Michael Hussey, fondly known as Mr Cricket has been one of the finest talents produced by Australian cricket. The former cricketer represented the national team in 79 Test matches, scoring 6235 runs at an average of 51.52. When it comes to ODI cricket, the 47-year-old played 185 matches, scoring 5442 runs at a strike rate of 87.16. He has a decent record in the shortest format of the game as well, helping Chennai Super Kings win multiple titles in the past. Let’s breeze past three of his finest knocks in international cricket:
3. 195 against England in Brisbane
Ahead of the Ashes 2010, Michael Hussey’s place in the Australia squad was under threat. However, courtesy of a sensational century in the Sheffield Shield, the cricketer managed to seal a spot in the Ricky Ponting-led side and in the very first match of the series at The Gabba, Hussey hit 195 runs off 330 deliveries as Australia posted 481 runs in the first innings. The innings was so special that it revamped Hussey’s Test career.
2. Helping Australia beat Pakistan in 2010 T20 World Cup and securing a final berth
Australia were under tremendous pressure in the 2009 T20 World Cup semi-final as the defending champions Pakistan posted a massive total of 191 runs in the first innings. When it came to the chase, Australia lost a couple of quick wickets but Michael Hussey played a phenomenal knock to help Australia win the match by three wickets. The southpaw smacked 60* runs off 24 deliveries and completely changed the complexion of the game.
1. 145* vs India in Sydney
In the second Test of the 2007-08 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Hussey hit 145* runs off 259 deliveries as the home team managed to beat India by 122 runs. Notably, India were leading by 69 runs after the first innings and thus, Australia needed something special in the second innings and that’s exactly what Hussey delivered as the Ricky Ponting-led side put 401/7d runs in the second innings.