Mike Hussey names ‘Best of Enemies’ XI, three Indians in his list
Former Australian batsman Mike Hussey picks his best XI of opponents he has played against in Test format on ‘The Unplayable Podcast’. Hussey played for Australia from 2005-2013. During this time, he experienced much headache playing against these players and terms this XI as ‘Best of Enemies’ XI.
As openers he has picked explosive batsman Virender sehwag and former South African captain Graeme Smith. After the openers he has placed some high class skilled batsman like Brian Lara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat kohli, Jacques Kallis and Kumar Sangakkara. Hussey has picked Tendulkar and Kohli to bat at number 4 and 5.
South Africans Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, English pacer James Anderson and spin wizard Muttiah Muralitharan have been nominated for the bowling attack. Hussey has faced difficulties picking the one between Sangakkara and former India captain MS Dhoni. He confessed that, “I wrestled with this one between Kumar Sangakkara, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers.
“But I think the latter two have got more impact in the shorter formats T20s and ODI. Sangakkara had immense impact in Test cricket,”
Hussey was also asked about what it was like facing bowling legends like Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Brett Lee in the net session. The former middle-order batsman said the sessions were ruthless. “It was brutal. If you can get through your net sessions unscathed you know you can get through anything in Test cricket. That was real strength of the Australian team when I was playing,” he said.
Hussey, was part of a dominant Australian side and the southpaw, believes ‘high-quality training’ was the reason behind the team’s success. “Seeing the current team train now, the high-quality training probably sets up apart from the other countries certainly the West Indies.
“Have seen a couple of their training session and they are much more relaxed. I think that has played an important part in Australia’s success in the past,” 44-year old Hussey said.
Mike Hussey’s ‘The unplayable XI’:
1. Virender Sehwag 2. Graeme Smith 3. Brian Lara 4. Sachin Tendulkar 5. Virat Kohli 6. Jacques Kallis 7. Kumar Sangakkara 8. Dale Steyn 9. Morne Morkel 10. James Anderson 11. Muttiah Mutalitharan