Hussey in CW's “Bat and Ball Inn”... continued
On 28th March 2007 came the first thread of disillusionment with the Hussey phenomenon.
Is the Hussey magic over? … I hope Hussey proves his critics wrong quickly.I felt like putting in my two-penny-worth. Just two posts.[INDENT]Anyone who starts off like Hussey, Smith or Pietersen did is going to face such a situation. Its just the law of averages catching up as it always does. There is nothing wrong with Hussey except that he never was super human.[/INDENT] AND
.....and mortals do have their share of bad form, bad luck and plain bad performance. He is fine and a great prospect ( I mean prospective great). I would love to see him against a couple of quality spinners against a slightly helpful surface. I am not suggesting he will fail. Just that it will show us another aspect of his capabilities. Throughout 2007, Hussey’s ODI average remained at the 57 level. Very good but not enough for the hardcore devotees.
Finally a bombshell. On 12th May 2007
Mike Hussey …….. The opinions were divided. Some disagreed but almost everyone agreed that thie time was right for such a question to be asked. The cricketer in question was still averaging 80 in Tests but his ODI performances of late were disappointing. But his fans were not willing to grant him a spell of bad form. They had far too much at stake. There own credibility ☺
Mike Hussey hasn't scored much runs for a decant amount of games.And the only time when he actually gets a wicket it's a simple run out or a catch.So what's the point in him being in the Australian team?
What's your views about "Mr Cricket"?
Another poll came up with Kallis, and purely on batting – what a fall.
Who would you rather have in your team as a batsman - Hussey or Kallis
Guess what? Kallis won 35 votes to 33 !!
The fans decided to concentrate on his Test record. After all he was continuing to average in the eighties – still phenomenal. So he beat KP in a poll in September 2007 by more than two ito one.
Then in November with his Test figures standing at 1896 runs at 86.2 someone finally asked, nay emphatically stated…
Hussey is the best ever… I was provoked but better sense prevailed. I stayed away from this, the polls that came before and after.
Yes I have to say it. IMO Hussey > Bradman the way things are going right now.
Then someone threw in another. He assumed that Hussey was going to do so much in cricket over the next two years that he would be bored and there would be nothing for him, no incentive to perform as it were. He asked…
Let's say you were Mike Hussey .......
in two years, youve won a couple of Ashes (possibly), played 40 tests, average 65 with umpteen centuries after being "no chance"just a season or two before.
a. continue in the full knowledge that you've passed your peak; or
b. retire as a guaranteed legend of the game who is discussed in the same terms as Pollock, Richards, Barrington, Sobers, etc?
104 replies, none from yours truly.
On the same day (17th Nov 2007) someone asked..
Mike Hussey vs. Ricky Ponting…(Less than 14% voted for Hussey)
Has Hussey taken the mantle of best Australian batsman from Ponting?
Six days later another poll this time against a stodgy batsman like Dravid.
Hussey just got through with 52%.
Now a fan decided that Hussey could not catch up with Bradman so it made strategic sense not to get some of the hostile votrs on his side by lowering the bar. The question came up…
Can Hussey be the 2nd greatest ever?This was received enthusiastically.
Thereafter were listed the stats after stats in the first 20 Tests of Bradman, Headley, Sutcliffe, Hammond, Hussey, Richards, Walters, Worrell, Pietersen, Arthur Morris
He presented a compelling case with his statistics..
Yes Hussey was a comfortable second but that was not all. There were some surprises here like Walters, Worrell and Morris. A look at their career ending figures would have shown that figures can drop dramatically and the first 20 are not a guarantee of what will follow.
I posted one serious post (besides four none serious ones) saying…
He does have a fabulous record but things can and do change dramatically as a career progresses. Lawrence Rowe is a striking example.
After 13 tests and 19 innings (as against Hussey's 18 and 29) he had scored 1266 runs at 70.33 (1896 at 86.2) with 6 centurires (as against 7) and a top score of 302 besides another double hundred.
He scored only 781 runs in another 17 tests without ever scoring another century. He ended with an average of 43.55 for various reasons including health.......A lot can happen. Lets wait and watch - and enjoy his batting in the meanwhile.
Not because of what I said but there was a lull in Hussey-centric posts for six months and then when one came it read…
Mike Hussey - Is he now human? He added : I think so…...to be honest (it) shows how hyperbolic (and idiotic ) some people were on here comparing him with the likes of Lara, Tendulkar, Sobers, Pollack, the two non-related Richards etc. (38% of those who gave a specific (yes/no) answer to the poll, said NO.)
With a Poll : (Can Mike Hussey be now considered to be in a form slump?)
Hussey in his last Test series (West Indies) had averaged 22.8 and in the series before that (India) : 48.7. Not the end of the world as rummaging through the stats of most top batsmen will tell you but Hussey was not in their class. He was NEVER expected to fail.
I did not take part in the poll as with others on Hussey but posted once saying ..
Of course he is human - he always was. In the stats mad cricket world of today, we just assigned the superhuman attributes to him. He never was superhuman. It is not the first time a player has had a fantastic twenty odd games and then come down to normal levels. The same is also true in reverse. There are players who have a poor start to their careers and more than make up later.
Here are examples of those with Hussey like starts. I know the figures are slightly lower but the point is that despite a great start a player can drop 25-30% in average. I have taken a cut off of 20 Tests for the start for I think that is a reasonable number and most eligibility criteria for comparisons use it.
- At end of 22 Tests : 71.7
- Career (124 Tests) : 52.6
- At end of 22 Tests : 63.7
- Career (41 Tests) : 49.5
- At end of 22 Tests : 64.7
- Career (74 Tests) : 48.3
I am sure there are others. The surprise is not that his average has come down to 56 but that some thought he was the next thing after Bradman. Inspite of the high average he was having, he never looked as if he was in a league of his own on the basis of his game. Stats can be very misleading either way but who wants to believe that