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'Mr Cricket' Hussey to retire

2012-12-29 09:46

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."

AFP

Comments
  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-12-29 09:58

    the most consistent batsman of the modern era - a real mr cricket - his batting was a stuff of legends to watch - cricket is losing class players - only jacques has to leave and it will be permanent

      Adeeb Saban - 2012-12-29 10:31

      Great cricketer, but a bit too lofty to describe him as the most consistent cricketer of the modern era

  • she.is.here.777 - 2012-12-29 09:58

    Oops who's gonna keep ol Clarke company now? Watson haha.

  • Jacques - 2012-12-29 10:04

    It's been a pleasure, mike! Remember first watching you intently during our 2005/2006 series in Aus, and was an instant admirer. All the best for the future!

  • andrew.d.adams.1 - 2012-12-29 10:08

    What a surprise! Hussey is in incredible form at the moment. Its good to retire on top but I'd have thought that Hussey would at least play the ashes first.

  • dewaldmarais - 2012-12-29 10:12

    That will give England the edge. Bad news for Australia in the long run, a depleated middle order - one simply don't replace players of his quality.

  • kwassie.modo - 2012-12-29 11:12

    A true gentleman of the game. It's always better leaving on your own terms. Hats off to you chap!

  • brian.dureuck - 2012-12-29 11:16

    Ponting retired when he was on a low, same will happen with tendulkar ... Takes away the shine.... Long live the only king of cricket mr kallis

  • Warnell Mathys - 2012-12-29 11:43

    As a SA supporter glad we wont have to face him again. As a cricket supporter, great player and wish Him all of the best.

  • banks.mokhachane - 2012-12-29 12:05

    @ adeeb, certainly a reliable batsman, came to the party in whatever situation aus was in and steered them to their targets most of the time

  • unverifiedcomedian - 2012-12-29 13:56

    Thanks for the memories Mr.Cricket!

  • louis.langenhoven - 2012-12-29 14:08

    pity he only reached the test side at such an "old" age. He started of like there was going to be no stop to him but thankfully (to SA cricket anyway) also managed to go through a few bald spots that got his average closer to the "normal" excellent player.

  • Sabiha Lockhat - 2012-12-29 16:50

    sad to hear my favourite aussie player retiring, hussey always a professional decent guy,unlike pointing and the rest who were shows offs .gud luck mr cricketer

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