Hussey to help Australia's batsmen at World T20


Mike Hussey has been appointed to Australia's coaching staff as a batting consultant for the World Twenty20 in India.

Hussey featured at four World T20s and will hope to use his extensive knowledge of Indian conditions to aid his compatriots.

The 40-year-old played in seven seasons of the IPL and ended his career by guiding Sydney Thunder to the Big Bash League title earlier this year.

He will link up with the squad after their upcoming series in South Africa, before their World T20 campaign gets under way against New Zealand on March 18.

"The conditions are always challenging in India, there's no doubt about that," he told

"They're probably the most foreign conditions that we have, coming from Australia where we're used to pace and bounce.

"They'll face a lot of spin through the middle overs so hopefully we can play the spinners as well as we possibly can.

"There's so much talent and ability and power in that Australian squad, that I'm pretty sure we can adapt to any conditions that are thrown at us."

Hussey, who has previously revealed he turned down approaches to coach with both Sri Lanka and India, says a full-time role does not appeal to him at this point.

"I think consultancy roles are ideal. I marvel at the coaches these days with the amount of time and effort they have to put in. It's a huge job and a lot of the time you're away from home and on the road," he said.

"That's one of the reasons I retired - I didn't want to be on the road for that amount of time. That's where these consultancy roles have been good for me so far.

"I do enjoy the coaching side of the game, but [as a consultant] you're only away for two or three weeks at a time whereas the coaches that are there full-time are away for months on end.

"As I grow as a coach, I'll probably get a better feel as to whether it's a path I want to go down or not. I do enjoy it, I must admit, but I wouldn't want a full-time role at this stage."