Hussey underpins Victoria defence
Victoria retained the Sheffield Shield for the first time since 1980 with a 457-run demolition of Queensland at the MCG, thanks largely to David Hussey’s second-innings 168.
The Nottinghamshire overseas batsman’s sublime innings from 198 balls left Queensland chasing an improbable 640 for victory in 100 overs, a task that proved well beyond them.
Victoria, who chose to bat first on Wednesday, initially posted 305 all out, due primarily to 96 from wicketkeeper Matthew Wade.
Queensland replied with 257 all out as opener Ryan Broad top-scored with 82.
In Victoria’s second knock, openers Nick Jewell and Rob Quiney added 154 before Hussey shared a 156-run stand with Aaron Finch and a 170-run alliance with Cameron White.
Queensland leg-spinner Cameron Boyce picked up 6-181 in 44 overs as the hosts declared on 591 for eight.
Bryce McGain, the 37-year-old leggie, claimed 4-70 in the final innings to wrap up victory in the 49th over of the last day of five.