Michael Hussey retires from Test cricket

Australian batsman Michael Hussey will retire from Test cricket after the final match of the series against Sri Lanka at Sydney starting on 3 January.

Hussey will however play the ODI tri-series involving Australia, West Indies and Sri Lanka which will be his last international assignment.

Hussey made his international debut in front of his home crowd at the WACA Ground in a one-day international against India in 2004. He played his first Test at the age of 30 against the West Indies at the Gabba in November 2005.

He will bow out as the second highest Western Australian run-scorer in Test cricket with 6183 at 51.52, including 19 centuries and 29 50s.

He has also scored 5442 runs in one-day cricket at 48.15, including three tons, and 721 runs at 37.94 in 38 T20 internationals.

WACA President Dennis Lillee said: “Michael Hussey is an ornament to the game. This takes in all areas – the playing side, the training side and as a person.

“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.

“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, and I feel sure that he has more to offer in WA as we attempt to steer our way forward.

“If I was a young player coming into WA cricket I would look no further than the work ethic of this man. It is indeed no wonder he has been called and will continue to be called Mr Cricket.”

WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said: “I would like to congratulate Mike on a wonderful career for Australia and also as a representative of Western Australia.

“He has been an outstanding ambassador for the game both on and off the field and I wish him well for the future.”

Warriors Head Coach Justin Langer said: “I mentioned when I retired that you know when it’s the right time and Huss told me he had the same feeling.

“I’m surprised but I’m thrilled for him. I think it’s a great decision, and I think he has had an extraordinary cricket career for Australia.

“Like Ricky Ponting, he is going to be really tough to replace in all forms of the game. He averages over 50 in Test cricket. I am really proud of his career.”

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