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Mike Hussey to retire from Test cricket
By Greg Buckle
19:50 AEST Sat Dec 29 2012

Mike Hussey is quitting international cricket at the end of the summer and says the final straw was the realisation that a long Test tour of India no longer excited him.

The 37-year-old father-of-four is turning his back on next year's Ashes tour and says next week's third Test against Sri Lanka will be his final match in the baggy green.

He'll play out the rest of the summer in national colours in one-dayers and Twenty20 clashes with Sri Lanka and West Indies before going back to state level with Western Australia.

Hussey made the shock announcement to Test captain Michael Clarke and national coach Mickey Arthur before they sprayed beer all over each other at the MCG on Friday night to celebrate taking a 2-0 lead in the three-match series against Sri Lanka.

In 78 Tests, Hussey has scored 6183 runs - the 12th most by an Australian - at an average of 51.52.

The scorer of 19 Test hundreds spent his Saturday contacting Test teammates by phone to tell them of the news before publicly revealing his decision.

Hussey's recent form has been excellent and he's averaging 180.00 after two Tests in the current series against Sri Lanka.

Hussey says he felt at the start of this summer that closing time was rapidly approaching.

"I know I'm making the right decision," Hussey told AAP.

"I'm quite lucky to go out on my terms. Not too many people get to do that.

"The clincher for me was when I started looking ahead to the Indian and Ashes series - I didn't have the excitement and buzz about facing the challenges of those two tours that I felt like I should have.

"So for me that meant that I was making the right decision. They're two tough tours where you're away from home a long time.

"You need to be really a hundred per cent committed to the challenges.

"The last two away trips have been pretty brutal. One was for three-and-a-half months and we found that really tough at both ends.

"The last trip was about two-and-a-half months and we found that extremely tough as well.

"The next one I think I would've been away for seven months of the year, it's just too much. It's not something I really want to do at all."

Hussey said his wife Amy had been amazingly supportive throughout his cricket journey.

He said a fairytale Ashes finale would have been nice.

"But if you don't quite have that heart to want to do it, then I think I'd only be selling myself and the team short," he said.

Dubbed `Mr Cricket', Hussey said he felt he could approach the Sydney Test without any pressure and just enjoy the experience.

His retirement will follow the departure last month of ex-skipper Ricky Ponting, Australia's all-time leading runscorer.