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    Default Mike Hussey to quit international cricket after Sydney Test

    Australian veteran batsman Mike Hussey on Saturday announced that the third Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney will be his last match in international cricket.



    Hussey will play his 79th and final Test in Sydney but noted he will play out the remainder of the 2012-13 Australia n summer, as well as be available for the Western Australia (WA) Warriors and Perth Scorchers. He will review his availability for the Warriors and Scorchers at the end of the 2012-13 season.

    Cricket Australia (CA) chairman Wally Edwards said he had followed Hussey's career with admiration at Wanneroo, Western Australia and, after 10 years of fine state cricket, as an Australian player.
    "Michael has had a fine career - he has been a great player, a great team player and has always been a great person, on and off the field," Edwards said.
    "To debut as a Test cricketer at 30 and to go on and achieve what he has done has been absolutely terrific".
    CA Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said Hussey would be a huge loss on and off the field for Australia, but wished him well in his life after cricket.
    "Michael Hussey has been a vital contributor to many Australian team wins over his very successful Test cricket career.

    "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.
    "Beyond his contributions to team success, he will be remembered for the way he has carried himself on and off the field - and in doing so he has won the respect and admiration of players, officials and fans all around the world.
    "In congratulating him on a great Test career, we wish him well and hope to see him stay close to the game after his playing days are over," Sutherland said.
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    Full Name: Michael Edward Killeen Hussey
    DOB: 27 May 1975, Western Australia
    Batting style: Left-hand bat
    Bowling style: Right-arm medium
    Test debut: Australia v West Indies at Brisbane , 3-6 November 2005

    ODI debut: Australia v India at Perth, 1 February 2004

    T20I debut: New Zealand v Australia at Auckland, 17 February 2005

    Batting and fielding averages



    Mat Inns NO Runs HS Ave BF SR 100 50 4s 6s Ct
    Tests: 78 135 15 6183 195 51.52 12343 50.09 19 29
    683 39 81
    ODIs: 185 157 44 5442 109* 48.15 6243 87.16 3 39 383 80 105
    T20Is: 38 30 11 721 60* 37.94 529 136.29 0 4 58 25 20

    Bowling Avg.


    Mat Inns Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR
    Tests: 78 30 570 299 7 1-0 2-2 42.71 3.14 81.4
    ODIs: 185 13 240 235 2 1-22 1-22 117.50 5.87 120.0
    T20Is: 38 1 6 5 0 - - - 5.00 -


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    Default Australia's 'Mr Cricket' Hussey bows out on a high



    Mike Hussey will play his final Test against Sri Lanka next week and retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer, the veteran batsman said, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.
    The rugged 37-year-old, known affectionately Down Under as 'Mr Cricket' for his all-consuming passion for the game, will sign off at the peak of his powers, having scored three centuries in his past five Tests.
    Hussey, speaking in an interview with Nine Network, said he wanted to bow out on a high and that family life would become his priority.
    "I was actually quite excited to tell (my children) this morning that I'm not going to go away and play for Australia any more," he said.
    "They were happy but not as excited as I thought they were going to be, so it was a bit of shock."




    Shut out from the peerless Australia team that dominated world cricket for over a decade, Hussey had to wait until he was 30 for his Test debut, against West Indies in 2005, by which time he had amassed a mountain of first-class runs.
    Although scoring one and 29 in his first Test in Brisbane, Hussey scored consecutive centuries in his next two matches and went on to score another 17 in his late-blooming career.
    Hussey's career dipped in 2008-09, but he dug himself out of a prolonged form slump with two centuries in Australia's home Ashes series loss in 2010-11 and has continued to dominate bowlers around the world since.
    "I know how low I felt when my head was on the chopping block and I was maybe one innings away from being dropped from the team," the Western Australian said on Saturday.
    "It's not a nice place to be."



    An aggressive left-hander who charges between the wickets and always looks to score, the middle order batsman will play his 79th Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney and brings 6,183 runs at an outstanding average of 51.52 into the match.
    The Perth-born Hussey has also scored over 5,000 runs in One-Day Internationals and will sign off with matches against Sri Lanka and West Indies in January and February.
    The sight of the ever-reliable Hussey walking out to the pitch following a top order collapse has been a comfort to cricket fans Down Under in recent years, with the Test team struggling to rebuild following the retirements of a golden generation of cricketers.
    His shock decision is a major blow ahead of a tour to India and the back-to-back Ashes series in 2013, however, and follows the retirement of another prolific run-scorer in former captain Ricky Ponting, who called it a day after the third Test match against South Africa earlier this month.




    Already battling for cohesion with a brittle top order, Australia will need to anoint a replacement quickly but will be hard pressed to find a batsman of Hussey's pedigree, and with his ability to play spin on India's pitches.
    Hussey said he is looking forward to soaking up his valedictory Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground, a dead rubber after Australia sealed the series 2-0 with their win in the second Test in Melbourne on Friday.
    "It's one thing about playing for Australia, it's always a lot of stress and a lot of pressure to perform," Hussey said.
    "I feel like I'm coming into this last Test match with no pressure at all.
    "It will be nice to sit back when it's all finished and really reminisce over some fantastic memories and some great wins for Australia."







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    Default Michael Hussey ends career in 11th position

    Just-retired veteran Australian batsman Mike Hussey ended his career at 11th in the International Cricket Council`s Test Rankings issued on Monday.

    Hussey last achieved the number-one ranking on the batting table in 2008 and is one of seven from Australia after Don Bradman, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden, Doug Walters, Neil Harvey to break the 900-point barrier.

    Hussey achieved the rare distinction in 2007-08 after the second Test against India in Sydney after scores of 41 and 145 not out.

    Michael Clarke became the seventh from Australia to break the barrier during the series against Sri Lanka.

    Later in 2008, Hussey achieved his career-best rating of 921 following the first Test against West Indies at Kingston. This put him in a joint 17th position along with Harvey in the Reliance ICC Best-Ever Test Championship Ratings.

    Meanwhile, South Africa paceman Vernon Philander has edged closer to the number-one ranked Dale Steyn in the rankings for Test Bowlers after his match-winning spell against New Zealand in the Cape Town Test.

    The latest Test Rankings were released following the conclusion of the Sydney Test in which Australia defeated Sri Lanka by five wickets to sweep the three-Test series. The second and final Test between South Africa and New Zealand will start January 11 in Port Elizabeth.

    Philander ended the Cape Town Test with figures of five for seven and two for 76 to earn the player of the match award. His spells helped him collect 19 ratings points which not only gave him his career-best ratings of 859 but also allowed him to narrow the gap with Steyn to only 17 ratings points.

    The only bowler inside the top 10 to improve his ranking is Sri Lanka`s Rangana Herath, who has now gone up a place to be ranked fourth while bowlers outside the top 10 to make upward movements include New Zealand`s Chris Martin in 16th (up by one), Mitchell Starc in 43rd (up by three) and Trent Boult in 44th (up by three).
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