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Top 5 ODI finishers from Australia

  • A quick look at 5 of the best number 5 and 6 for Australia in one day cricket, who were adept at finishing off games.
S Samaddar
ANALYST
Top 5 / Top 10
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 14:46 IST

#4 Mike Hussey

South Africa v Australia - 5th ODI

The man who came to be known as Mr Cricket could not make it into the Australian side due to the sheer riches that the team had and it was not till he was almost 29 that the great Mike Hussey could make it to the side.

However, once he did get the chance, he took the opportunity with both hands and went on to become one of the greatest finishers that the game has ever seen. Hussey played in 185 one-dayers for Australia and he batted at number 5 or 6 on 120 occasions.

He was probably one of the best readers of a match situation and in addition to that, the left-hander could easily play long innings in case of loss of early wickets. However, what made him such a superb finisher was his ability to take a single almost at will coupled with the gift of finding a boundary or a six as soon as the required rate became a bit stifling.

Hussey played at 5 or 6 in 120 games and made 3486 runs, but more importantly, he averaged 42 and recorded a strike rate of 86.78. As long as he was there, one could never say that the game was over. 

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Published 28 Jan 2018, 18:15 IST
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