Michael Hussey made a late start to his stint in international cricket but he finished as one of Australia’s finest middle-order batsmen. Equipped with an orthodox technique and a classy range of strokeplay, Hussey punished may bowlers across various conditions.
In addition to his tremendous success in seaming conditions, Hussey was a brilliant player of spin, which explains his dominance in the subcontinent. He has the third-highest Test average (63.05) for visiting batsmen in Asia, behind West Indies legend Gary Sobers and former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming.
Delving into the reasons behind his towering record in Asia, Hussey claimed it was due to his experience in England’s County circuit where he had the opportunity of playing against some great spinners.
“Maybe what helped me so much was County cricket in England. I played for Northamptonshire for three seasons and we had a fantastic spin bowling attack. We had Graeme Swann, Monty Panesar and Jason Brown, who played a couple of ODIs for England. We tried to create turning tracks at Northampton so learning to play against spin in those conditions really helped me adapt to thriving in the subcontinent,” Hussey told Cricingif in an exclusive chat.