Michael Hussey retire from international cricket.Michael Hussey has decided to retire from international cricket at the end of the summer in Australia. The Sydney Test against Sri Lanka, which begins on January 3, will be his 79th and last Test but he will play the limited-overs games against Sri Lanka and West Indies. Hussey will play for Warriors and Perth Scorchers as well and will review his availability for the domestic sides at the end of the season.
Hussey’s sudden announcement came as a shock to the cricketing world, especially as the batsman remained an integral part of Australia’s Test, one-day and Twenty20 squads.
Dubbed ‘Mr Cricket’ by his peers, Hussey has played 78 Test matches, 185 one-day internationals and 38 T20 internationals in his seven-year career, while maintaining high batting averages in all three formats.
Hussey’s last outing in international cricket will be against Sri Lanka in Sydney, starting Thursday, January 3.
“I was excited to tell them [his family] this morning that I am not going to go away and play for Australia anymore. They were happy but not as excited as I thought they were going to be, so it was a small bit of a shock,” Hussey told Channel Nine. “One thing about playing for Australia is, it is always lots of stress and lots of pressure to perform and I feel like I’ll come in to this Check match [Sydney] with no pressure whatsoever, go out there and enjoy it.
Michael Hussey retired from international cricket
“It will be lovely to sit back when it is completed and reminisce over some fantastic memories and some great wins for Australia.”
Hussey’s sudden retirement means Australia have lost of their most experienced batsmen this summer, following Ricky Ponting’s exit after the Perth Check against South Africa. The development will lead to a significant reshaping of Australia’s middle order ahead of a tour to India and back-to-back Ashes.
“Michael has had a fine career – they has been a great player, a great team player and has always been a great person, on and off the field,” CA chairman Wally Edwards said. “To debut as a Check cricket player at 30 and to go on and accomplish what they has completed has been absolutely terrific.”
“An incredibly reliable player and leader within the Australian cricket team, Michael will retire from Check cricket with a record that puts him amongst the best Australian batsmen of all time. Beyond his contributions to team success, they will be recalled for the way they has carried himself on and off the field – and in doing so they has won the respect and admiration of players, officials and fans all around the globe.”
CA chief executive James Sutherland said: “Affectionately known as “Mr Cricket”, they 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.