Melbourne: Former Australian Test batsman Mike Hussey has advised coach Mickey Arthur that putting the right team culture in place will take time. Hussey, who surprisingly announced his retirement in January, said rebuilding a close-knit team will be a slow process.
"The thing about that team [of late 90s and early 2000s] is it didn't really change much for probably a 10-year period, so they got to know each other extremely well, like brothers," Hussey was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo.
"The environment now will get back to that I'm sure, but it just takes time. There's been so much change and upheaval in Australian cricket over the last year or so: changing of coaches and selectors, players have come out of the team and new players have come in," he said.
A file photo of former Australia batsmen Mike Hussey. (AP Photo)
Hussey said that team culture is built over a period of time.
"So you've got to expect it will take time for trust to build up, friendships to build, the hard times, the good times together, it all builds the culture over a period of time," he said.