Michael Hussey has given no thought to retirement in any form of the game and desperately wants to be a part of Australia’s quest to add to its impressive trophy collection over the next two years.
Arguably Australia’s most valuable batsmen in one-dayers this summer, Hussey said his motivation to continue was high, and said his goals included the 2011 World Cup.
"Looking ahead to the next year, we’ve got some huge series coming up. I’d love to be involved in the Twenty20 World Cup in the West Indies," he said.
"We’ve got to win the Ashes back, so I’d love to be part of that. Then there’s a (50-over) World Cup coming up after that, and I’d love to be part of that too."
"For me personally I’m very, very determined to be part of those big three series and I’ll be trying to do everything I can. Beyond that I’ll have to step back and have a look at it."
Having begun the summer with his spot in the Australian side under heavy scrutiny, a return to form has Hussey quietly satisfied to have proved his doubters wrong.
"My motivation is very, very high at the moment, particularly coming into this summer where, there were a lot of critics and a lot of questions over my place in the team. I had a lot of motivation to play well this summer," he said.
After solid performances against both the West Indies and Pakistan, Hussey has come into his own as Australia’s Mr Reliability in the 50-over arena, averaging 58 at a strike rate of almost 100.
Impressively, Hussey has managed to register these figures batting at No.6, often with the tail, and either needing quick runs or under pressure to rebuild an Australian innings.
The classy left-hander credited smarter training and a focus on recovery between matches as a key to both his and Australia’s consistent good form.
"Most of the time I like to practice a lot, hit a lot of balls, but by the end of the season most of the guys are pretty tired mentally and physically and I’m no exception," he said.
"I have learned over the last couple of years coming into this stage, where I think our performances in one-day cricket have dropped off a bit, because we’ve kept working hard and training hard."
"We’ve been beaten in a few Commonwealth Bank series by the Indians and by the English as well, and I think it was probably coming down to fatigue."
"It’s definitely been a plan of the group to really concentrate on our rehab and recovery from matches – I think it’s helping."