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Michal Hussey Advises Babar Azam To Become Best Player

Pakistan right-hand batsman Babar Azam is among one of the best cricketers. He is No.1 batsman in T20I and No.3 batsman in ODI ranking. But still, his name is not taken when talked about elites or best player. Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey opined the reason behind Babar Azam’s less popularity.

The 25-year-old debuted for his national team in 2015. He has played 74 ODIs and 36 T20Is for Pakistan. In 2016, he debuted in the longest format of cricket. In comparison to shorter formats, he is not that much successful in Test cricket. He has played 21 Test matches and scored 1235 runs with an average of 35.28. In the oldest format of cricket, he has only one Test century in his name.

Babar Azam needs to Hit Hundred: Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey advises Babar Azam to hit hundreds in Test cricket as it will bring him in the list of best players like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root.

“If Babar Azam can start hitting some big hundreds in Tests, he can be in that same conversation when we talk about the best players in the world, like Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Kane Williamson and Joe Root. He’s that good, he’s a brilliant player,” Michael Hussey said.

Pakistan vs Australia

Pakistan is currently touring Australia. They already played three-match T20I series. Australia dominated the field and won that T20I series by 2-0. Babar Azam scored a half-century in the second T20I but it went in vain. Australia easily chased down the target in the second and third T20I match. First T20I match was washed out because of rain and there too, Babar scored a half-century.

Babar Azam, T20I captaincy, Pakistan tour of Australia
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Pakistan is scheduled with two-match Test series. Currently, Pakistan is playing the practice match against Australia A. Babar Azam has shown potential in the Test cricket as he scored an unbeaten 157 runs on the first day of the warm-up match.

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Chennai Super Kings Coach Michael Hussey; Ryan Harris Join Australia Coaching Staff For T20Is

Former Australian cricketers Michael Hussey and Ryan Harris have joined Australia’s backroom staff for the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan. Both will be in the role of mentors, working under head coach Justin Langer.

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Since the appointment of Langer, Australia have been taking help of greats to build on Australia’s confidence and the recent appointments is a step in that direction.

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At World Cup 2019, Ricky Ponting was a part of the team while during Ashes, Steve Waugh mentored the team. Incidentally, Australia lost the third Test of the series when Waugh had returned to Australia due to prior commitments. He returned to England after fulfilling his commitments.

Of late, it has been seen that Ponting’s presence in the backroom staff has played big role in opener David Warner’s form.

Hussey, a veteran of T20s, is currently associated with IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings in the capacity of batting coach. the MS Dhoni-led side won the IPL 2018 while it made it to the final of the tournament in IPL 2019.

Mike Hussey, MS Dhoni, IPL 2019
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Hussey, as per a report in Mumbai Mirror, was offered the role to be the head coach of Kings XI Punjab but he denied. Later, Anil Kumble was appointed as team’s Director of Cricket and KXIP also named a new coaching staff.

Harris, who has been coaching since his retirement, has been associated with Kings XI Punjab in past. He was at the helm of affair in IPL 2019 but resigned from his post after the entire coaching staff left following a poor run in the tournament. Harris was the bowling coach of Australia on the tour of South Africa in 2016.

Australia play three T20Is against Sri Lanka on October 27, 30 and November 1. They later take on Pakistan in three games on November 3, 5 and 8. They will also host Azhar Ali and co in two Tests.

Aaron Finch, Australia’s T20 captain, is facing a race against time to be fit for the T20I series as he suffering from back spasms.

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Michael Hussey Selects Three Players For Whom He Will Pay To Watch Live

Michael Hussey, the known batsman in Australian history, revealed some of his favourite in the cricket world. ESPNcricinfo recently asked some questions to the former player who gave some interesting answers.

Hussey has taken retirement from international cricket in 2013. He played 185 ODIs, 79 Test matches and 38 T20Is.

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In the interview, he was asked about a bowler who gave him the sleepless night. He immediately took the name of South African pacer Dale Steyn. He said that Steyn was horrible to face as he has a very good pace and his bowls swing. Hussey got out many times because of him.

Ricky Ponting Over MS Dhoni – Michael Hussey

Hussey has played under the captaincy of both Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni. In IPL, Michael Hussey played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) where the wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is captain. Meanwhile, Ricky Ponting was Australia’s captain during Hussey’s national duty.

When he was asked about the better captain in ODI between Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni, Hussey remarked it as a tough question. He selected Ricky Ponting over MS Dhoni as better captain in ODI.

Further, he was asked about the players whom he will be ready to pay to watch them live- one in each format. Hussey selected AB de Villiers (T20Is), Brian Lara (Test matches) and Michael Bevan (ODIs).

Michael Hussey

Michal Hussey, one of the best player, was inquired that what he wanted to be other than a cricketer. The legend said that he would be a science or maths teacher.

He is nicknamed as Mr Cricket because of his strong knowledge in the field. Hussey would like to give this tag to Steve Smith when asked to select the name of the player for this title.

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Hussey was regular in domestic cricket. He played 273 first-class, 381 List A matches and 161 T20s. His brother David Hussey is also involved in cricket. He played for Austalia and in IPL too.

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Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings’ Batting Coach, Among Shortlisted Candidates For Kings XI Punjab’s Head Coach Job: Report

Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey is one of the shortlisted candidates on the list of Kings XI Punjab, who will finalise their head coach for the upcoming season of the league next year, a report in Mumbai Mirror suggests.

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Andy Flower, Darren Lehmann and George Bailey are three other shortlisted candidates on KXIP’s management list.

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Staring from Hussey, the Australia legend had joined Chennai Super Kings as batting coach prior to the start of IPL 2018.  He continues to hold the role under the leadership of head coach, Stephen Fleming. Should he join KXIP, Hussey will be promoted to the rank of head coach from batting coach.

Though it is unlikely that he will leave his role at CSK. The Chennai-based franchise has the tendency to stick to the coaches for long, unlike KXIP. Fleming has been part of CSK’s set-up since the inception of IPL – as a player and as a coach.

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Flower, another high-profile name on the list, served as England’s head coach for five years. Under him, England touched highs and also saw lows. After England’s abysmal show in Ashes 2013/14, where they lost to Australia 5-0, Flower stepped down from his role.

The former Zimbabwe captain has never coached a team in IPL.

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Lehmann, the former KXIP player, has also been part of their set-up. He held the position of Australia’s head coach for nearly five years. Lehmann’s stint was to come to an end after recently concluded Ashes 2019 but he stepped down last year in wake of the ball-tampering scandal that took place in March 2018 on Australia’s tour of South Africa.

Lehmann has also coached Deccan Charges. They won the second edition of the T20 league in 2009.

The last name on the list is that of Bailey, who captain Australia on his T20I debut (against India in 2012). He hasn’t retired from the game yet and is playing the ongoing Marsh Cup for Tasmania.
He was in the fray to make his Test comeback last year after the ball-tampering scandal but the call didn’t come.

Should Bailey be selected as the head coach of KXIP, he might take a call on his playing career.

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Michael Hussey Chooses Better ODI Captain Between Ricky Ponting And MS Dhoni

Former Australian star cricketer Michael Hussey closely experienced the top cricket captains Ricky Ponting and MS Dhoni. Recently, he has chosen the better ODI captain between Ponting and Dhoni.

Former Australian captain Ricky Ponting and former Indian captain MS Dhoni both were very successful international captains. Ricky Ponting-led Australia won the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 and 2007 as well as ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and 2009. Meanwhile, MS Dhoni-led India won the ICC World T20 2007, ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 and ICC Champions Trophy 2013.

Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting, MS Dhoni
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Apart from those, both captains won many other reputed international trophies.

Out of his 324 international matches as a captain, Ricky Ponting achieved victories in 220 matches. On the other hand, captain MS Dhoni won 178 matches out of the record 332 international matches.

Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting, MS Dhoni
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Michael Hussey played 203 international matches under the captain Ricky Ponting. Meanwhile, the left-handed batsman served MS Dhoni-led IPL team Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from 2008 to 2013 and further in 2015. At present, Michael Hussey is the batting coach of CSK since IPL 2018. Like with the captain Ponting, Hussey also achieved many glorious successes in his cricket career under the captain Dhoni.

I never played in ODIs with MS Dhoni, so I will go with Ricky Ponting – Michael Hussey

Hussey feels that it is the tough call for him to choose the best captain between Ponting and Dhoni. While he never played an ODI under Dhoni’s captaincy, he put Ponting ahead of Dhoni on that comparison.

Michael Hussey, Ricky Ponting, MS Dhoni
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According to the Times Now, Hussey said in an interview, “It’s a tough one, well, I will have to say, Ricky. I never played in ODIs with MS Dhoni, so I will go with Ricky.”

Michael Hussey was one of the successful cricketers in the cricket world. Hussey was one of the members during Australia’s victory in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 and ICC Champions Trophy 2006 and 2009.

On the other hand, as a CSK player, Hussey celebrated to win the IPL 2010 and 2011 and Champions League T20 2010.

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Dale Steyn Was Just Horrible To Face – Michael Hussey

Former Australian talismanic batsman Michael Hussey believes Dale Steyn was just horrible to face during his playing days. Hussey stated that the South African pacer was the toughest bowler he faced in his career. Steyn dominated the red-ball version of the game like a boss and he was deadly with his bowling.

The Proteas fast bowler had great pace under his arsenal and had the skills to move the ball both ways. Dale Steyn is generally right on the money and it was a torture for the batsmen to face him during his heydays.

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Steyn who recently retired from the Test format scalped 439 wickets in 93 Test matches at an average of 22.95. The gun fast bowler is South Africa’s leading wicket-taker but his career was troubled by a shoulder injury in the fag end of his career.

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Dale Steyn has been lethal.

Steyn has 196 wickets and 61 wickets respectively in ODI and T20I format for the Rainbow Nation.

However, Steyn will continue to play in One Day International and T20I format for South Africa. On the other hand, Michael Hussey also had a fine career for Australia. The southpaw batsman scored 6235 runs in 79 Test matches at an average of 51.53. The left-hander also scored 5442 runs in 185 matches at an average of 48.16.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. Getty Images

Michael Hussey said while talking to ESPN Cricinfo when he was asked one bowler who gave him the sleepless night, “Dale Steyn. He was just horrible to face. Good pace, good swing, got me out a few times. So, didn’t enjoy facing him at all”.

Michael Hussey also stated that the South African conditions were the toughest to bat in. Hussey is regarded as one of the most consistent batsmen of his eras and always played the game in the right spirit.

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The left-hander was instrumental in the success of the Australian team and ticked the right boxes in his career.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Michael Hussey Picks Shakib Al Hasan As The Best Player Thus Far

Shakib Al Hasan has been the highlight of Bangladesh’s performance in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. His effort with both bat and ball has earned praise from all quarters, and former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey has rated him as the player of the tournament so far.

Hussey picks Shakib as the best so far

Shakib Al Hasan has been in sublime form in the ongoing ICC World Cup 2019. The top-ranked all-rounder has thus far scored 476 in the six innings of the tournament. Furthermore, he has scalped ten wickets in as many innings, which has earned him praise all over the globe. Bangladesh have played some good cricket in this World Cup and have impressed with their fighting effort.

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Former Australia cricketer turned commentator Michael Hussey has rated Shakib Al Hasan as the best player of the tournament so far. Hussey also admitted that Shakib is solely responsible for Bangladesh occupying the fifth spot and a possible fourth place in the points table.

“He is probably being the player of the tournament so far and I don’t think anyone can dispute that. He has been instrumental in putting Bangladesh in the fifth position and a possible fourth,” said Hussey in the post-match analysis.

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Shakib Al Hasan also became the fastest to 6000 ODI runs and 250 wickets. He also became the first cricketer to scale ten wickets and score 400 runs in one World Cup editions. Michael Hussey feels Shakib will finish as one of the top all-rounders given his number and the greatest to have played for Bangladesh.

“Over the course of his career he has been very underrated but given the numbers, once Shakib finishes his career he going to go down as one of the greats and certainly the greatest player to have played for Bangladesh,” concluded Hussey.

Bangladesh will play their next game against India on July 2 at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

players also learn the tactics of the foreign players as well. In one of those stories, Michael Hussey was questioned regarding his CSK friend MS Dhoni.
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ICC World Cup 2019: There Aren’t Too Many Weakness For MS Dhoni To Share With Australia – Michael Hussey

The Indian Premier League not only take the home advantage of India but also made the other team learn about the style of the Indian players operating things. However, in the meantime, the Indian players also learn the tactics of the foreign players as well. In one of those stories, Michael Hussey was questioned regarding his CSK friend MS Dhoni.

The Australian Hussey and MS Dhoni share a good rapport right from their young days. The duo played together for Chennai Super Kings over the years. Even after the retirement, Michael Hussey joined the coaching panel of the team.

Meanwhile, one of the reporters questioned Michael Hussey whether he would reveal any weakness of MS Dhoni to the Australian camp. However, he was quick to reply saying that there is no chance of him revealing such things.

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Further, he mentioned that there are no such weaknesses for MS Dhoni and also explained that the analysts will already make their plans for MS Dhoni and the remaining players.

“No chance. There aren’t too many weaknesses there anyway,” the former Australia batsman let out a chuckle as he spoke to PTI in an exclusive interview. All the teams do a very thorough analysis of all the players so I am sure that they will have their plans for MSD and all the Indian players.”

MS Dhoni is a great competitor – Michael Hussey

The stylish southpaw showered words of praise on MS Dhoni by saying that MS Dhoni has got the great awareness of the game and so calculative, which makes him the best in the business.

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“Not only does he (Dhoni) play according to the situation of the game but also likes to give himself some time at the start of his innings to get settled. Dhoni likes to take the responsibility of being there at the end to finish off the innings or the game.”

Dhoni will be featuring in his fourth World Cup and his experience will be crucial if India is to go far in the tournament. Although his batting has come under criticism in the last couple of years for slowing down the run rate, he looks in ominous touch for the main event.

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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Is Keen To Play All Matches For CSK – Michael Hussey

Chennai Super Kings will always be close to the heart of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, as he was owned by the crowd of Chennai. In return, MS Dhoni always gave his 100% for the team by helping them to cheer even more with his astounding captaincy and batting. Meanwhile, the batting coach Micheal Hussey speaks on giving a rest for MS Dhoni in the rest of the games.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni recently injured his back but quickly returned back to the game. In absence of him, CSK lost the game in a poor way, which also showed the importance of his presence for CSK. Meanwhile, with CSK already being qualified for Playoffs, will they ask MSD to have a rest, especially, with world cup around?

MS Dhoni loves playing for CSK – Michael Hussey

Speaking of that in the press conference, Michael Hussey quoted that MS Dhoni loves the crowd of Chennai and most probably, he would like to play for the fans despite finding themselves a place in the playoff.

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Further, he went on to add saying that no one never knows what Mahendra Singh Dhoni thinks. Hussey thinks that the skipper would lead the team in remaining matches as well.

“Well, you would have to ask Dhoni that question. I think what I know about him is that he doesn’t want to miss any matches. He loves playing for CSK, this place is very close to his heart and he wants to play and do well and wants to see the team have success.,” Hussey said.

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“So trying to get him to have rest is very difficult,” Hussey told reporters here ahead of Friday’s IPL match against Mumbai Indians. I don’t know what he (Dhoni) wants to do in that respect, but we will have to wait and see. I think he is keen to play all the games.”

Proud of MS Dhoni and Fleming for showing faith on Shane Watson:

Further, he went on to laud the skipper and the head coach Stephen Fleming for showing their trust on Shane Watson, who had a poor run with the bat in the season. Now, Hussey believes that the team got contributors from every department.

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”I was really proud of the way MS (Dhoni) and (Stephen) Fleming showed faith in him (Watson), kept believing in the way he can play and he can win matches for CSK. They stuck with him and that was well rewarded. I think probably before that, we had probably been relying a lot more on MS. We would like to have a team where contributions can come from everywhere in the order.”

Well, as Michael Hussey said, it is tough to predict whether MS Dhoni will take the rest or not. Perhaps, he might play the home games, as the fans would love to see him in the action. It would be good for him and the team if he gets a rest, as he is set to play his final ICC World Cup in 50 overs format of his career.

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Australia vs India 2018/19: Michael Hussey, Michael Clarke Feel Hanuma Vihari ‘Wasn’t Out’

Hanuma Vihari’s out was the only controversial decision on the otherwise dominating day for India at the SCG. Meanwhile, the former World Cup winners, Michael Clarke and Michael Hussey feel Hanuma didn’t edge it. Meanwhile, Nathan Lyon, during the 102nd over of the Indian innings, got the wicket. As the ball went past the bat, the umpire and later the third umpire spotted a spike, costing Vihari his wicket.

Hussey, Clarke disagreed with the call

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Hussey, Clarke disagreed with Hanuma Vihari’s controversial out at the SCG> Image Courtesy: Getty

Though the on-field umpire lifted his finger, confident Hanuma Vihari took the review immediately. As the replays showed a slight edge off the bat, both Clarke and Hussey were still unconvinced. They felt the Snicko didn’t tell the real story, as the bat and ball didn’t meet at any point. However, the on-field decision stayed, and Vihari was adjudged out.

During the mid-break, Michael Hussey expressed his concerns over the decision to Sony Sports.

“Well I think it’s very controversial, to be honest, I didn’t think it was out. I thought there was a gap between the ball and the bat and certainly the movement of the Snicko didn’t marry up when the ball was passing the bat. Where that noise came from, it could be a spike scraping along the ground or it could have been anything. But personally speaking, I don’t think he hit the ball,” 

Furthermore, Clarke too opened up about the same.

“I don’t think that was out. The thing about snicko is it can catch a noise even if your feet ruffles the ground or your hands or feet move along the ground because you look at Hanuma, he went for the review straightaway and even Nathan Lyon was not sure if he had hit the ball,” Clarke said.

“This is what I say about technology. As a commentator and observer of the game, say when there is a catch and it’s reviewed I first look at the reaction of the player and if he is convinced he has taken it clean, I don’t care how much you slow down and see.

“Same thing with the batsman. 90 per cent of the times you know if you have hit the ball and if you go for a review as quickly as Hanuma did, he knows it 99 per cent that he did not hit the ball,”

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India dominates day 2, puts Australia under pressure

Day two in Sydney belonged entirely to the India National Cricket Team. Cheteshwar Pujara began the proceedings on 130 and added 63 more runs before getting out to Lyon. Meanwhile, wicketkeeper-batsman, Rishabh Pant scored his second Test hundred as well. Alongside him, Ravindra Jadeja hit 81 runs before Virat Kohli declared the innings on 622 for seven. At stumps on day two, Australia was 24/0, trailing India by 598 runs.

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