DateLine: 18th April 2009
As the younger brother of Michael, David Hussey has copied his sibling's talent for ridiculous scoring in the English county competition. Also like Michael, David has been forced to pile up mountains of runs in Australia before gaining the confidence of the national selectors. It took his first thousand-run season in 2007-08 - he made 1008 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 off-spin. Hussey was one of the big surprises in the Indian Premier League auction when Kolkata paid $625,000 to secure him - far more than the sums offered for his brother and Ricky Ponting.