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Mike Hussey: I still have a role to play

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Mike Hussey is not contemplating retirement and believes that the experienced trio of himself, Ricky Ponting and Simon Katich all deserve new contracts from Cricket Australia.

Fresh off helping the Chennai Super Kings to the successful defence of their Indian Premier League title, the 36-year-old has returned home to Perth and set his focus on the international season ahead.

Asked about retirement, the left-hander explained that the thought hadn’t even crossed his mind.

“I haven’t been thinking about anything like that,” he told AAP.

“I’m still enjoying the challenge out in the middle and while I feel like I can still contribute to the team and I’ve still got that buzz to fight out there in the middle and still have the passion to play for Australia, I still want to carry on.”

Tours to Sri Lanka, South Africa and a visit from New Zealand lie ahead this season for Australia under new captain Michael Clarke.

After a hugely disappointing Ashes defeat and their quarter-final exit from the World Cup, CA are eager to rebuild for the future. Hussey, though, insists that he, as well as fellow veterans Ponting and Katich, still have plenty to offer and deserve to have their national contracts renewed.

“I still think we’re playing well enough to be in the top 25 players in the country,” he said.

“As long as the guys have the burning desire to want to be out there in the middle and want that challenge and the fight of the match – if you start to lose that then maybe it’s time to look away.

“But I’ve seen the characters of Kato and Ricky and there’s never any question about that sort of stuff so I’d be very surprised if they weren’t offered contracts.

“They deserve them so I’m sure there will be no worries with that.”

The 35-year-old Katich was ruled out midway through last season’s Ashes series with an achilles injury, but Hussey is adamant that the solid left-handed opener still has what it takes to be successful at Test level.

“He’s been our most consistent batsman for the last three or four years and I think just last year he was in the World Test team of the year,” he added.

“As long as he is 100 percent fit and batting well enough then I don’t see any reason why he can’t play.” Cricket365

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