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Hussey is The Don’s deputy

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There is great debate about who is the second greatest batsman of all-time behind Don Bradman.
Some would go for the great Englishmen Walter Hammond, Len Hutton, Jack Hobbs or Ken Barrington, anyone with a can of Red Stripe or Ting in their hand would tell you it's George Headley, Gary Sobers, Viv Richards or Everton Weekes, while Indian fans will proclaim the virtues of Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar and Saffas will tell you that Graeme Pollock or Barry Richards would have become THE man if it hadn't been for politics.
But statistically there is a clear number two - stand up Mr Michael Edward Killeen Hussey.
His 146 in his first Test innings in India means that at the time of writing, his Test average stands at 70.60 with nine centuries and nine fifties in a mere 26 Tests, the closest anyone has ever come to The Don over a prolonged period while his one-day international average of 57.13 from 71 innings is the highest of all-time.
His nickname is Mr Cricket due to his statto-like knowledge of his sport, he lives, drinks and breathes the sport. No doubt even his ablutions are done with effortless class in a corridor of uncertainty.
He has only played 26 Tests as he had to wait until the age of 30 until he made his debut as the Australian selectors pulled the next cab off the rank - Darren Lehmann - definitely a six seater - and then Simon Katich and Martin Love all got their chance ahead of Hussey while young buck Michael Clarke managed to hijack the queue like a French tourist at Waterloo station.
But he stayed patient and, after Katich's mediocre performance in England four years ago, he got his chance. If Hussey had played in that 2005 Ashes series, Australia would have won, and as many of our loyal readers say when they make a subjective statement, THAT IS A FACT!
There is no doubt that if Hussey had been born in Morley, West Yorkshire (like Ernie Wise) rather than Morley, Western Australia then he would have played about 100 Tests by now.
When it came to choosing your fantasy cricket team Hussey was always the first pick as for several years, he was nothing less than a runs slut in the County Championship.
Two triple centuries for Northamptonshire and a glut of runs for Gloucestershire and Durham proved Hussey is not afraid of a bit of practice either. When playing for the second-string national team, Allan Border once jokingly suggested that he get match practice by staying in the nets for a full six hours; to his astonishment, Hussey went on to do just that.
"Superman wears Mike Hussey pyjamas!" once mused Damien Fleming during a one-day international. England should beware.
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FINAL WORD: Who is the second greatest batsman of all-time - Wayne Larkins?


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