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'Cherish it for the rest of my life': Hussey, women's cricket trailblazer join Australian cricket Hall of Fame

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25th December, 2023
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Michael Hussey and Lyn Larsen will be inducted in Australian cricket’s Hall of Fame.

The two are set to become the 62nd and 63rd inductees into the institution established in 1996, Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers’ Association announced on Tuesday.

All inductees must have been retired from international cricket for a minimum of five years to be eligible for selection.

Hussey, a prolific batter for Australia and Western Australia, played 79 Tests, making 6235 runs at 51.52 including 19 centuries and 29 half-centuries, with a top score of 195.

“Michael’s reputation as ‘Mr Cricket’ is a solid indication of the impact he had during his career, managing to defy the typical cricketer’s journey, selected to make his Test debut at age 30,” said Hall of Fame chair Peter King.

“His leadership and commitment to the game, to his teammates, and to all of the Australian fans, consolidated his status as one of the greatest Australian batters we have seen.”

Michael Hussey of Australia celebrates scoring the winning runs

Michael Hussey has been inducted into the Australian cricket Hall of Fame. (Photo by Tom Shaw/Getty Images)

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“I was happy to play just one Test match for Australia growing up,” Hussey told media before the Boxing Day Test.

“So to be in the Hall of Fame, I will truly cherish it for the rest of my life.”

Larsen was a long-term captain of Australia’s Women’s team and an allrounder representing in Test and limited overs cricket between 1984 and 1994.

She played 15 Tests making 410 runs at 41, which included three fifties with a best of 86 and took 26 wickets at 18.73 with best figures of 4-33.

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“Not only was Lyn a tremendous allrounder, her exceptional leadership guided the Australian women’s team throughout a period of enormous success and set a wonderful example for all those who have followed,” Cricket Australia CEO Nick Hockley said.

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