Mike Hussey. Photo Reuters
Australia batsman Mike Hussey will retire from
international cricket after the third test against Sri Lanka in
Sydney next week, local media reported today.
The 37-year-old told Australia's Nine Network that he wanted
to spend more time with his family.
Hussey is the second seasoned Australia batsman to retire in
a month after former captain Ricky Ponting called it a day
following the third test match against South Africa in Perth.
Dubbed "Mr Cricket" for his love of the game and meticulous
attention to detail, Hussey has been in top form, scoring
three centuries in his last five tests.
He has 6183 runs at an average of 51.52 from 78 tests and has
also played 185 one-day and 38 Twenty20 internationals.
Already struggling with a raft of injuries to key bowlers,
Australia will need to blood a new batsman in time for the
tour of India in February and March before back-to-back Ashes
series against England in 2013.