Rare insight from cricket legend
Perry chats to Hussey about spin bowling
17 June 2014, 11:21 AM AEST
Former Australia star Mike Hussey knows a thing or two about how to deal with high-quality spin bowling.
Through his 79-Test career, Hussey made a habit of excelling against the likes of Muttiah Muralidaran, Graeme Swann and Saeed Ajmal, and posted four centuries on the spin-friendly decks of the subcontinent.
Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars allrounder Ellyse Perry looked to tap into that wealth of knowledge during a training session at the National Cricket Centre in Brisbane, and approached ‘Mr Cricket’ to talk tactics when facing spin.
With Hussey using a lapel microphone to allow cricket.com.au to listen in, he and Perry discussed specific issues the Southern Star was looking to overcome, as well as ideas around footwork and shot selection.
The allrounder spoke freely, and when she later discovered that she was being recorded, she was only too happy to have the fascinating conversation made public.
The pair also covered the various approaches to slow bowling, the importance of match awareness and what it means to clear your mind when out in the middle during the impromptu masterclass.
Hussey has spent time at the NCC working with the Commonwealth Bank Southern Stars and the National Performance Squad, as the 39-year-old looks to impart his wisdom on the next generation of Australian cricketers.