Hussey to return to familiar surroundings

Thu, Aug 13, 2009 10:46 AM

Hussey to return to familiar surroundings
After their huge victory over England last week, the Australian tourists are preparing for their winner-takes-all final Ashes Test against England at the Oval.

But for Michael Hussey (right) in particular, the prospect of a visit to Edinburgh immediately after the conclusion of the Oval Test has an added appeal.

The left-handed batsman enjoyed half a season with the Ferguslie club in 1998, aged 24, before being called up to join the Australia A side on tour to Scotland, making 136* on his debut against Scotland at Hamilton Crescent and sharing an unbroken 300-run third-wicket partnership with Damien Martyn.

Now Hussey - ?Mr Cricket' - is a fixture in the world champions' side which will be coming to Scotland for their eagerly-awaited One-Day International against Scotland on Friday 28 August. The match, to be played at the Citylets Grange in Edinburgh, will be the first official ODI match between the two countries outside the World Cup.

The Australians will use their match against Scotland as further preparation ahead of their T20 and ODI series against England.

Tickets for the match are currently on sale and are priced at £39 for adults and £25 for concessions. This price reflects a near 20% reduction on the ticket price for last year's England match, which attracted a capacity crowd of over 5,500.

Tickets for the match have been on sale since May and are being snapped up by cricket
supporters throughout the country. There are tickets still remaining and these are on general sale.

Roddy Smith, Cricket Scotland chief executive, said: "The UK has been gripped with Ashes fever over the last few weeks. As soon as the final Test is finished at the Oval, the Australians will be on the road to Scotland to take on the Saltires. This is a fantastic opportunity for the Scottish public to see the Ashes stars in action in what is sure to be a great spectacle."

Fraser Watts, the Scotland opening batsman, is thrilled by the challenge facing the Saltires later this month. "There has been loads of coverage of the Ashes and I am sure many Scottish cricket fans have been following it very closely; I know I have. To play against the Aussies will be a huge challenge for us, but it is an opportunity we are really excited by. Hopefully the game can attract a full house to cheer us on against the world champions."

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