The selection of Chris Rogers for the back-to-back Ashes series brought a smile and a nod of approval to many cricket experts and enthusiasts.
Many players across all the Test playing nations have been overlooked across all three formats once they've reached the age of thirty.
Chris Rogers selection off the back of performances in England’s County Championship and Australia’s Sheffield Shield; George Bailey’s selection off the back of great performances in the limited overs formats; Brad Hogg’s fairy tale return at the T20 World Cup last year and Dirk Nannes’s selection on the back of great performances as a T20 freelancer have shown that Australia’s selectors have proactive, progressive thinkers in their selections across all formats.
It shows that they are moving with the changing times in world cricket despite what may be seen as unconventional selections in some countries.
Yet one man, who ticked most of the boxes that the above-mentioned players did, never got his chance at Test level, this man was David Hussey. Now dropped from the
Victoria side in the Sheffield Shield – his chance has most likely gone.
Whilst capped at T20 and ODI level, a Test cap was something Hussey had always
maintained ambitions of achieving.
Hussey resisted the lure of becoming a T20 freelancer, playing first-class cricket in England and Australia as well as a few Australia A and composite XI games.
Unlucky to begin his career during Australia’s golden era in which the Test side went
virtually unbeatable, Hussey’s performances alongside Australia’s slump in recent years should have warranted a Test call-up.
His first class average of 52.90 is higher than most of the players that have represented Australia in recent years – and achieved over a longer career, across several different pitches around the world.
With the over-the-top panic selections used by Australia in the 2010/11 Ashes and
several series after that, Hussey still never warranted a test call-up, yet
youngsters who were given Test caps too early, failed time after time.
Even in the shorter formats, Hussey has been a great performer, contributing with both bat and ball.
A member of Australia’s victorious Champions Trophy side of 2009, a batting average of 32.65 in ODI’s, with 18 wickets is a respectable return for a man batting in the lower middle order and chipping in with the ball.
Part of the Victoria side that dominated the early years of Australia’s T20 circuit, a
member of the Australian side who made the final of the T20 World Cup in 2010.
Often sought-after by IPL sides, a proven performer in the T20 World Cup,
Champions League, International Series and several T20 leagues to boot, Hussey
is the third highest run scorer in T20 cricket with 4965 runs.
David Hussey might be one of the most unfortunate players in cricket, as he surely should have played Test cricket for Australia.
The selection of Chris Rogers might be the catalyst for future veterans to get call-ups to Test cricket off the back of performances across all three formats, especially first class cricket when excelling not just in their homeland, but in the relentless circuit of County cricket.
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