Hussey dilemma for Scorchers
Let the good times roll ... Mike Hussey at Scorchers training today. Pic: Ian Munro/WA news

The Perth Scorchers face a tough selection dilemma for Wednesday's Big Bash League semifinal against the Melbourne Stars at the WACA Ground after Mike Hussey returned to training today.

Hussey, who retired from Test cricket after the Sydney Test against Sri Lanka and was not picked for the One-Day International series, spent last week relaxing with family.

He has declared himself available to help the Scorchers in their bid to claim WA cricket's first trophy since 2004.

But just who coach Justin Langer, captain Simon Katich and the selectors will replace in the team remains to be seen.

"I just want to come in and try and do my best for the boys," Hussey said.

"They've been on a great run and they've been playing some awesome cricket.

"It would be very good if we could beat the Stars and get into the final.

"I feel a bit bad because the group that has been together for the whole campaign has basically got the team to the semifinals.

"But I still think that's something that Justin, Simon and the selectors will discuss and see what the best combination is.

"I'm available to play and if they want me to play I'm ready to go.

"If they want to stick with the guys that have done the job throughout the campaign, then I fully understand that as well."

Batsmen Shaun Marsh (average 65.60), Adam Voges (36.60), Marcus North (32.33) and Katich (41.00) have all been in good touch this season, while South African opener Herschelle Gibbs (22.37) is considered a potential match-winner.

The Scorchers are likely to stick with the formula of playing five specialist batsmen, which has served them well so far this season.

It leaves the selectors with a welcome headache.

"I'm glad I'm not having to make that decision, to be honest," Voges said.

"It's a great problem to have but it's going to be unfortunate for the guy that does miss out.

"But I think whoever it is will take it well. They'll understand.

"If it is me, and there's probably a possibility that it might be me, I can't see us changing the balance of our team in terms of batting and bowling.

"There's a fair chance it's going to be a batter so if it is me I'll take it on the chin."

Tickets to the semifinal go on sale to the general public at 1pm this afternoon and are expected to sell out in a matter of minutes.

The West Australian

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