South Australia v Victoria, Pura Cup, 2007-08 October 18, 2007

Hussey in a 'different class'

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Another assured hundred from David Hussey © Getty Images

David Hussey is 'batting beautifully' and is in a 'different class' to his Victoria team-mates according to Cameron White, his state captain.

Hussey stroked 104 and 74 not out to lead Victoria's 270-run win over South Australia yesterday. In their second innings, South Australia folded for just 77.

"David, he's in a different class to the rest of us I think, batting beautifully," White told the Brisbane Times. "One of the things we want at Victoria is to produce Australian players so hopefully he gets an opportunity.

"Everyone knows that he's good enough and he's in really good form - if you've been watching this game you'll see he's been on a different level to anyone really."

White attributes Hussey's success to county cricket in which he has represented Nottinghamshire for the past four seasons. He has been in prolific form, compiling 7259 runs at 48.39 with a bristling strike-rate.

"I've no doubt county cricket has definitely helped his game," White said. "Over the last four winters he's been [playing county cricket] he's probably facing a couple of thousand balls out in the middle while everyone else who's not playing cricket is hitting indoor bowling machine balls.

"There's no doubt I think that makes you a better player over there, batting all that time."