Mike Hussey - Guest Speaker for 2015 Event

Yes, Mr Cricket, the former Australian International Cricketer will be joining us at putt4dough on 24th November. As one of Australia’s most valuable and popular players, Mike Hussey created many memorable moments for his legions of fans. A versatile cricketer Mike started his career as an opener but solidified a middle order position.  Admired and respected for his intense and meticulous approach to the game, Mike’s first opportunity in the Australian Test team came in the 2005 / 2006 series against the West Indies.  Within his first five Test matches Mike played his way to three centuries and has since become the fastest player in world cricket to reach 1000 Test runs.

Far from being an overnight success Mike spent many years developing a formidable first class record. Throughout his career to date he has amassed in excess of 16,500 first class runs for WA and a few English Counties. Mike is one of only three players to score three triple centuries in County cricket history.

Mike made his ODI debut in February 2004 playing in his home state of WA and from there he was elevated to the Australian limited overs team where he quickly became an invaluable player in the Australian team.

An amazing fact that points to the talent Mike has with the bat is that following his ODI debut for Australia he played 29 matches before his average dropped below 100 runs per innings. Upon retirement Mike reached an impressive average of 51.52 runs per innings in Test (highest score of 195), 48.15 runs in ODI (highest score 109) and 37.94 runs in T20I (highest score 60).  He played 79 Tests, 185 One Day Internationals and 38 Twenty20 Internationals.

Mike made a massive impression on the international cricket scene after winning the One Day International Player of the Year at the 2006 Alan Border Medal and One Day International Player of the Year at the ICC Awards in November 2006. Mike is a wonderful representative of international cricket and Australian sport and can only be described as dedicated, humble and absolutely honest with his commitments on and off the field.

Mike has retired from international cricket but continues to play T20 cricket, captaining the Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League. This year he played for the Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League. He lives in Perth, is married and has four young children. He was born in Perth and attended Prendiville Catholic College. After finishing school he won a scholarship to the Australian Cricket Academy.  His tertiary education includes a Bachelor of Education, with a major in chemistry, from Curtin University. Mike is an Executive committee member of the Australian Cricketers Association, the representative voice of past and present first class cricketers in Australia.  He also sits on the board of Venues West WA having completed the Company Directors Course in 2013.

Mike’s corporate sponsorships include Commonwealth Bank, Kookaburra and Nine Network.  Mike is a member of Nine’s cricket commentary team.  He is an ambassador for the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation, WA, and a Starlight Foundation ambassador.