Press News | 9th March 2007

Hussey set to fill Fleming’s boots

Director of Cricket Mick Newell expects David Hussey to ‘bring a lot of enthusiasm’ as Nottinghamshire’s stand-in captain for Stephen Fleming.

Fleming will be missing for the opening five weeks of the season while he leads New Zealand in the World Cup in the Caribbean and is set to arrive in Nottingham in late May.

But Newell is confident he has a strong enough squad to cope without bringing in another overseas player as cover for the 33-year-old, and has promoted Hussey to skipper after the Australian’s successful spell in charge of Victoria this winter.

Victoria retained the domestic Twenty20 competition, lost in the final of the Ford Ranger One Day Cup and are still in the running for the Pura Cup.

Said Newell: “We were always conscious that the World Cup would run over into the start of the domestic season and that Fleming would be missing for that period.

“I expect Hussey to bring a lot of enthusiasm to the job over the short period of time he’s in charge.

“He’s got good tactical awareness and has been getting some experience of captaincy with Victoria this winter. He also seems to have batted better during that period, so I’m hopeful we’ll see similar results at Trent Bridge.

“I didn’t look to bring in a replacement for Fleming as I’m confident that we have more than enough depth in the batting department to cope without him.”

Hussey, 29, will act as Notts skipper for four matches in the Liverpool Victoria County Championship and five Friends Provident Trophy games.

Newell added that Fleming’s first appearance this summer is expected to be in the Championship match against Essex at Trent Bridge, starting on May 23.

Notts begin their season on April 14 with a three-day match at Durham UCCE, ahead of the opening Championship match with neighbours Leicestershire at Trent Bridge, starting on April 18.

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