Cricket to do with­out ‘ Mr Cricket’

DNA Sunday (Mumbai) - - BOOKS - — AP

Mel­bourne: Mike Hussey has an­nounced on Satur­day that he will re­tire from Tests af­ter next week’s third match against Sri Lanka in Syd­ney and all in­ter­na­tional cricket at the end of the south­ern sum­mer.

The 37- year- old Hussey has scored 19 cen­turies in 78 Tests and av­er­ages 51.52. Hussey’s re­cent form has been strong and he’s av­er­ag­ing 180.00 af­ter two Tests in the cur­rent se­ries against Sri Lanka with scores of 115*, 31* and 34 in Ho­bart and Mel­bourne.

Hussey, nick­named ‘ Mr Cricket’ be­cause of his ca­reer- long ded­i­ca­tion to the game, said that with four chil­dren un­der eight, it’s time to spend more time at home. “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,” Hussey said. “I was quite ex­cited to tell them ( chil­dren) that I’m not go­ing to go away and play for Aus­tralia any more. They were happy but not as ex­cited as I thought they were go­ing to be. So it was a bit of a shock.”

Hussey, who made his Test de­but at the age of 30, is Aus­tralia’s 12th- lead­ing run- scorer with 6,183 runs at 51.52. His re­tire­ment fol­lows the Test de­par­ture last month of ex- skip­per Ricky Ponting, Aus­tralia’s all­time lead­ing run- scorer. Hussey says any Test match is a stress­ful Full name: Michael Ed­ward Killeen Hussey Born: May 27, 1975 For­mat M I Tests 78 135 ODIs 185 157 T20Is 38 30 ex­pe­ri­ence, but next week 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.”

Cricket Aus­tralia said later in a state­ment that Hussey will play out the re­main­der of the 2012- 13 Aus­tralian sum­mer sea­son, as well as be avail­able for the West­ern Aus­tralia Warriors one- day side and the Twenty20 Perth Scorchers. He will re­view his avail­abil­ity for the Warriors and Scorchers at the end of the 201213 sea­son.

R Hs Ave 6183 195 51.52 5442 109* 48.15 721 60* 37.94 100 19 3 0 50 29 39 4

— Mike Hussey

HUSSEY IN 2012 I was quite ex­cited to tell them ( chil­dren) that I’m not go­ing to go away and play for Aus­tralia any more. They were happy but not as ex­cited as I thought they were go­ing to be. So it was a bit of a shock. Michael Hussey will pad up for one fi­nal time in Tests against Sri Lanka in Syd­ney

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