Michael Hussey - best ODI batsman in the world?
Do people here think it's fair to call him the best in the world yet?
After today's unbelievable innings, I think it's hard to find comparisons for him any more. Obviously there's some parts of the world he hasn't played in yet and some bowlers he hasn't faced, but I think that, with the possible exception of Bevan, there's not been such a complete batsman in the modern ODI era. He puts a huge price on his wicket and can drag the team out of difficult situations or score on difficult wickets, and he's also among the best in the world in terms of late over acceleration and can hit the first ball of his innings. On top of that, he's close to the best runner between the wickets in world cricket, and his placement of bread and butter singles is unbelievable.
In terms of the obvious comparison to Bevan, I'd be hesitant to call him better because of his hitting ability, for the simple reason that a lot of batsmen in world cricket are hitting the ball better than batsmen of similar skill used to. It's fair to say though that Bevan never possessed the capability to hit the huge sixes off any sort of bowling that Hussey can, for one reason or another. Obviously Bevan's placement abilities for boundary scoring was peerless, though.