Hussey fears mental scarring for bowlers

21 June 2018 13:45:50 UK

Former Australia batsman Mike Hussey is worried that some of the current team's bowlers could become mentally scarred by the record defeat to England at Trent Bridge.

The tourists suffered their heaviest 50-over defeat when they conceded a world record 481-6 in the third game of the series.

Hussey feels Andrew Tye in particular, playing in his seventh ODI, is at risk of seeing his bowling figures tarnish his career.

He conceded 100 runs from his nine overs - the second-worst figures in the format for Australia.

Tye, who went wicketless in Nottingham, returned figures that drew comparison with Mick Lewis. His 0-113 against South Africa in Johannesburg in 2006 saw him singled out for criticism, and he never played for Australia again.

Captain Tim Paine used eight bowlers at Trent Bridge, with only left-arm spinner Ashton Agar (1-70 from 10 overs) avoiding punishment.

While Tye's figures were the most alarming, Billy Stanlake (0-74 from eight) and Marcus Stoinis (0-85 off eight) also failed to make any impact. And though Jhye Richardson took three wickets, his 10 overs went for 92 runs.

Hussey said: "I feel for some of the bowlers because unfortunately they're going to carry that around with you for the rest of your career."

Speaking of Tye, he added: "A lot of people are unfortunately going to remember him for going for 100 in a one-day international; it's not the sort of thing you want to be remembered by.

"I know with Mick Lewis it certainly had a mental effect on him for quite a period of time."

Australia are without the services of three injured pace bowlers - Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins - who boast 151 ODIs between them.

Their four front-line bowlers at Trent Bridge had only 21 one-dayers between them.

Australia are 9/2 to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

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