How I gave Mr Cricket his nickname

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    Australia's Mike Hussey celebrates with Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

    Australia's Mike Hussey celebrates with Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting. AP Photo/Rob Griffith

    It’s been brought to my attention that in both the English and Australian press, my brother — Graham Swann — has credited me with giving Mike Hussey the nickname, Mr Cricket. So I’ll try to shed some light on the matter.

    The Hussey who turned up at Northants in 2001 was a quiet, unassuming, friendly bloke who was desperate to show what he could do.

    Despite a relatively quiet start to his county career, it became obvious fairly quickly that he was extremely enthusiastic about the game.

    And that is a polite way of putting it.

    The first to practice and the last to leave, hitting balls in every spare minute, Hussey certainly gave himself every chance of doing well.

    There was even a rumour going around that his girlfriend Amy – now his wife – used to put balls in the bowling machine for him when he couldn’t find a colleague to assist.

    His enthusiasm, unsurprisingly, drew the odd comment from his team mates and this is where the Mr Cricket probably came from.

    While sitting round during a rain break or after practice, a sarcastic remark concerning Hussey’s love of the game will have been thrown his way.

    The majority will have been less than complimentary, but the Mr Cricket has stuck.

    I can’t remember if it was me who dreamed it up, but I haven’t had any complaints, so I won’t deny it.

    Alec Swann
    Alec Swann

    Alec Swann is a former Northants and Lancashire opener turned cricket writer. Outside of the joys of a Test match, Newcastle United and golf generally occupy his other sporting interests with a soft spot for the Newcastle Knights.

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    The Crowd Says (4)

    • October 1st 2012 @ 5:50am
      Tinashe said | October 1st 2012 @ 5:50am | ! Report

      Mike Hussey iz special…great cricketer!!!

    • December 27th 2012 @ 11:52am
      kazdownunder23 said | December 27th 2012 @ 11:52am | ! Report

      Michael Hussey is a genius with the bat in his hand. Awesome talent.!!!!

    • January 4th 2013 @ 3:38pm
      Jonny Boy Jnr said | January 4th 2013 @ 3:38pm | ! Report

      Sorry Alec – Andrew Symonds gave him that nickname. Nice try though Champ!

    • September 19th 2013 @ 11:17pm
      Charles said | September 19th 2013 @ 11:17pm | ! Report

      Mr.Cricket is the best in the world…..

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