Sydney, Dec 29: Australia left-handed batsman Michael Hussey on Saturday, has announced his retirement from Test cricket. He will quit the five-day game after the final Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney, starting on January 3, Cricket Australia (CA) said.
Australia's 393rd Test Cap, 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 WA Warriors and Perth Scorchers. He will review his availability for the Warriors and Scorchers at the end of the 2012-13 season, CA said in a media statement.
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.
The 37-year-old has played 78 Tests for Australia. He has scored 6,183 runs with 19 centuries and 29 fifties (average 50.09). Australia, who have already clinched the three-match series against Sri Lanka 2-0, will play the third and final Test against the visitors at Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG) from January 3.
Hussey made his Test debut in November, 2005, against West Indies in Brisbane. He was one of the most prolific middle-order batsmen for his country.
Hussey is the second Australia batsman in last two months to retire from five-day game. Former captain Ricky Ponting quit the game last month.