Hussey backs Voges to rise in the Ashes


Former Australia international Michael Hussey has backed batsman Adam Voges to have a good Ashes series in England, saying he has the right character to succeed.

The 35 year-old Voges, like Hussey, had to wait a long time to make his debut in the longest format of the game for the Baggy Greens but made a century on debut in the West Indies last month.

Voges is now almost guaranteed to start in the first Ashes Test in Cardiff on 8 July and Hussey says his fellow Western Australian deserves all the credit.

Hussey, who played 79 Tests for the Aussies, said: "He's a great person and a great character … he's really belted down the door with great performances for Western Australia in the Sheffield Shield.

"To get an opportunity in the West Indies and play so well in his first Test match is a real credit to his character and to his skill.

"He's played a lot of county cricket and I think that's going to be very important."

The 40 year-old Hussey feels the Three Lions will not be pushovers in their home conditions and says it will be a closely contested series.

Hussey continued: "England are starting to play some more confident cricket. England in their own conditions are always tough. I think it's going to be a really close series.

"It's going to be great to watch good positive cricket from both teams and I'm hoping Australian can get over the line."