Yeah if the selectors had picked him for the 2005 Ashes tour when he was in an unbelievable run of form at one-day level (think he was averaging over 100 after fifteen matches at that point), then his average in England might be somewhat better (and the Aussies might have won the series...)
It's a shock, but it is refreshing to see a great player (and he is/was that, just short of the pantheon perhaps, but a quality, quality performer) go out so palpably on his own terms instead of having to have the bat metaphorically prised out of his hand by dewey eyed selectors without the balls to do it.
Always leave them wanting more, as someone once said. Barnum, probz?
Kudos Michael; top player and, moreover, a top chap too.
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very poor timing though
he leaves australian batting in a very dire state with big series' ahead.
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Priorities should be the team and himself. Individual legacy a distant third. He said he wasn't looking forward to the Ashes and Indian tour like he normally would so pulled the pin. Not ideal timing for the team but perfectly understandable decision.
Whoa, didn't see this coming. What a player he has been, probably the Aussie wicket I have personally valued most from 06-07 onwards, even allowing for his 2009 flop, because when he gets in against us, my word. In an era where younger cricketers are generally behaving more like footballers and being typically less likeable, Hussey has been a true gent of the sport, comes across as such a top geezer.
All that being said, this is pretty good news from an English POV. Oz got some serious transitioning to do with the batting it seems.
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Now, the ashes series in England will just be a formality really.
Can see Australia getting hammered.
It will all come down to the series in Aus.
Wow. I am shocked. It's a shame he didn't have the desire to help lead Aus through an Ashes tour, as his seniority and experience would be needed then more than ever. Still, I guess if you're not feeling it, you had better go. Interesting the comparison with Ponting. Some may say Hussey's was a more dignified exit. But there's also something admirable about Ponting's unceasing desire to represent Australia. Anyway, kudos to Hussey. A fine career.
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Will be huge loss for AUS.Now they have one genuinely great batsmen in the side and that's about it really.
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