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Michael Hussey

Batting style:
Left Handed bat
Bowling style:
Right-arm medium
Played for:
Australia, Australia A, Canterbury, Durham, Gloucestershire, Northamptonshire, Chennai, Mumbai, Western Australia, Australia Under-19, Perth Scorchers, Sydney Thunder, St Lucia Stars
Roles played:
Ex Skipper-ODI | Batsman
ICC Rank:
Home country:
May 27, 1975, Perth, Western Australia


Holder of the tag ‘Mr. Cricket’, Michael Hussey personifies the ‘never say die attitude’, symbolic of the archetype Australian cricketer. Ironically though, despite scoring tons of runs in the domestic circuit, Hussey had to wait till the age of 28 to make his international debut, thanks to the embarrassing problem of plenty in the Australian line-up through those years. But he grabbed the few opportunities presented to him and carved out a niche for himself on the world cricket stage.

A left-handed batsman, Hussey is in the mould of a Michael Bevan. He generally prefers to play off the back foot and has a tendency to charge down the wicket to spinners. He is predominantly a leg-side player and looks to accumulate runs rather than going for big shots. Despite commendable performances for Western Australia in his early years, Hussey failed to break into the Australian setup, a fact which influenced him to move to English county Northamptonshire in 2001. After three successful seasons there, he moved onto Gloucestershire in 2004 and Durham the following year.

After excelling in the ING Cup in the 2004-05 season, Hussey was awarded a central contract by Cricket Australia. He made his ODI debut against India in 2004. His talent was evident and many argued as to why be a player of such caliber kept waiting in the wings for such a long time. The elusive Test spot, however evaded him. A rib injury to Justin Langer paved the way for Hussey’s Test debut against the West Indies at the Gabba in 2005. After an ordinary first Test, he scored an unbeaten century in his second and has since played few memorable innings in the middle-order. His knock against Pakistan in the 2010 World Twenty20 semi-final is still remembered for its sheer brilliance where he led Australia to an improbable victory.

For any cricketer, the hardest thing to do is to leave the game he loved so much and for Hussey, that moment came in early 2013 when he decided to hang his boots from international cricket.
Since the inception of the Indian T20 League in 2008, Hussey has been a tremendous servant for the Chennai franchise leading them to title win in 2010. The same year, he was instrumental up the order guiding Chennai to a Champions League T20 title as well. Post retirement, his new book courted controversy with comments regarding his Indian T20 League owners Chennai’s involvement in the much-talked about match-fixing allegations. The following year, Chennai did not retain him nor did they bid for him in the auction. Chennai’s loss was Mumbai’s gain who bought the iconic batsman for 5 crores.

Fast Facts

  • Michael Hussey made more than 15,000 runs in first-class cricket before making his Test debut-a record for an uncapped Australian.
  • He was the ICC ODI ‘’Player of the Year’’ in 2006.


  Matches Innings Runs NO Avg. SR 100's 50's HS
Test 79 137 6235 16 51.52 50.13 19 29 195
ODI 185 157 5442 44 48.15 87.16 3 39 109*
T20 38 30 721 11 37.94 136.29 0 4 60*
IPL 59 58 1977 7 38.76 122.64 1 15 116*
CLT20 14 14 445 2 37.08 119.62 0 4 81
  Matches Innings Balls Runs Wickets BBI BBM Avg. Econ. 4w 5w 10w Extras
Test 79 32 588 306 7 1/0 / 43.71 3.12 0 0 0 9
ODI 185 13 240 235 2 1/22 / 117.50 5.87 0 0 0 9
T20 38 1 6 5 0 0/5 / - 5.00 0 0 0 0
  Catches Stumpings Runouts
Test 85 0 3
ODI 105 0 9
T20 20 0 0
IPL 26 0 1
CLT20 5 0 0
  Matches Won Lost Tie No Result Win percentage
ODI 4 0 4 0 0 0


Australia Vs West Indies at Brisbane Cricket Ground (Woolloongabba), Brisbane - Nov 03, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs Sri Lanka at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), Sydney - Jan 03, 2013
Australia Vs India at W.A.C.A. Ground, Perth - Western Australia - Feb 01, 2004
Last played:
Australia Vs Pakistan at Sharjah Cricket Association Stadium, Sharjah - Sep 03, 2012
Australia Vs New Zealand at Eden Park, Auckland - Feb 17, 2005
Last played:
Australia Vs West Indies at R.Premadasa Stadium, Colombo - Oct 05, 2012
Chennai Vs Punjab at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali - Chandigarh - Apr 19, 2008
Last played:
Chennai Vs Mumbai at Eden Gardens, Kolkata - May 24, 2015
Chennai Vs Victoria at St George's Park, Port Elizabeth - Sep 18, 2010
Last played:
Chennai Vs Rajasthan at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur - Oct 04, 2013