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Langer wants Hussey, Hogan to lay on
Langer wants Hussey, Hogan to lay on

WA coach Justin Langer will redouble his efforts to keep veterans Mike Hussey and Michael Hogan at the Warriors next summer but is aware that his efforts may be in vain.

Hussey is considering whether to play on for a 20th season with WA but may also be tempted to move into the television commentary box for the Ashes campaign next season.

Channel 9 have the last right of refusal for the Cricket Australia television rights which expire next month and were impressed enough by Hussey's brief stint as a guest commentator over the past month to consider making him a lucrative permanent offer.

And Hogan has agreed to a two-year deal with Glamorgan that will require him to retire from Australian cricket at the end of the season.

Hussey, 37, who retired unexpectedly from Test cricket last month after a career spanning 79 consecutive matches, recognised that he needed significant motivation to play on at State level next summer.

Hussey identified the goal of helping WA regain the ground lost over the past decade as a potential driving force but said he had not yet come to a decision about his future.

"You need to be 100 per cent committed and wanting to do the work," he said. "The thing that excites me is the team and being able to help WA get back to the top.

"To be part of a winning WA team is something that does motivate me. And to help guys like (Nathan) Coulter-Nile and (Adam) Voges and (Ashton) Agar and other guys realise their dream of playing for Australia would be very rewarding for me. But I haven't really thought about it."

Langer, who admitted struggling for motivation in his final season for WA a year after he retired from Test ranks, said his experience helped him have a clear insight into Hussey's predicament.

He recognised that only Hussey himself would know whether he had the drive to keep playing.

"It is the same as retiring - only he will know if he has the drive to play," Langer said.

"We would welcome Huss back with open arms - he is a great role model, his record speaks for itself, he is passionate, he still works harder than anyone - but he has to work out what drives him.

"It may be to have a successful year or two, or to break records or be a really important leader."

Langer faces an equally troubling dilemma over Hogan, who he considers would be the cornerstone of WA's pace attack over the next two years and a valuable mentor to the strong crop of emerging pacemen.

Hogan, 31, has taken 114 Sheffield Shield wickets in his four seasons, behind only Tasmania's Luke Butterworth in that period.

"I am doing everything I can to talk him into staying," Langer said.

"He is our best bowler."

"The thing that excites me is the team and being able to help WA get back to the top."" *Mike Hussey *