DateLine: 17th June 2008
As the younger brother of Michael Hussey, David Hussey has similar interests in toying with the opposition bowling and playing hard hitting innings at their expense. He has made much of a name for himself in the English county circuit, but before that piled p a mountain of runs in the Australia too. An aggressive batsman with a strong bottom-hand technique, Hussey hit a breathtaking, breakthrough 212 not out at nearly a run a ball in 2003-04, as Victoria chased a record-breaking 455 for a Pura Cup victory. The summer ended with 857 runs at 61 and was quickly followed by 1208 county runs in 2004. He then arrived in Nottingham and went on to gorge 1231 runs with a high of 232 not out as the county won the Championship. Another solid effort at Nottinghamshire in 2006, he made 1103 runs at 50.13, preceded his state-topping 911 Pura Cup runs at 53.58 in 2006-07, when he scored centuries in three consecutive matches. In 2007-08, he made 1008 runs in the Pura Cup at 56 before he was finally chosen for a tour, the ODI series in the West Indies in 2008, and earned his first Cricket Australia contract. Earlier in the season he made his Twenty20 international debut against India at the MCG and was not required to bat, but picked up a wicket with his handy offspin. Hussey was one of the big surprises in the Indian Premier League auction when Kolkata paid $625,000 to secure him, sums higher than those paid for his brother and Ricky Ponting.