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Hussey rapt with 'phenomenal' WA win

UPDATED 12 February, 2013 2:27PM AEST | by Daniel Colasimone, Omnisport 1

Mike Hussey says the five quick wickets Western Australia took early on day two of their Sheffield Shield clash against Queensland at the Gabba was the moment momentum changed in the match.

The Warriors went on to win the match by 99 runs on day four, as Queensland were unable to chase down the 440 they needed for victory.

The Bulls secured first innings points on the first day when they bowled out the Warriors for 111, and finished the day on 5-144.

But they were unable to build a decisive first-innings advantage, as the visiting side claimed the five wickets they needed on day two while conceding 24 more runs, giving Queensland a lead of just 57.

The Warriors then scored 496 in their second innings to leave the Bulls with a big chase, which proved too much.

"It was an amazing comeback really," Hussey said.

"We were in a pretty low place there but the boys were still positive out there and just kept coming hard.

"We got a good roll on, got five quick wickets and that got spirits back up a bit.

"Then at the start of day two, to get 5-24, we really started to think we were back in the game then.

"We thought it was going to be tough if they got a 100-, 150-run lead. It was going to be hard to claw our way past and get a good score ahead, but that second morning to get 5-24 certainly gave the boys a lot of belief that we were right back in the game.

"And then the batting was just phenomenal really."

Hussey, who made scores of five and eight, heaped praise on pace bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile for his career-best second-innings figures of 6-84, which earned him man-of-the-match honours.

"He's a champion player for us," Hussey said.

"He's probably our most influential player at the moment and I believe he's right in line for selection for Australia so that's brilliant for him.

"There's a lot of motivation for him to keep playing well, and it's great for Western Australia as well."

The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia

First Posted 08 February, 2013 1:32PM AEST

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