Tensions between Australia and India reached boiling point during the 2008 Test in Sydney, when Andrew Symonds accused spinner Harbhajan Singh of calling him a monkey.

The pair, who played together at IPL franchise Mumbai Indians last year, have since made up and now consider themselves good friends.

And the current relationship between Australia and India also seems cordial, despite their difference in opinion on whether to implement the Decision Review System.

But Hussey felt the Monkeygate incident may have had the dual effect of galvanising India and rattling Australia.

The visitors, down 2-0 after that controversial Test, went on to win a week later at the WACA Ground by 72 runs, before Australia held their nerve in Adelaide to secure a 2-1 series win with a draw in the fourth Test.

“There was obviously a lot of controversy after the Sydney Test match which I think in a way really galvanised the Indian team,” Hussey said in Perth on Monday.

“They came to Perth with a real determination to do well. I didn’t feel at the time that it affected our team, but maybe it did a bit with all the controversy going on outside of the game.”

Galvanised would hardly be the word to describe the current Indian set-up, who are under the pump at 2-0 down heading into the third Test at the WACA Ground starting on Friday.

But Hussey said it was too early to write off the visitors, praising the calming influence of their captain MS Dhoni.

“Whether things are going well or whether things are going poorly, he keeps a very level head,” said Hussey, who played with Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

“He doesn’t get too emotional. He’s a very calm character and he tries to instill a lot of belief into his players.”

Hussey was also full of praise for his own skipper Michael Clarke, who posted an unbeaten 329 last week and has been in commanding touch since taking the Test reins from Ricky Ponting last year.

“I think Michael Clarke learnt a lot from playing under Ricky Ponting for quite a few years,” he said. “He wants the game to go forward all the time.

“He’s an aggressive sort of a captain and he wants the team to be scoring quickly. He’s always thinking as a captain and he’s very passionate about the job.”

Batsman Shaun Marsh sent a scare through the Australian camp on Monday when he had to pull out of a scheduled media conference due to illness.

But the 28-year-old is a certain starter for the third Test in Perth and is expected to train with the team on Tuesday.