To the rescue . . . Mike Hussey scored his 11th Test century. Photo: Dallas Kilponen. The Age.
M. E. K. Hussey comes through with a terrific and concentrated 134 not out, remarkably supported for the latter half by Aussie bowler and part time wombatsman Peter Siddle, and taking away what should've been Pakistan's wrap up in the morning session. With two wickets to get the Pakistanis let Hussey and Siddle take their run chase from a straightforward 80 to a more challenging 176, putting Australia back in the game in Sydney at the SCG.
'Mr Cricket' - a nickname given due to his encyclopaedic knowledge of the game - is a Laing favourite after a good game at the pastoral Bellerive Oval in Tasmania where a group of small Hobartian boys hung over the fence soliciting autographs from the hero. One tyke was feeling under pressure: "Hussey! My mum says I've got to go soon..."
One wonders what Yabba a pre-war fixture at the SCG (seen here in a fine example of public sculpture) would've said...
And it's getting better - stunning catches by Hadden, Hussey and a caught, bowled and blooded Hauritz.
Test cricket, there's nothing like it.