going to remember him for going for 100 in a one-day international.  It's not the sort of thing you want to be remembered by. I know with Mick Lewis it certainly had a mental effect on him for quite a period of time.”

Hussey also feels that the embarrassing defeat could have a lasting effect on the young Australian team that probably have not a great impact on the game of the players.

The 43-year-old further noted, “I know it probably seems like it's doom and gloom for the Australian team at the moment and in some ways it is.  I worry about some mental scars for some of these guys that are getting taught a serious lesson about international cricket moving forward.”

Hussey signed off by saying, “But the silver lining is that we're building a lot of depth, we're exposing a lot of players that at any other stage may not get an opportunity at all. They’re experiencing what's it like to play international cricket.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 20 Jun, 2018

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