“Mr. Cricket,” Hussey, to retire

Updated: December 29, 2012

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 was a victim of Australian success, down to the quality of players at their disposal making his Test debut at the age of 30 in 2005 against the West Indies.

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.