Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey’s international career commence a bit late but soon after his debut, he established himself as a strong middle-order batsman for Australia in all formats. The Kangaroos haven’t found a worthy successor to Michael Hussey after Hussey decided to hang his boots in 2013.
Recently, in an interview with Fox Sports, Michael expressed that batting at No.5 and 6 is one of the toughest jobs in the game because of the varying conditions the players face while batting at those positions. Hussey, who made his ODI debut at the age of 29 and Test debut at the age of 30, went on to score 5,442 runs in the limited-overs format and 6,235 runs in the longer format, scoring 22 international centuries. Besides, he also scored 721 runs in 38 T20Is.
During the interview, Hussey, “They’re challenging because there are so many different situations in games that you can come out to. You might come in and your team is in trouble and you have to resurrect the innings, you might come in and you’ve got to tee off and may throw your wicket away. You might come in when the ball is reverse swinging and you’ve got to bat with the tail so you have to think your way through it. It can be a really difficult position to bat.”
In ODIs, Hussey used to bat at No. 5 and he has scored 1,544 runs in 46 games at an average of 44 plus with a strike rate of 85.02. He has one century and 12 fifties at that position. At No.6, Hussey has scored 1,942 runs from 74 games at an average of 40.45 and strike rate of 88.23. He has one hundred and 11 half century at that position.
With two premier Australian batsmen in Steve Smith and David Warner serving a year-long ban, the Kangaroos are having a tough time in getting their batting unit to click and were walloped by England 0-5 in their last series.
Talking about the same, Michael said, “I’d be looking for the six best batsmen in Australia. My belief is those guys have had to have dominated Sheffield Shield cricket for a number of seasons – not just half a season, or one season.”