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Mike Hussey to quit international cricket after Sydney Test

December 29, 2012 13:50 IST

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 Australian 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.

Mike Hussey"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.

Factbox:

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 averages

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

-

Current as at 29 December 2012.

Photograph: Michael Dodge/Getty Images