Originally Posted by stephen
Hoggy is one of the most underrated ODI players of all time. He was good with both bat and ball and more important, made the transition away from Warne in ODIs completely seamless. Not many people can do that when replacing one of the top bowlers of all time.
In other news, Hussey has proven once again just what an asset he is to the Australian batting lineup. If we'd picked him in the 2005 Ashes things may have gone differently (seriously, how did we wait until he was 30 YEARS OLD before we picked him?
Lol at Duminy getting two wickets. Can't bat, so might as well bowl.
Easy. For WA:
In an era where you had multiple guys lining up multiple 1000+ seasons and averaging 55+, those numbers were never going to get him in the team ahead of Langer/Taylor/Blewett/Elliott/Slater (without checking, don't think he got past 1000 once in that time). When he'd go and bash around attacks in England and average 60+ but then only score against weak attacks here, made him look like a bully rather than a gun.
Less about statistics but he had very few shots for a long time too. Got bogged down a lot because he'd be looking for balls to smash for 4 in the 3rd man/cover arc so, well, bowlers just didn't give him width. When he was in the midst of the really low patch above, WA threw him down the order in OD's where he simply had to play more shots and be more risky in general. Transformed his game.
tl; dr, he didn't deserve to get picked before '05.