Brydon Coverdale
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The unexpected departure

Michael Hussey's retirement has come as a surprise and it leaves Australia with a vast hole to fill ahead of a double Ashes year

Brydon Coverdale

December 29, 2012

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Ricky Ponting gets a hug from Michael Hussey after getting to 200, Australia v India, 4th Test, Adelaide, 2nd day, January 25, 2012
Michael Hussey has been ever-present in the Test side since his debut © AFP
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A Michael Hussey half-century could sneak up on you. Didn't he just go in? Before you knew it, he would be into the sixties, the seventies, the eighties. Could you remember a standout shot? Occasionally. It is not that they were unworthy of notice, just that Hussey's style was understated. A crisp cover-drive here, a well-timed pull there, often while the attention was on his partner, Michael Clarke or Ricky Ponting, perhaps.

Whoever he was batting with, Hussey was busy to the point of urgent. Over 22 yards, wearing pads and holding a bat, Usain Bolt would have struggled to beat him. Ones became twos, twos became threes. He was hungry to squeeze every run possible out of an innings. Ravenous. After all, his first Test came at the age of 30. Ponting, a man of the same vintage, had a ten-year head-start.

Now, Hussey's retirement has sneaked up on Australian cricket just as his runs did. This summer, the hunger has remained: his average in 2012 is 59.86, higher than any year since the Bradmanesque start to his career from 2005-07. But he no longer has the desire to spend long periods away from home, away from his wife Amy and four young children. Hussey was one of the few men whose training ethic could match that of Ponting. But no more.

In many ways, Hussey's departure leaves a bigger hole than that of Ponting. Unlike Ponting, Hussey will retire on top of his game. He would have been a key man, arguably the most important besides Clarke, over the four-Test series against India and back-to-back Ashes contests next year. In a graph of Test runs and centuries scored by Australia's top six for their India tour, Clarke will be a Burj Khalifa compared to his colleagues' single-storey dwellings.

Most likely, Usman Khawaja will take Hussey's place in the team. Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke, Khawaja. All are fine batsmen, but the experience and composure of Hussey at No.6 will be irreplaceable. It is no coincidence that during Hussey's leanest patch of form - from late 2008 until the start of the 2010-11 Ashes series he scored only two centuries in 28 Tests - Australia lost an Ashes series, two Border-Gavaskar Trophy series, and to South Africa at home.

One of his few successes during that time was his unbeaten 134 against Pakistan at the SCG, and his partnership with the tail-ender Peter Siddle during that innings turned the match from an almost certain Pakistan win into a remarkable Australian come-from-behind victory. His career renaissance began with the opening Test of the 2010-11 Ashes, but nothing he did during that series could save Australia from themselves.

That Ashes series and the Sri Lankan Test tour that followed it six months later were the two most productive of Hussey's Test career. Hussey was Man of the Match in all three Tests in Sri Lanka, with scores of 95, 15, 142, 118 and 93. At last, his mind was clear again. For the previous couple of years, Hussey had questioned himself and his mind became clouded. That's what happens when there's too much in there.

These days, Cowan is the member of Australia's side most known for analysis - or over-analysis. Before Cowan, there was Hussey. A compulsive compiler of lists, after matches Hussey would scrutinise his performance and catalogue his goals, jot down the things he needed to work on. If Shane Warne was the troublemaker in Professor John Buchanan's class of 2005-07, Hussey was the teacher's pet.

"I am getting itchy again and keen to get into it, but I am trying to hold off for another couple of weeks," Hussey wrote in an email to Buchanan in 2006 after the coach asked each player to consider their training for the upcoming Champions Trophy, Ashes and World Cup campaigns. Hussey went on to outline in detail his plans. There were dot points, subheadings, examples. It read like a lesson plan. Not surprisingly, Hussey was trained as a science teacher.

 
 
In many ways, Hussey's departure leaves a bigger hole than that of Ponting. Unlike Ponting, Hussey will retire on top of his game. He would have been a key man, arguably the most important besides Clarke, over the four-Test series against India and back-to-back Ashes contests next year
 

Attention to detail was Hussey's trademark. At times, it was also his weakness, for he could be prone to overthinking. But there was a more visceral side to Hussey as well, best shown by the passion he displayed as leader of the team song, Under the Southern Cross. In the centre of the MCG on Friday evening, Hussey stood in the middle of the Australian team huddle as the beers flowed, and led his team-mates in their celebrations.

From Rod Marsh to Allan Border to David Boon to Ian Healy to Ricky Ponting to Justin Langer, the holder of that unofficial office is generally the heart and soul of Australia's Test team. So it was with Hussey, whose was also remarkable for his durability. Next week's Sydney Test will be his 79th consecutive Test since his 2005 debut. No other Australian has played every Test in that time.

His fitness is legendary. Once, after an Australia A tour, Hussey was told by Border that in order to become a Test player he would need to prepare himself to bat a full day by training for at least six hours a day. The batting coach Ian Kevan guided Hussey through a long day of training, two hours then a lunch break, two more hours then a tea break, and two more hours before "stumps". By the end, Kevan was exhausted and took a nap. Hussey went for a run.

At that point, Hussey's desire to become a Test cricketer was insatiable. While a Sheffield Shield player, he wrote to Australia's captain Steve Waugh to ask what he could do to become mentally tough enough for Test cricket. Waugh was retired by the time Hussey got his chance in the baggy green. By the time of his Test debut, he had 15,313 first-class runs to his name, a record for an Australian player before his first Test.

Hussey's first years of Test cricket provided Bradman-like runs. After 20 Tests he was averaging 84.80. That mark didn't drop below 60 until Test No.33. In the limited-overs arena he was Australia's finest finisher since Michael Bevan. At his peak, he reached the No.1 ranking on the ICC's list of batsmen in both Test cricket and ODIs. He will finish 12th on Australia's ODI run tally and 11th on the ODI list.

A member of Australia's triumphant 2007 World Cup squad in the West Indies, Hussey was also the reason the Australians reached the World T20 final in the Caribbean three years later. His unbeaten 60 from 24 balls against Pakistan in the semi-final was one of the format's great international innings, given the stakes. The power and timing he displayed in clearing the boundary six times was remarkable.

Off the field, Hussey was - and still is - one of the most down-to-earth, personable cricketers Australia has produced in the professional era. Unfailingly polite, he would never refuse an autograph hunter, and would always greet the media warmly, regardless of what they had written about him. His amiability made him a regular at press conferences on difficult days for the Australian team. On such occasions, few of his team-mates would have the patience to answer tough questions. Hussey would, and always with a sense of perspective.

Perspective is a rare trait in professional sportsmen. But as a father of four - including two children who were born premature at 28 weeks - Hussey knows there is plenty to life beyond cricket. At the end of this summer the game will be poorer for his permanent absence but the Hussey family will be richer for his full-time presence.

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Posted by treborhoc on (December 31, 2012, 21:48 GMT)

Great article Brydon - Hussey will be missed.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Excellent description of Mr.Cricket played, always out of limelight and understated, but fierce in his resolve.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

When cricketers retire it is becoming the cliche to hear that they are retiring to spend more time with their family (I'll bet SRT utters those words shortly). However, in nearly all cases this is the result of the retirement rather than the reason. The true reason is usually because they are no longer good enough. But for Mr Cricket this isn't the case - he is as good as ever, never gets injured, gets better in the field every year and is probably the fastest runner in international cricket. His retirement is a shock.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 16:55 GMT)

Mr. Cricket was the complete package. A treat to watch regardless of the team he is playing for - the team you are rooting for or the opposition. He gave 100% to the team and the sport everytime he stepped onto the field. Australia will be really hard pressed to find a replacement. Good Luck Mr. Cricket!

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (December 30, 2012, 12:53 GMT)

@Featuredwriter Khawaja should definitly replace mr.cricket. David Hussey cannot be picked, not only because he will be 36 when the ashes is played but purely because he is averaging 15 this year in shield with just over 100 runs in aggregate. Khawaja has not only become more aggressive under lehman but looks sharp in the field in slips and between wickets.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 30, 2012, 6:38 GMT)

@David Fong not picking Hussey at 25 did rob us of at least 5 years of gold cricket from the great man. Hope selectors don't make the same mistake with Khawaja as he is ready to be picked as a replacement for Huss.

Posted by deathstar01 on (December 30, 2012, 6:20 GMT)

great great batsman..runner... fielder... and a great family guy.... take a bow Mr. Cricket. Have a great life....from Bangladesh.

Posted by hycIass on (December 30, 2012, 5:00 GMT)

Cricket loses an idol, You can take Mr Cricket from the game, but you can't take the game from Mr Cricket. @lewis and Macca i am sure that if Khawaja gets a node for Hussey then he will get a proper run rather then cover for injured players. If you look at his history he made his debut for an injured ponting, then came in for an injured Marsh and is now is in the squad as a backup for an injured Clarke. Its time to stop bringing one of our better domestic players as an injury cover and give him a full series to show what he can do. Well done Huss, great career

Posted by GHemrajani on (December 30, 2012, 4:08 GMT)

I am saddened to see him go. I would have liked to see another 2 years of him. The best cricketer ever. Could play all 3 formats with ease and yet maintain high averages in all.

Posted by msnsrinivas on (December 30, 2012, 3:59 GMT)

No matter what country you're from, no matter what your affiliations are, no matter which format of the game you prefer, this was one man who was impossible to dislike.

Posted by cricketkumar on (December 30, 2012, 3:54 GMT)

I think his brother may be the immediate beneficiary.

Posted by Drew2 on (December 30, 2012, 3:05 GMT)

@James C Birbeck Dar - As an Australian, my fears for the upcoming ashes series are summed up perfectly by you. Unless stars rise to the occasion aka Taylor and Waugh in 1989, Australia will be relying on bowling out the Englishmen cheaply to have any hope. A big ask.

Posted by KhanMitch on (December 30, 2012, 1:52 GMT)

With the great man retiring, Usman Khawaja should get the call up for the vacant hussey position or else the selectors have some serious explaining to do given he is the next best shield batsman after Hughes. it's a transition yr for the aussie team and they need to give some young blood the opportunity to blossum! And well pointed out by Pat Howard that Khawaja has not only worked on his fiedling but his off spin bowling as well, great attitude.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

one of the nicest and efficient cricketer ever produced in Australian team. always admire him, wish him all the success in his future en devour. THANK YOU

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 1:14 GMT)

As much as I liked Hussey, it's near-impossible to not be annoyed at him for the timing of this retirement. If he left against SA we'd have an opportunity to give some batsmen a soft landing in tests, now we're going to have to use the ODIs for that. Personally, I'd like Cameron White in over David Hussey because White's had more stand-out international innings, particularly in #3 for the ODIs and Australia A. I feel like we need somebody experienced to come in. I like Khawaja, but I'd prefer him to understudy Hughes and Watson than be designated the future #6...

Posted by HowdyRowdy on (December 30, 2012, 1:07 GMT)

As well as his wonderful batting, fielding and relentless enthusiasm, Mike Hussey showed that it is possible to be hardened professional on the field, while maintaining perspective and a clear set of values off it. Obviously his family will love having their husband/dad available full time.

He will leave a potentially fragile top six, without any stand-out replacement. A line-up of Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Watson, Clarke and Khawaja includes three players who average mid thirties and one just under thirty in Test cricket - distinctly underwhelming for the challenge ahead. As often happens, a couple of batsmen could do surprisingly well and a couple surprisingly poorly, but collectively the batting group looks short of the class required to perform consistently well against high quality bowling.

The focus on Wade's batting may increase. I have been disappointed with some recent soft dismissals and hope that he tightens up his game with the bat.

Posted by YogifromNY on (December 30, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

I was in shock when I woke up this morning in the US to headlines of two of my favorite cricketers (albeit from different eras) retiring - Tony Greig from this stage called life, and Michael Hussey from international cricket. This article is about Hussey, so I will confine myself to him. Though I am an Indian team supporter, I always loved watching you play, Michael. That look of fierce determination and that concentration as you strode out to bat. How you pulled the Aussie team out of dire straits so many times and led them to improbably victories from those positions sometimes. What a fantastic fielder you are too! World cricket is definitely the poorer for your retirement. Enjoy your time with your young family, and hopefully we will get to hear your observations as a cricket commentator! God bless.

Posted by featurewriter on (December 30, 2012, 0:05 GMT)

David Fong: I think the Australian selectors have made many blunders during that period: Stuart Law, Brad Hodge, Darren Lehman, Michael Bevan. (You could add Martin Love, Jamie Siddons, Jamie Cox and David Hussey to the list as well.) As far as replacements go, I don't believe Khawaja is ready. I'd sooner see Australia select David Hussey for two years on the Test circuit and allow Usi to develop more.

Posted by Harlequin. on (December 29, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

It will be interesting to see what effect this has on Clarke. Hussey was the only other member of the Aussie batting line-up who you would class as a typical test-match batsman. The likes of Watson and Warner can chip in with quick scores but rarely look like playing long innings. Cowan/Hughes/Khawaja have ability but haven't quite settled into test matches yet. With Hussey, Clarke had someone dependable to shoulder some of the burden, and now that he has to carry it by himself for the time being, can he take the weight?

Posted by McCricket_ on (December 29, 2012, 23:50 GMT)

@Macca_mat and @ Batmanian: absolutely spot on. Our middle order for the Ashes is massively suspect and we only have a test or two to decide who should replace Hussey. Throw in Khawaja who is next in line? Or look to an older, wiser head from Sheffield Shield?

I think we need to make a decision based on a 10 match Ashes campaign and have less of a long-term view.

The top 5 run-scorers in Shield runs throws up a few other names: Ferguson, Dooley and Cosgrove. Of these, I like Ferguson, who was a revelation in pressure situations when he came into the ODI team before his injury.

Other old heads from left field: David Hussey (FC av 53.7), Brad Haddin (without gloves, a la Sangakarra), or Rob Quiney.

Posted by SirViv1973 on (December 29, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

A huge loss to Aus & something they can ill afford at present. It leaves Clarke as the only world class batsman in the side. I think there are still huge question marks over Cowan, Hughes & Wade all of whom only ave in the mid 30s. Although Watson did a decent job at the top of the order an ave of 37 & only 2 100s in 69 inns isn't really good enough for a top side, there's also his persistent injury problems to contend with. Warner has done well so far & it will be interesting to see how he goes against Ind on turning pitches. Despite wot the op said I think Maxwell will get a chance before UW as I suspect Aus want to use him as the 2nd spinner in Ind. If things do go badly in Ind I wonder if the selectors might be tempted to play Dave Hussey in the ashes? It would be ironic if MH retirement opened the door for his brother. I know he is 35 but McGain got a test debut at 37 when Aus were desperate, by the looks of it they may be desperate again soon!

Posted by Moppa on (December 29, 2012, 22:49 GMT)

@Batamian, I don't think it's that hard a decision selection-wise to 'replace' Mike Hussey, but it's certainly true that his replacement, Khawaja, will not bring the same experience, reliability, dedication, fielding excellence and leadership - in other words, we can fill the hole in the line-up, but we'll miss Hussey on the coming tours. @Lewis_of_Macksfield has it spot on, the post-Hussey line-up is the respectable but hardly fearsome: Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Watson (if fit - if not, anyone except Glenn Maxwell).

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 22:08 GMT)

As an Englishman I'm delighted not to see Hussey (or Ponting, although not the foce he was) playing. Leaves a big hole in the Aussie middle order. Aus have some fine quick bowlers (if they can stay fit) but I'd be worried about the batting.

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 29, 2012, 22:05 GMT)

@Batamian well said mate, its impossible to replace Hussey, he is a true legend. Hopefully now the selectors give Khawaja a proper run this time around and shame David is not a few years younger otherwise we could have included him.hawaja is the type of accumulating scorer that needs to be backed and developed. This has been a long-term problem and he has been getting runs in some tough conditions this year. What a player, have always loved him and hope he keeps close to the australian cricket team.

Posted by sonicattack on (December 29, 2012, 21:01 GMT)

Good article, always admired Mike Hussey as a cricketer ( I am an England fan) but always wanted to see the back of him quickly during the last two ashes series as I thought he was the major threat. I liked the way in which he immediately strode off when given out, generally quite inscrutable, unlike many batsmen. I hope very much that he enjoys his time with his young family, it is such a wonderful experience! Good luck to him!

Posted by char160 on (December 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

He is one of my favorite cricketers. It is always a treat to watch him play, bat, field or bowl. The catch he took in the Melbourne test is a great testimony of his fitness and concentration. Good luck to him. Will miss him.

Posted by mikey76 on (December 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

David Fong. Between 2000-05 Australia had a settled formidable batting line up. The middle order of Ponting, Waugh and Martyn was hard to break into and guys like Lehmann and Hodge were the next in line for places. He was just a victim of Australia's depth in talent at the time. The opposite of the current situation.

Posted by kabe_ag7 on (December 29, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

Man I love how this guy played his cricket. Tough as nails. Great fielder as well. But as gentle a person as Dravid. Mr. Cricket is a deserving epithet.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

The standout Australian cricketer of the last half a dozen years. His work ethic and fitness would put men half his age to shame! Still remember the infectious enthusiasm with which he celebrated his first test century in his second match. But most of all, his passion for the game was always balanced by a sense of bigger picture. What a loss! Go well, mate! Regards from India

Posted by Batmanian on (December 29, 2012, 17:41 GMT)

One difference I feel compared to Ponting's retirement is a lot more of blindsided lack of ideas about how to replace him. In a sense, Clarke had already taken Ponting's mantle as the best batsman in the country, and it was a matter of searching around for the next young Ponting or Clarke (not that we've found him, unless it's Warner). Hussey's role - a sort of low centre of gravity that allowed Australia to counterattack so often, or to pile on the pressure from a good base - we really have no replacement anywhere on the radar. Almost feel like David Hussey should get a couple of years while we look.

That said, I'm hopeful Khawaja can show what he's really capable of on the big stage, and Hughes can keep it up. And Cowan and Warner can keep up their roles. Worth taking Quiney to India (it's an incomplete apologium, but he did get some rude balls against RSA). I'd be inclined to consider Doolan, and Finch. Also Cutting, as a quick who can really bat, as cover for Johnson.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:39 GMT)

Of all the batsmen in International cricket,Hayden,Ponting and Hussey were the most feared from a South African viewpoint.A slow start by Hussey and then suddenly he unleashes the cover drive and is sprinting beteween the wickets on 30 not out.He may not get the full accolades Tendulkar,Lara and Ponting had but he was also a game changing player and fine fielder.A big loss to OZ circket.

Posted by Vikramaditya100 on (December 29, 2012, 17:13 GMT)

Super Cricketer... one who played each format of the game the way it had to be played...knew his game inside out... just the perfect role model for any aspiring cricketer...Mr Cricket...take a bow...all the best for the future...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

Michael Hussey's innings with Glenn McGrath in a Test match still is playing on my mind ever since i knew he has announced his retirement. People did not call anybody "Mr.Cricket". For the record, it's been played since 1800s. Such is his stature, a few of his qualities are evident from this article. Love you, I will miss you.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:24 GMT)

The details of his training sessions are something many young players would do well to follow. One simply can't imagine the new generation, eyes exposed to the lure of 20-over cricket, doing the same. A player whose technique works at first-class and Test cricket can do well in the shorter formats. One whose technique lasts for 20 overs won't truly succeed at the longer format.

With the Ashes in mind, Hussey's retirement puts added pressure on the 'keeper slot and I suspect will mean Big Mitch will be a certainty. Australia will need his runs at 8 if the batsmen and either Wade or Haddin fail.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 29, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Mike Hussey's departure is as timely as one of his match-winning innings. Australia could never be counted out if Hussey was still at the wicket. Now he has announced his exit & like a true champion, he has refused to allow his reputation -- accumulated capital in sporting terms -- to be traded for further international honours, even though he's never even begun to draw on that capital. Dignity, honour, integrity -- call it what you will -- his departure is in keeping with his own immaculate reputation as a high class Test cricketer who never allowed himself to go into decline. The cricketing world wishes him a rich & well deserved retirement from the game. In direct contrast, a certain Indian batsman is well past his prime, has shamelessly drawn on his accumulated capital to the extent that he has precious little left. But that is the difference between a man who knows himself & is master of his own destiny & one who knows little of himself & seems not to know how or when to go.

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (December 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Great guy,great cricketer...love u ..frm India

Posted by Farce-Follower on (December 29, 2012, 14:54 GMT)

Legend...Take a bow, Mr. Cricket. MEK Hussey will be missed more than anyone else, for he was rock and pillar of strength.

Posted by edrich on (December 29, 2012, 14:38 GMT)

A very fine player,a prized wicket. Huge difference between Test average at home and Test average away.Next nine Tests are away which might have threatened career average over 50! A pleasant retirement.

Posted by landl47 on (December 29, 2012, 14:36 GMT)

His retirement was as well thought out as his cricket. He knew that, even though he was playing almost as well as he ever has, that the scales had tipped and his life outside cricket had become more important than carrying on in the game. He would have been the first player selected for the India tour, so he really did go out on top.

Australia's batting now faces a huge challenge. The loss of Hussey's experience and mental toughness, almost as much as his runs, is going to be hard to overcome for a largely unproven lineup. There can be no better tribute to him than to say that without him Australia's chances of winning in India and England have dropped significantly.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

That really sneaked on upon us, but thank you Mr. Hussey for what you have given to the game of cricket. Bravo. Farewell.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:55 GMT)

Good article....It's still very hard for it to sink in...Having followed his career for so long it's very sad to see ur idol, the reason i watch cricket , retire...:(..Such a mindblowing career...I don't how someone could be as hardworking and motivated as Mike hussey...One man single handedly won them that semi final against Pakistan And helped them qualify for the semi final by getting a 50 against pakistan in this year's t20 as well....And all those brilliant ashes series from his superb debut to the 2010 ashes where he was the only batsman to pile on the runs with consistency....So many years of consistency and getting 1000+ runs in a year!!...He was always in the top 10 in ODI's for many years.....what a legend...I'll miss you! World cricket will miss you......A team player, a fair player, a fighter...Mr. Cricket....the best finisher in the game....the man who performs under pressure....It's an achievement to retire when at the peak of ur form....Hope you get a 100 in Sydney!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

I think people often forget that he was, in fact, injured, just before the 2011 World Cup. From memory, he missed the first couple of ODIs in that tournament as he was still doing everything he could to recover from a hamstring injury. What would have taken a regular cricketer several weeks to get over, his dedication and commitment to the cause meant that he was only out for no more than a fortnight. It meant that he could represent his country. That was all Hussey wanted to do after he made his Australian debut. Well done Mr. Cricket on what was a whole-hearted career, in which you gave no less than 100%.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 29, 2012, 13:08 GMT)

Good article by Coverdale, the fact is that we can't cover for Hussey in the ashes but the person most deserving to replace him has to be our current standy by batsman in Khawaja. His inclusion at 4 will allow Watto to bat at 6 and bowl more overs. And unlikes the other 3 top order batsman he is not a opener so can handle spin better. But the fact is that Mike Hussey will be ireplacable.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:01 GMT)

What a remarkable attitude from a remarkable player - I would even classify him as Great, in spite of his shortish career. Due to a late test start, he was outstanding in a powerful batting line-up of other greats, Ponting, Gilchrist, Clark?

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:57 GMT)

my words! He is real champ player in cricket history.... or he is one of the best player in Aussie or cricket history ...... me raely upset why he is retireing to international cricket ........ I love this player also me favrat ... thanks MR.Cricket ur the champ player....... like SIR DON BREADMAN OR SIR VIVAN RICHED OR BRAIN LARA ! MISS U

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Huss was probably the greatest selection blunder in the past 30 years of Australia cricket - they should have selected him when he was 24-25 years old, not 30 years. That decision robbed us of 5 to 6 years of his batter. Well played, Huss. You will be missed.

Posted by kentjones on (December 29, 2012, 12:27 GMT)

Hussey, thanks for your outstanding contribution to all formats of the game. Your ability to mix aggression with tight defence is a marvel. Every up and coming player should use your batting methods as a model to their own game. All the best in your future outsdie of cricket.

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