David Hussey set to notch 100 shield games

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7 Jun 2019

A century of Shield games will be a bittersweet triumph for David Hussey.

The veteran batsman will play his 100th Shield match when Victoria meets Tasmania at Blundstone Arena in Hobart on Saturday. He will also captain the team in Matthew Wade’s absence.

But the milestone also indicates his lack of favour at international level on the Test match front – a barrier he never cracked.

And it was only a year ago when Hussey was surprisingly axed from the Victorian team for the shield match against Tasmania last November, an experience he conceded “wasn’t easy”.

But Hussey was buoyant when talking about his achievement on Thursday.

He recalled the backyard matches of his childhood in Western Australia, played with brother and star player Michael Hussey. And he is proud of his legacy playing for Victoria.

“He (Michael) has played a lot of Test cricket for Australia, and I play a lot of Sheffield Shield for Victoria, so it has worked out well for both of us,” he said at the MCG nets.

“I haven’t had much time to sit back. I’ve been playing cricket non-stop since making my debut, so I still look back fondly to those early days in the backyard with Mike. We still talk about that now.”

Hussey will be the sixth cricketer to reach the 100-game milestone. His predecessors include Brad Hodge (140 matches), Darren Berry (129), Dean Jones (110), Matthew Elliott (103) and Ray Bright (101).

Of that group, the 37-year-old was the oldest when he made his debut for Victoria. And he is, of course, somewhat of a senior in the team – the subject of playful banter with teammates. He has grown accustomed to being told by younger players to “get a rinse” or “get a haircut”, he said.

And when a journalist asked him for a “realistic” estimate of the number of seasons he had left – in a manner mirroring a child begging a parent to end a long car ride – the batsman laughed. And he was frank.

“Not many seasons left to go,” he said.

“There are too many young kids coming through. I’ve always said I would never stand in the way of a young kid who is going to play for Australia. So if that means this year I’ll be forced out, then so be it.

“I still believe there is a spot for an older person on this game just to teach the younger kids how to bat for a longer period of time …  that’s the key.”

He pointed to Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis and Alex Keath in his list of rising stars with potential to play for the country.

“These boys have a big future in the game. Hopefully they will get a few runs for us this week.”   

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