David Hussey, the affable Autralian who first appeared for Nottinghamshire in 2004, will serve his seventh stint at Trent Bridge this season after agreeing to share the overseas slot with his compatriot Adam Voges.
If he’s available, Notts will sign him. That’s been the David Hussey policy at Trent Bridge since the unassuming Australian arrived in 2004 and proceeded to amass 1315 Championship runs in his debut season.
He reached four figures in 2005, 2006 and 2007 by which time his hard hittingOne Day exploits had caught the attention of the Australian selectors.
Hussey was rewarded for his first 1000-run Australian domestic season with a call to face West Indies in the 2008 ODI series and his first Cricket Australia contract. Kolkatta Knight Riders paid $625,000 to secure his services for the inaugural IPL dwarfing the sum offered to Australian captain Ricky Ponting.
His new found IPL commitments contravened a long-standing agreement that he would be available to Notts for the start of the 2008 season relations were quickly restored to pave the way for Trent Bridge stints in 2009 and 2010.
Demands from Victoria, Australia and Kolkatta have forced Notts to draft in alternatives at key times but if Hussey is available, he is and will remain Newell’s number one choice to fill the overseas slot.