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National duty is more important than IPL: Hussey

Melbourne, Feb 16 (UNI) No amount of money can lure away players from playing for the nation, Australian batsman Mike Hussey said.

Joining the debate over Indian Premier League (IPL) versus international cricket, Hussey, who is yet to sign an IPL contract, said, ''It's time to set the record straight on the IPL. There are suggestions that golden eggs being laid by the league may force the premature retirement of Test veterans approaching the end of their playing days,'' Hussey wrote in his column for 'The Daily Telegraph'.

''(But) I have signed a short-form contract indicating I am interested in playing in the IPL, if I am available. The 'if' is very important here,'' he said.

''You don't shake a tree and baggy green caps fall out. It takes a lot of hard work to earn one. It took me about 15,000 first-class runs.'' The batsman said the IPL would just be a bonus whereas playing for the country was an honour.

''It's one of the greatest honours for an Australian sportsman and I wouldn't retire any earlier just to play a few more IPL matches,'' he said.

''My aim is to play as many Tests, one-day internationals and Twenty20 matches as possible for Australia and anything else that comes along will be a bonus. And no amount of money will cause me to think otherwise.'' ''Let's be honest about that - Australian cricketers are very well looked after. We have nothing to complain about,'' he added.


Story first published: Saturday, February 16, 2008, 15:35 [IST]
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