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Aus better than its Test ranking: Hussey

Australia dropped to an all-time low of fifth in ICC Test rankings after losing to India 2-0 recently.

October 19, 2010, 11:56 AM IST
Aus better than its Test ranking: Hussey

Melbourne: Australian batsman Mike Hussey has rejected the ICC's Test rankings, which place his team at fifth, saying that the Aussies are "definitely better than that and the system is not a true reflection of their form."

Australia dropped to an all-time low of fifth after being blanked 0-2 in the just-concluded Test series against India but Hussey said the side does not deserve to be number five.

"I don't think we're the fifth-best team in the world. I don't think that's a true reflection of our team; we're definitely better than that," Hussey said.

"With the new Test championship coming in, that will probably give a better indication of where teams are at and a better understanding of where teams are ranked.

"I don't think about being fifth-best team in the world; I don't necessarily agree with that," he was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald.

The proposed Test Championship, if contested now, would not feature Australia because the side is not inside the top-four bracket.

"We need to get up to make sure we're fourth to get into that. We've got a couple of years to continue the curve of getting better every time. I think our team is getting better all the time," Hussey said.

"I have a strong belief in the personnel we've got, and the plans and processes we've put in place, that if we stick to what we know and don't get affected too much by the outside influences, I firmly believe we've got a great chance to play some excellent Test cricket in the next year," he added.

The 35-year-old also dismissed talk of any possible retirement plans after next year's World Cup in the sub-continent.

"I don't feel the talk. I've always made a conscious decision to not take much notice of what goes on outside the team. I don't read a hell of a lot of press; I don't watch the TV that much," he said.

"I must admit last summer I found it a lot harder to get away from that because there seemed like a lot of speculation.

"But certainly watching guys like Sachin Tendulkar play so well at 37, Steve Waugh played very well later in his career, Matthew Hayden played brilliantly, Justin Langer - there's so much evidence of players playing very well, well past 35," he added.

Hussey said as long as he has the faith of captain Ricky Ponting, he is not bothered about what is written about him in the press.

"I'm going to keep believing in myself and I feel like I've still got the faith of Ricky, the coaching staff and the selectors. As long as I keep believing that, I still feel like I've got a lot to offer."

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 4027 115
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 4366 104
5 Australia 3270 99
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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1 Pakistan 7748 277
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4720 262
4 India 8620 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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