At the end of Michael Hussey’s tenth summer in first-class cricket – at age 30 – he was finally in Australia’s Test team. And almost everything in his first six matches had gone his way: Australia had won two series, and Hussey had already scored three hundreds. For so long his dream had been to play for Australia, but once there, he realised it was only the beginning and that there would be many more milestones to achieve.
Michael Hussey is one of the most popular Australian cricketers to have worn the baggy green. Underneath the Southern Cross details his journey from his childhood to the highs and lows of an extraordinary international cricket career playing alongside many of Australia’s star players. This is the personal account of a man whose hard work was rewarded with accolades at the highest level of international cricket. It will resonate with cricket lovers world-wide.
Michael Hussey made his Test debut against the West Indies in November 2005. In the following 78 Tests he achieved a batting average of 51.52, placing him in the top 6 Australian Test batsmen of all time. And in one-day internationals, his average for Australia is the second highest.
But Michael Hussey’s huge popularity does not rest solely on his playing record. It is also the way he plays the game, with an integrity and sense of values, that endears him to his many fans.