Relieved Hussey confident Australia will fill his shoes

SYDNEY Sun Jan 6, 2013 12:59pm IST

Australia's Mike Hussey (R) waves as he leaves the Sydney Cricket Ground at the end of his last cricket test match January 6, 2013. REUTERS/Tim Wimborne

Australia's Mike Hussey (R) waves as he leaves the Sydney Cricket Ground at the end of his last cricket test match January 6, 2013.

Credit: Reuters/Tim Wimborne

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi, adjusts her flower garlands as she campaigns for her mother during an election meeting at Rae Bareli in Uttar Pradesh April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Pawan Kumar

Election 2014

More than 814 million people — a number larger than the population of Europe — are eligible to vote in the world’s biggest democratic exercise.  Full Coverage 

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Michael Hussey was a relieved man after his test career came to a close on Sunday and confident that Australia had enough talent to fill the gap he has left in the batting line-up with tours of India and England looming ahead.

The 37-year-old had said that the third test against Sri Lanka would be his last before retirement and he was at the non-striker's end when Mitchell Johnson scored the winning run to give Australia a 3-0 series sweep.

"In a way I'm quite relieved that it's over now," he said. "The stress and pressure, I can relax away from it now. I don't have that sick feeling in my stomach before I go out to bat.

"I feel like the pressure is off and I feel very proud to be able to finish in Australia and here at the SCG."

The second experienced Australian batsman to call it a day after Ricky Ponting retired at the end of the 1-0 series defeat to South Africa in early December, Hussey leaves quite a gap in the middle order.

An ever-present in the team since he made his debut at the age of 30 in 2005, Hussey scored 6,235 runs at an average of 51.52 in 79 tests with 19 centuries.

Hussey was certain he would not be missed too much with his brother David - a limited overs international - among those in the frame to replace him.

"I am not worried about the team at all," he said. "History shows that the game always moves on, players come and go but the team will always move forward.

"I am really excited for... the team, because I think there are some brilliant candidates to come in and the emotional one would be Dave to come in.

"He's wanted to do it for a while and that would be amazing. But there are probably half a dozen very good candidates that I think can come in and do a fantastic job."


Hussey's average in eight tests against Sri Lanka was an even more impressive 110.44 but that did not stop captain Mahela Jayawardene from paying tribute to him.

"I've been fortunate enough to play quite a few test matches against Huss and he's been a nemesis for us throughout the last six years," he said.

"If you see his numbers, if he had had a longer career, he probably would have been one of the greats.

"I think he's a fantastic professional and a great, great guy."

That final sentiment would be echoed all over the world of cricket for a man whose enthusiasm for the game earned him the nickname of "Mr Cricket".

Long the leader of Australia's victory song, Hussey said he would pass that duty on to Nathan Lyon because of the spinner was "a man of great character" who "understands and respects the fabric of the baggy green cap".

"There's going to be aspects that I'm going to miss as well," he said.

"Like when I'm out there when the winning runs are hit in a test match, helping Australia win a series, or being in the dressing room with the boys after the game singing the team song. But all good things have to come to an end at some stage."

(Editing by John O'Brien)

Comments (0)
This discussion is now closed. We welcome comments on our articles for a limited period after their publication.

  • Most Popular
  • Most Shared

Remembering Ayrton Senna

Handwritten notes and flags left by fans are pictured near the memorial statue of Brazilian Formula One driver Ayrton Senna at the race track in Imola April 22, 2014. REUTERS/Alessandro Garofal

Senna's simple grave a magnet for fans 20 years on

Ayrton Senna is as discreet in death as he was lively in life. The last resting place of Brazil's most charismatic Formula One champion is marked by a brass plaque on a circular lawn, surrounded by almost identical plaques laid into the ground.There is no headstone and just a handful of flowers in plastic pots.  Full Article 


Urging Optimism

Urging Optimism

Be optimistic about Brazil, says Blatter.  Full Article 

Sturridge Hopeful

Sturridge Hopeful

Sturridge hopeful of returning against Chelsea.  Full Article 

Phelps Sceptical

Phelps Sceptical

'Grandfather' Phelps plays down Rio prospects.  Full Article 

On Trial

On Trial

Formula One boss Ecclestone goes on trial in Germany.  Full Article 

Premier League

Premier League

Preview - Liverpool seek to land knockout blow on Chelsea.  Full Article 

Serie A

Serie A

Roma running out of games in pursuit of relentless Juve.  Full Article 

China Open

China Open

Dyson enjoys happy return to China, shares lead with Quiros.  Full Article 

La Liga

La Liga

No rest for weary Atletico as Valencia trip looms.  Full Article 

Reuters India Mobile

Reuters India Mobile

Get the latest news on the go. Visit Reuters India on your mobile device.  Full Coverage