Michael Hussey looking forward to stint as cricket commentator

Michael Hussey says he never liked the tag ‘Mr Cricket’ associated with him © Getty Images

Oct 16, 2013 

Former Australia cricketer Michael Hussey is looking forward to his stint as a commentator and follow the game from the best seat in a cricket stadium, far away from the stress of playing and handling the pressure.

“When Australia is 4/35 and in a lot of trouble I can say … Australia is in a lot of trouble here, I wouldn’t want to be in his shoes. I’m really looking forward to that,” Hussey told 702 ABC Sydney. 

Hussey was given the moniker ‘Mr Cricket’ by former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff, who in a way made fun in the right spirit after the Australian turned up to play an English County cricket match, on a wet and cold day when others wouldn’t have liked to even step out.

Flintoff told Brad Hodge, “‘his guy loves cricket more than anyone I’ve ever seen; he must be Mr Cricket.”

Talking about the moniker, Hussey expressed, “I don’t love it. I think there are a lot more players out there more deserving than me.”

Hussey said like many other cricketers, he too battled with inner demons and negative thoughts throughout his career.

“I felt like I belonged there. But the doubts and negative thoughts come back in very quickly after a couple of low scores,” he said.

Among his most embarrassing moments is the drop catch of South Africa’s Dale Steyn off Nathan Hauritz during the Boxing Day Test in 2008.

“Nathan Hauritz was bowling to Dale Steyn … sky ball … Hussey getting underneath it … he should catch this. It goes into the sun, I can’t get it out of the sun and the ball lands about two feet away from me … right in front of Bay 13 and they didn’t let me forget it,” he said.