Fox Sports Australia – With Australia 2-1 down heading into the fifth and final Test at The Oval, Packer reportedly picked up the phone to then Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman in an attempt to have Mike Hussey replace failing batsman Damien Martyn.

Summary

  • With Australia 2-1 down heading into the fifth and final Test at The Oval, Packer reportedly picked up the phone to then Cricket Australia chairman Bob Merriman in an attempt to have Mike Hussey replace failing batsman Damien Martyn.
  • “Get that f***ing Hussey in the side, quick,” Packer told Meriman, according to an excerpt from ESPN Cricinfo reporter Daniel Brettig’s upcoming book Bradman & Packer: The Deal that Changed Cricket.
  • Although Packer’s demands weren’t enough to have Hussey rushed into the side, it did prompt a phone call to be made to the very top.
  • Merriman called CA chief James Sutherland to send a gentle reminder that selectors can look outside of its squad, which didn’t include Hussey who was piling on runs in English county cricket.
  • Sutherland later rang Merriman back, reportedly telling him: “Bob, Mike Hussey’s on a plane now, we can’t get him in.”


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