First hour at Adelaide Oval will be crucial for bowlers: Hussey

Aussie batting stalwart, Michael Hussey brings up James Anderson's 2010 Ashes example where the opposition pacer struck early and England ended up winning the Test

Australia batsman Michael Hussey fears that bowlers could be chasing leather if they fail to strike in the first hour of the fourth and final Test here at Adelaide Oval starting tomorrow. Last year, James Anderson's spell of 4-51 bowled Australia out for 251 on Day One. "At the Adelaide Oval, it is important (for bowlers) to make the most of early movement. It certainly does a little bit in the first morning, maybe the first session, and then can be a very good batting pitch for a few days, and England certainly exposed us in that respect (last year)," Hussey said yesterday.

In full flow: Michael Hussey cuts one on the third day of Melbourne
Test against India. Pic/AFP

"We started with a run-out, but after that they got a number of quick wickets which put us under enormous pressure and stopped us getting to a good first innings total. It's certainly a crucial time in the game, if the openers can get through that, then good runs can be had," he added.

James Anderson

Hussey said that his side had improved since last year's innings defeat at Adelaide. "The thing that frustrated me last year against England was that we weren't able to apply enough pressure for long enough periods of time and this summer, the bowling has just been absolutely outstanding. I know the Indian batsmen have been copping a fair bit of criticism, but I think the credit really should go to our bowling unit.

The amount of pressure they've been able to build up by just bowling good ball after good ball and being prepared to do it for hours and sessions on end, has really been the difference between Australia winning and dominating Test matches, and struggling a bit last year in the Ashes," he said.

Around the corner
The Western Australian felt Tendulkar's 100th ton was around the corner. "If you watched his footwork (in this series), and how he has timed the ball, and how straight his bat has been off both the front and back foot, I think he has actually been playing really well. That's just how batting goes sometimes, you can be playing really well, but one good ball and one mistake and you're on your way back to the pavilion. If he continues to play the way he is it's just inevitable, it's going to happen at some stage (the hundred)," Hussey said.

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