Michael Hussey and His International Career-
|Full name||Michael Edward Killeen Hussey|
|Born||27 May 1975 Mount Lawley, Western Australia, Australia(1975-05-27)|
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Bowling style||Right-arm medium|
|Relations||DJ Hussey (brother)|
|Test debut (cap 393)||3 November 2005 v West Indies|
|Last Test||9 October 2010 v India|
|ODI debut (cap 150)||1 February 2004 v India|
|Last ODI||3 July 2010 v England|
|ODI shirt no.||48|
|Domestic team information|
|1994 –||Western Australia|
|2001 – 2003||Northamptonshire|
|2008-10||Chennai Super Kings (IPL)|
|5 wickets in innings||0||0||0||0|
|10 wickets in match||0||0||0||0|
|Source: CricketArchive, 14 October 2010|
Michael Edward Killeen Hussey (born 27 May 1975) is an Australian cricketer, a left-handed specialist batsman. Hussey is also widely known by his nickname Mr Cricket.
Hussey was a relative latecomer to both the one-day international and Test Australian teams, debuting at 28 and 30 years of age in the respective formats, with 15,313 first-class runs before making his Test debut.ODI batsman in the world in 2006. He plays first-class cricket as vice-captain of the Western Warriors in Australia and has played for three counties in England. He also plays in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings, although he opted out of the 2009 season. Until recently, he was the only player in the history of cricket to average over 50 in both International Test and One Day cricket. However, he has had a highly successful international career, being the top-ranked.
Hussey earned a Cricket Australia contract in 2004–05 after excelling in the ING Cup. Statistically, Hussey's international career has been very successful, with his career batting average in tests being 52.16 and in ODIs 51.93 as of June 2010.
He is a very occasional medium pace bowler, bowling only 28 overs in his Test career, 23 of them in 2008. He is brought into the attack usually to give the pace bowlers a rest, although he was once brought on in India to stop Ricky Ponting getting a one-match ban for a slow over rate. On December 28, 2008, Day 3 of the Boxing Day test, he got his first test wicket, Paul Harris caught by Mitchell Johnson. He ended with figures of 1/22. He has taken two wickets in One Day Internationals.
Hussey debuted for the Australian One-day team against India on February 1, 2004 at his home WACA ground in Perth. In this match Hussey made 17* helping Australia win the match by five wickets.
In the third Super Series match on October 9, 2005, Hussey became the first person to hit the roof of the Telstra Dome (the ICC World XI's Makhaya Ntini was the bowler in this case). On February 6, 2006, he tied with Adam Gilchrist, Andrew Symonds and Brett Lee on 22 votes for the Australian One-Day Player of the Year at the annual Allan Border Medal presentation. However, Symonds was ruled ineligible after an alcohol-related indiscretion, and after Lee and Gilchrist were eliminated on countback, Hussey was named the outright winner. Hussey had also come second overall in the Allan Border medal his first year in international cricket. On November 3, 2006, Hussey became the ICC's ODI Player of the Year at the annual ICC Awards in Mumbai. He was also named in its World ODI XI in 2006 and as 12th man in 2007.
Many tip Hussey to be the next ODI and Test captain of Australia and on 18 September 2006, owing to Australia's rotation policy, and in Ricky Ponting's absence, Hussey captained Australia for the first time in the DLF Cup second round match against West Indies at Kuala Lumpur. Australia lost the game by three wickets, but Hussey and Brad Haddin put together a sixth-wicket partnership of 165, a world record for that wicket in all ODIs.
In the 2007 Commonwealth Bank Triangular Series, Australia were in trouble while chasing a target against England, and in a later match New Zealand. Both times Hussey guided the Australians to victory, and on both occasions was the only recognised batsman at the crease at the end of the match.
Hussey led Australia in the Chappell-Hadlee Trophy after selectors rested captain Ricky Ponting and vice-captain Adam Gilchrist. The first match against New Zealand saw a 10-wicket loss, the first time Australia had lost by this margin in their One Day International history, although Hussey top scored with 42 off 96 balls. Hussey's record as captain was further marred when Australia lost the top place in the ODI rankings to South Africa for the first time since they were introduced in 2002 after losing to New Zealand two days later. Hussey top-scored for Australia with an aggressive 105 off 84 before another loss in the final match left him with a captaincy record of four losses from four matches.
In early 2007, Hussey had a major slump in form with an average of only eight in over 10 innings, which scarcely improved in the World Cup where he gained an average of 17.4 with 87 runs. However, this was also due to a lack of opportunities to bat because of Australia's top-order dominance.
In the fourth ODI in the Commonwealth Bank Series played at the MCG on February 10, 2008 against India, Australia's top order and middle order collapsed, which saw Hussey come in at 5/72 with the side in deep trouble. He made a 53-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Brett Lee (which was the highest partnership of the innings) until Lee fell to Pathan. Hussey batted through the rest of the innings, making an unbeaten 65 off 88 being the only Australian to really contribute to the poor total of 159.
In the first ODI of the 2008 Bangladesh ODI series, Hussey top-scored with 85 and received the man-of-the-match award. This coincided with his rise to second in the Reliance Mobile ICC ODI player rankings.
In the first Test of the Warne-Muralidaran Trophy against Sri Lanka, Hussey scored his sixth Test century with a score of 133 runs off 249 balls. He was also part of a record-breaking fourth-wicket partnership with Clarke. Their 245-run partnership is the third-highest partnership for Australia against Sri Lanka in Test matches. In the following match of the Warne-Muralitharan Trophy, Hussey scored his seventh Test century with a score of 132 and following it up in the second innings with 34 not out.
In the summer of 2009/10 Hussey scored his tenth test century. Australia were playing Pakistan and were losing badly when Hussey proved yet again that he was brilliant with the tail end, scoring an unbeaten 134. This innings with Peter Siddle who scored 38 potentially saved the match as Australia went from a terrible position to a reasonable one and ended up winning the match with Michael Hussey named man of the match for his heroic effort.
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15 May 2010 ... Andy Bull: It was the conviction with which Mike Hussey bludgeoned Australia into the World Twenty20 final that was so astonishing.
In the first Test of the Frank Worrell Trophy against the West Indies in 2009 at the Gabba, Hussey took his second Test wicket after Dwayne Bravo hooked a short ball straight to deep backward square leg which was caught comfortably by Ben Hilfenhaus.
Twenty 20 Internationals-
Hussey was part of Australia's 2007 ICC World Twenty20 squad which was knocked out in the semi-finals. He played in all of Australia's matches, scoring 65 runs with a best of 37 before injuring a hamstring, which prevented his participation in Australia's tour of India that followed.
|||145*||20||India||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2008|
|||146||27||India||Bangalore, India||M. Chinnaswamy Stadium||2008|
|||121||42||England||London, England||The Oval||2009|
|||134*||47||Pakistan||Sydney, Australia||Sydney Cricket Ground||2010|
One Day International centuries-
|Mike Hussey's One Day International Centuries.|
|||109*||41||West Indies||Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Kinrara Academy Oval||2006|
|||105||60||New Zealand||Auckland, New Zealand||Eden Park||2007|
In May 2010, he scored 60 runs off 24 balls in the semi-final of the ICC World Twenty20 to help defeat Pakistan and secure a place for Australia in the final. It is considered to be one of the most stunning run chases in Twenty20 cricket.