Hussey: Ponting wrong about batting order


Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey is of the opinion that Steve Smith should bat at three, and disagrees with former skipper Ricky Ponting that Smith would be best suited at four.

In the wake of a number of retirements after the Ashes, Australia have to reconfigure their batting order for the Tests against New Zealand. Ponting feels that Smith would work best at four, with Usman Khawaja at three, but Hussey thinks that would be a waste.

Hussey said on Thursday: "I personally like the idea of the best batsman coming in at No.3 and setting the tone. 

"Ricky Ponting, he's someone that did it for Australia, coming in at No.3 and playing nice, positive, aggressive cricket, sending a message to the opposition but also reassuring everybody else in the batting order that it's not too bad out in the middle. 

"If it was up to me I'd like Steve to bat three, but there's a lot that goes into that with the team balance and where he feels most comfortable playing as well."

But that was all Mr Cricket was certain about. He said he had no idea how the selectors would choose between the wealth of batsmen to make up the rest of the top order.

He added: "The way I see it, I get the feeling four batsmen are fighting it out for three spots. You're looking at (Cameron) Bancroft, Shaun Marsh, (Joe) Burns and Khawaja fighting for probably three spots in the order somewhere. 

"I have no idea which way the selectors are going to go. All of those players are quality players and given the opportunity hopefully they can grasp it and make that position their own for years to come. 

"All of the players throughout the Matador Cup have been making runs at various stages."