Michael Hussey Profile
Michael Hussey is a former Australian cricketer, who was regarded as one of the profillic left handed batsmen of the country. He was born on 27 may, 1975.
Although he was a latecomer in international cricket, debuting at the age of 28, stats show that his career was no less of being noteworthy. Also known as ‘Mr. Cricket’ or ‘Huss”, Michael Hussey was the top-ranked batsman in the world in 2006.
Hussey made his first-class debut at age of 19 in 1994, playing for Western Australia. But Australia’s strong middle-order prevented him from making his international debut early.
Michael Hussey had to churn out no less than 6471 in Australia’s domestic cricket circuit before selectors saw his potential. Hussey’s domestic run tally is the 8th highest in the history of Sheffield Shield.
After making his name in first class cricket, Hussey went on to play for three English county teams, beginning with Northamptonshire in 2001.
Displaying immense potential in the ING Cup, Hussey was included in the squad for the ODI home series against India in 2004. He made 17 not out that day, helping his team win the match.
Hussey swiftly gained the title of a reliable finisher, scoring 5 half centuries in 2005 and being not out in four of them.
His test debut came against West Indies in 2005, where he only managed 1 run in the first innings and 29 in the other. He announced his arrival by scoring consecutive centuries in the next two matches.
Rise to Glory
Standing at the podium of world cricket stage, Hussey had a lot to offer. 2006 was a special year for Hussey as it saw him bag the top spot in the rankings and also the ICC’s Player of the Year award.
He was included in World ODI XI in the same year and was the 12th man in 2007.
Hussey pulled his team out of trouble in umpteen occasions, one of them being an ODI match against New Zealand in 2007. Australia were in deep trouble chasing a meagre target of 155. Hussey came in to bat when the score read 48-4. While wickets tumbled all around him, Hussey stood strong at one end and scored a 65 not out to carry his team towards victory.
Another memorable innings was the blistering knock against Pakistan in the World T20 semifinal in 2010. Hussey scored a blazing 60 not out from 24 balls, bludgeoning bowlers to secure the final berth for his team.
Hussey went over some rough form phases in his career. Early 2007 was especially bad, where he averaged only eight in 10 innings. The world cup did not improve his form where he only scored a total of 87 runs.
Hussey had a colourful club career too. He played for Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League and achieved the record of becoming the second player to score a century in the tournament. He played a crucial role in guiding the team to victory in numerous occasions.
In Big Bash league, Hussey played for Perth Scorchers for 2 years and later for Sydney Thunder for three years. Hussey also played for Gloucestershire and Durham in the English County.
Michael Hussey was the Australian captain on four occasions, in the absence of Ricky Ponting. The first time was in an ODI against West Indies in 2006. Australia did not win the match in any of the 4 occasions.
Michael Hussey retired from Tests in 2013 at the age of 38. His reason for retiring was the wish to spend more time with his family. Hussey planned to play in ODIs a little longer but was dropped by the selectors.
His last ODI was a match against Pakistan in 2012 where he scored a half century. Hussey ended his career with a total of 22 centuries, averaging a mammoth 51.53 in tests and 48.16 in ODIs.