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Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Kerry Packer's blunt Ashes SOS


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He was billed as the man who could have saved the Ashes, and now a new book has revealed how Kerry Packer pushed Cricket Australia to select Mike Hussey for the deciding Test of the 2005 series in England.

With Australia trailing 2-1 in the series that captivated both nations, the cricket community was clambering for Hussey, at the time piling on the runs for Durham in county cricket, to be selected for the final Test at The Oval, despite the fact he had never previously worn the baggy green.

Hussey’s performances for Durham that summer included scores of 253, 146 and 144*, while Damien Martyn had struggled to have an impact on the Ashes with just 168 runs from eight innings.

It resulted in Packer, at the time the head of Nine, calling the then chairman of Cricket Australia, Bob Merriman, demanding Hussey’s selection, even though he wasn’t in the touring squad.

According to a new book – Bradman & Packer: The Deal That Changed Cricket, Packer made his thoughts very clear to Merriman.

"Get that f***ing Hussey in the side, quick," Packer told the chairman.

"Kerry, the selectors will pick the side," Merriman replied.

But Packer’s reply was typically blunt: "They can't pick a bloody club team, Martyn hasn't made a run!"

Although in theory Packer had no influence on selections, Merriman was smart enough to call chief executive James Sutherland.

"Please remind (selection boss) Trevor Hohns that he can pick any Australian, he doesn't have to pick from the 17. Just let him know that," Merriman told Sutherland.

Although no names were mentioned, Sutherland could read between the lines. A short time later he called Merriman back with the news that wouldn’t please Packer.

"Bob, Mike Hussey's on a plane now, we can't get him in."

Hussey told Cricinfo he wasn’t aware of the behind the scenes moves to get him into the side.

"I didn't know that story, so that blows me away really," Hussey said.

Kerry Packer Mike Hussey

"I do remember thinking at the time, there was a bit of speculation in the press, and I remember thinking to myself 'oh gosh'.

“It was obviously one of the greatest series of all time, it had come right down to the wire for the last Test match, I didn't want to be seen as the big saviour to try to help Australia win the series so I was actually quite petrified to be picked to be honest."

Hussey played the first of his 79 Tests just a few months later, scoring a century in only his second match.

He was billed as the man who could have saved the Ashes, and now a new book has revealed how Kerry Packer pushed Cricket Australia to select Mike Hussey for the deciding Test of the 2005 series in England.

With Australia trailing 2-1 in the series that captivated both nations, the cricket community was clambering for Hussey, at the time piling on the runs for Durham in county cricket, to be selected for the final Test at The Oval, despite the fact he had never previously worn the baggy green.

Hussey’s performances for Durham that summer included scores of 253, 146 and 144*, while Damien Martyn had struggled to have an impact on the Ashes with just 168 runs from eight innings.

It resulted in Packer, at the time the head of Nine, calling the then chairman of Cricket Australia, Bob Merriman, demanding Hussey’s selection, even though he wasn’t in the touring squad.

According to a new book – Bradman & Packer: The Deal That Changed Cricket, Packer made his thoughts very clear to Merriman.

"Get that f***ing Hussey in the side, quick," Packer told the chairman.

"Kerry, the selectors will pick the side," Merriman replied.

But Packer’s reply was typically blunt: "They can't pick a bloody club team, Martyn hasn't made a run!"

Although in theory Packer had no influence on selections, Merriman was smart enough to call chief executive James Sutherland.

"Please remind (selection boss) Trevor Hohns that he can pick any Australian, he doesn't have to pick from the 17. Just let him know that," Merriman told Sutherland.

Although no names were mentioned, Sutherland could read between the lines. A short time later he called Merriman back with the news that wouldn’t please Packer.

"Bob, Mike Hussey's on a plane now, we can't get him in."

Hussey told Cricinfo he wasn’t aware of the behind the scenes moves to get him into the side.

"I didn't know that story, so that blows me away really," Hussey said.

Kerry Packer Mike Hussey

"I do remember thinking at the time, there was a bit of speculation in the press, and I remember thinking to myself 'oh gosh'.

“It was obviously one of the greatest series of all time, it had come right down to the wire for the last Test match, I didn't want to be seen as the big saviour to try to help Australia win the series so I was actually quite petrified to be picked to be honest."

Hussey played the first of his 79 Tests just a few months later, scoring a century in only his second match.

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