Unlucky Hoges up to Tests: Michael Hussey

CONSISTENT: Michael Hogan celebrates a wicket for the Warriors. Picture: Getty ImagesAUSTRALIAN Test legend Michael Hussey believes Newcastle-bred fast bowler Michael Hogan was unlucky to never wear the Baggy Green.

Hogan and Hussey spent four seasons as teammates at Western Australia, before “Mr Cricket” retired from the first-class scene in 2013.

Speaking to the Newcastle Herald this week as part of the Commonwealth Bank’s promotion of its Grants for Grassroots program, Hussey said he had the highest respect for the former Merewether seamer.

Even at 32 last summer, Hogan took 33 wickets at an average of 25 in 10 games for the Warriors as they reached the Sheffield Shield final against NSW.

Throughout his five summers of first-class cricket Hogan has constantly been a wicket-taker.

Hussey said Hogan’s breakthrough probably came too late for his talent to shine in the international arena.

“It is a shame as he’s definitely good enough to play for Australia, but probably timing hasn’t been right for him,” Hussey said.

“He performed so well for Western Australia over a number of years. He was probably the leader of our attack for a few years there.

“He was so consistent, so disciplined and you knew what you were going to get from him day in, day out.

“He is also very well respected around the first-class circuit and I believe he’s doing very well in county cricket, so good luck to him.”

Hussey played the last of his 79 Tests against Sri Lanka in the Sydney New Year’s Test in 2013, finishing his career with 6235 runs at an average of 51.52.

Since then the 39-year-old batsman has continued his career with struggling Big Bash League franchise, the Sydney Thunder.

Hussey will turn out again for the Thunder this summer along with new import, South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis.

Newcastle initially showed interest in forming a BBL franchise when the city-based competition was launched in 2011-12.

Launceston, Geelong and Canberra have also been mooted as possible options if Cricket Australia decides to expand the eight-team competition.

When asked if Newcastle could support a BBL franchise, Hussey said: “I reckon it could, no question.

“I know Cricket Australia are looking to try and expand it even more with the success of last year.

“I’ve actually played some Shield cricket myself in Newcastle and the facilities there are fantastic.

“I think there’s probably enough talent to get another team there, particularly with some overseas players.

“I don’t make those decisions, but I loved it up there.”

Besides the Thunder, Hussey has also moved into the Channel Nine commentary box and is coaching the Cricket Australia’s national performance squad.

The squad is in Darwin playing in a tournament that also features Australia A and the Indian and South Africans second XIs.

The tournament has given Hussey the opportunity to view Tasmanian batsman Alex Doolan at close quarters.

Doolan played three Tests on Australia’s victorious tour of South Africa earlier this year and Hussey believes he could excel this summer on the two-Test tour against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in October and then against India at home.

“He’s had bit of a taste and probably hasn’t cemented his place just yet, but with a couple of good performances he’s someone that would be great to see do well,” he said.

“He looks like a pretty polished player and if he was given a good run I’m hopeful he’d do a good job at it.”

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