Hussey banks on IPL experience

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Michael Hussey is confident of succeeding in the &quot;toughest challenge&quot; of his career riding on patience and the experience gathered during his IPL stin

Updated: September 28, 2008 09:30 IST
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He is yet to play a cricket Test on Indian soil but Australian middle-order mainstay Michael Hussey is confident of succeeding in the "toughest challenge" of his career riding on patience and the experience gathered during his Indian Premier League stint.

"I have not played a Test on Indian soil but I feel patience is the key. I may have not played a Test here but have played other forms of cricket," Hussey said.

"The experience of playing IPL will come in handy. The IPL made us play on different kinds of Indian wickets but Test cricket is different and it is not easy to make a smooth transition from one form of cricket to another," the left hander, who played for the IPL finalists Chennai Super Kings, said.

The late bloomer, who got the opportunity of playing Tests after crossing 30s, said beating India at home is the ultimate challenge that a team would crave for.

"The Test series against India on Indian soil is considered tough. It is the toughest series but it gives you immense satisfaction if you are able to notch up a victory here," said Hussey.

Harbhajan Singh has been a dreaded name in the Aussie camp due to his stranglehold over their line-up but Hussey said veteran leg-spinner Anil Kumble and the Indian pace battery had an equally important role to play and none of his teammates could afford to take them lightly.

"Why only Harbhajan Singh? Anil Kumble and other Indian bowlers are also good. In fact they have a good balanced attack," Hussey said.

"You have to have a clear gameplan on how to play spin. (Matthew) Hayden, (Ricky) Ponting or (Michael) Clarke have their own gameplan to tackle spin.

"They will deal with it in their own way. So will I, but you have to be clear how you are going to tackle it," he added.

Hussey said former India coach Greg Chappell, who is now an assistant to Aussie coach Tim Nielson, would also be giving his inputs in the team's strategy for the four-Test series.

"He knows the conditions here well and would certainly help us," he said.

Hussey played down the security concerns in the aftermath of Delhi blasts and said his team was satisfied with the arrangements put in place for them here.

"We are perfectly OK. The hotel staff is doing wonderfully and security is fantastic and 100 per cent full proof," he said.

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