Mike Hussey often slips under the radar when the great batsmen are discussed, and I think it's because he goes about his business with minimal fuss, most of the time doing exactly what the team requires at any point in time. Hussey is one of the most technically correct, easy to watch batsmen of the modern era. His cover drive is a thing of beauty, his pull shot is powerful and effective, he can hit out when needed, and his running between wickets and ability to turn the strike over is as good as anyone who has ever played the game. He is also a great team man, with a relaxed demeanour and the right "attitude" towards the game. I'm not an advocate for all sportsmen being labelled "role-models" for young people, but if you were to pick a cricketer from any part of the world, from any era, to be a "role-model" for kids, you'd be hard pressed to find a better choice than Huss.
No batsman to have played for Australia, other than Allan Border, has ever filled me with as much confidence as Hussey. In a dire situation (batting collapse), the sight of Hussey coming out to the wicket gives me significant hope. This is why I like him at number six. His presence is steadying, and he is a big partnership player. Partnerships win matches, along with catches. Recently he has been in significant partnerships with Clarke, and Wade, which have put Australia in strong positions in test matches.
Hussey has now played 75 tests and has an average of 50. In addition to his test career, he is as good a one-day batsman as anyone else in the modern era, perhaps all time.
I could go on and on about Hussey. But really, the question I want to pose is "how will Hussey be remembered?" If you are in to ranking players, where does he sit for Australia, in the modern era, and in history?