Cricket

'Mr Cricket' Hussey to retire

2012-12-29 09:46
Michael Hussey (File)
Sydney - Australian veteran Mike Hussey announced on Saturday he will retire from Test cricket after next week's third and final match against Sri Lanka in Sydney.

The evergreen Hussey, who continues to flourish at 37, just months younger than Ricky Ponting who called it quits earlier this month, said he wanted to spend more time with his four young children, who are all aged under eight.

"The Sydney Test against Sri Lanka will be my last Test match for Australia and I'm going to retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer," he told the Nine Network.

"I was quite excited to tell them (children) that I'm not going to go away and play for Australia any more."

Hussey's retirement will leave a huge hole in Australia's lower batting order ahead of next year's back-to-back Ashes away and home series against England preceded by a tour to India in February-March.

Hussey said the final straw was the realisation that a long Test tour of India no longer excited him.

"The clincher for me was when I started looking ahead to the Indian and Ashes series," Hussey told Australian Associated Press.

"I didn't have the excitement and buzz about facing the challenges of those two tours that I felt like I should have.

"So for me that meant that I was making the right decision. They're two tough tours where you're away from home a long time."

Hussey has scored 19 hundreds in 78 Tests and averages 51.52.

Hussey's recent form has been outstanding and he has been averaging 180.00 after two Tests in the current series against Sri Lanka.

He said any Test match is a stressful experience, but next week's third Sydney Test could be different.

"I feel like I can come into this last Test match with no pressure whatsoever," he said.

"I can just really go out there and enjoy it."

Australia have already clinched the three-match series against Sri Lanka with huge wins in Hobart and Melbourne.

Hussey, who made his Test debut at the late age of 30 in 2005, has become Australia's 12th-leading runscorer with 6183 runs at 51.52.

Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland said Hussey would be a huge loss on and off the field for Australia.

"Michael Hussey has been a vital contributor to many Australian team wins over his very successful Test cricket career," Sutherland said.

"Affectionately known as 'Mr Cricket', he has always been thoroughly committed to meticulous preparation and the highest levels of physical fitness, which have in turn delivered consistent performances in all forms of the game.

"An incredibly reliable player and leader within the Australian cricket team, Michael will retire from Test cricket with a record that puts him amongst the very best Australian batsmen of all time."

Western Australia Cricket Association (WACA) president and former Australian fast bowling great Dennis Lillee said Hussey was an ornament to the game.

"He is the ultimate professional, one who left no stone unturned in being the best in all of the areas that he could possibly be," Lillee said.

"He is a great exponent of all forms of the game, but it is his Test cricket skills that excited me as he could play with his back to the wall and be aggressive - or a combination of both - at the flick of a switch.

"He will go down as one of the all-time greats for WA and Australia."

Read more on:    australia  |  mike hussey  |  cricket
NEXT ON SPORT24X

SL soldier on in Colombo

6 minutes ago

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
14 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Live scoring

 
 
Featured Blog

Dave ask if you would like to meet your local sports heroes and stand the chance to win prizes to the value of over R40 000.

Latest blogs
Vote

Which cricketer is currently of most value to the Proteas' Test team?

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

TV schedule Plan your couch time with our searchable sport TV guide

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

 
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.