Hussey says 'building right team culture takes time'

Sydney, Mar 15 (ANI): Retired batsman Michael Hussey has warned Australian coach Mickey Arthur that it will take time to put the right team culture in place, following Australia being 2-0 down in the series against India and facing an Ashes series in July.

Hussey, who announced his surprise retirement in January on the heels of former captain Ricky Ponting's exit, said that rebuilding a close-knit team will take time, adding that the Australian players were close like brothers for 10 years as they did not change much during that period, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Stating that the current environment will take time to return to its former closeness, Hussey said that the reason behind the increasing distances in the team now was because of the change and upheaval in Australian cricket over the last year, with frequently changing coaches, selectors and players.

Hussey further said that it is expected that building the team culture will be a slow process as it takes time to build trust, friendships along with the good and bad times which makes a team.

The Australian team has been rocked by the suspension of four players - vice-captain Shane Watson, reserve batsman Usman Khawaja and pacemen James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson - for one match each for failing to complete a homework assignment on time, the report added. (ANI)


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