Michael Hussey loves having the runs

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‘Give me the runs’, he says. Michael Hussey feasts on dodgy bowling and then he has the runs. At the end of the day, he’s exhausted with it all, but he can still muster a weak smile, because that’s how much he likes having the runs.

He doesn't LOOK like you should be bothered that he's at the creaseYou’ve got to make your own fun when it comes to Mike Hussey. Great batsman – a phenomenon even – but not a hugely interesting person really.

We do like him though. You’ve got to like someone who’s so relentlessly single-minded about the simple matter of scoring runs in every form of cricket. It shows a certain devotion to his craft.

But can he justify that ludicrous Test batting average of his (68.38 at present)? Well, yes he can. He’s scored all those runs and he hasn’t got out much. That’s the way averages work. You can’t really argue that they’re unjustified.

Mike Hussey has played 25 Tests now, which we think is sufficient to form a proper opinion on his worth. He’s scored a hundred against every side he’s played. You keep wanting him to have a bad run, to bring that average down, but he keeps on hitting hundreds. It’s very, VERY impressive.


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  1. He’s a legend. No other test nation in the world would have left his test debut until the age of 30 or so.

    And his brother’s not bad either. Make’s you sick.
    Brazen Husseys that they are.

  2. He’s still statistically aberrant and that is still abhorrent, but we can’t deny the facts.

    It’s complex. We’d settle for still admiring him with a slightly reduced average if it were possible.

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