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Hussey happy to ride luck

Mike Hussey admitted he rode his luck on his way to a century that put Australia firmly in control on day two of the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Hobart.

The left-hander finished unbeaten on 115 as Michael Clarke declared on 450-5, and the tourists stumbled to the close on 87-4.

 

Hussey raised his bat for a 19th Test century when he lofted the ball to the mid-wicket boundary, where Angelo Mathews spilled a routine catch over the rope.

 

"You just need a bit of luck to go your way," Hussey said. "It just takes a couple of good balls or a couple of bad shots or a couple of things not to go your way and you can feel under pressure.

 

"At the moment it seems to have been going my way. I just want to try and enjoy it while it lasts.

 

"When you get in the 90s your mind starts playing tricks on you, I couldn't believe it when I picked him out," Hussey said of his fortunate escape when on 96.

 

"Sometimes in this game it just happens to be your day and luckily for me today was my day."

 

Hussey has now scored five Test hundreds against Sri Lanka, and their coach Graham Ford said: "He is an outstanding player.

 

"We don't have that much firepower when it comes to seam bowling, we don't blow sides away ... we didn't really have the firepower to get through his defences and he's a good player of spin.

 

"Over the years I guess he's been able to neutralise our main strength, being spin bowling, and we haven't been able to get into him with seam bowling, so that's possibly the reason why he's done well, but he is a good player and has a good record full stop."