Hussey remains confident
Michael Hussey has claimed Australia are not under any extra pressure despite the manner of their first Test defeat to South Africa.
Last Updated: 23/12/08 9:39am
Michael Hussey has claimed that Australia are not under any extra pressure despite the manner of their first Test defeat to South Africa.
The Proteas chased down 414 in Perth as Australia lost the opening Test of a home series for the first time since 1988.
Australia have not lost a series at home in nearly 16 years - and Hussey insists that they are not about to slip up now.
"It's not nice to be one down but I think that will galvanise us a bit more and we have just got to come out and play a good brand of cricket," Hussey said.
"I don't think we can try harder. I don't think we should put more pressure on ourselves, we have just got to come out and play a good brand of Australian cricket. And I know if we can do that for long periods of time then we will be successful."
A number of the Australian squad underperformed in Perth - although spinner Jason Krejza has been the only player to pay the price.
Nathan Hauritz and Ben Hilfenhaus have both been added to the squad and Hussey insists it is up to the team to pull together and raise their game.
"Everyone needs to perform well," he added. "When you have two evenly-matched teams, you can't rely too much on one or two players to make all your runs and take all your wickets.
"It's a case of everyone performing. The guys are preparing well and we just have to get out there and not think about what is going on too much and just concentrate on the job at hand.
"There is a lot of smiles, lots of laughter and the boys are looking forward to getting in and working hard as we did today and we will again tomorrow.
"The way we can get back into this Test series and levelling it at 1-1 is by keeping a clear mind and playing good hard disciplined Test cricket for long periods of time.
"We are really looking forward to this Test match."