Sri Lanka in Australia, 2012-13 January 23, 2013

Hussey to commentate on Australia matches


Deemed surplus to Australia's limited overs plans this summer by the national selectors, Michael Hussey will instead work at a quartet of matches as a television commentator.

Having revealed his decision to retire from the international game on Channel Nine following the Boxing Day Test, Hussey has been signed by the network to commentate on four matches, the two Twenty20s against Sri Lanka and the final two ODIs of the series against the West Indies.

Hussey's first appearance at Sydney's Olympic Stadium on Australia Day will be juggled with his on-field duties as captain of Western Australia, who will be engaged in a Sheffield Shield fixture against New South Wales in Blacktown from Thursday.

Following his retirement announcement Hussey had said he would like to "try a few things" now that he was no longer tied to the relentless schedule of an international cricketer, and though he is set to continue to play for the Warriors, the Perth Scorchers and Chennai in the IPL, he will now have more time for pursuits such as television.

While initially Hussey had hoped to farewell Australian cricket via the ODIs and T20s against Sri Lanka and the West Indies, he was informed during the Sydney Test that the national selector John Inverarity and his panel had decided not to choose him for the matches, preferring to try players who would be available for the longer term.

"I'm disappointed not to be playing in the one-dayers because that was my plan," Hussey said after his axing. "I love one-day cricket. That's where I got my opportunity to play for Australia, so I definitely wanted to play.

"But I understand what the selectors are trying to do. They're trying to build for the 2015 World Cup and I'll get over it I guess."

The decision to remove Hussey from the squad while also resting Michael Clarke, David Warner and Matthew Wade was considered so sensitive by Cricket Australia that the team performance manager Pat Howard briefed Nine's director of sport Steve Crawley and members of the commentary team about the squad for the Sri Lanka series the day before it was announced.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • j on January 24, 2013, 22:31 GMT

    It's unfortunate that Hussey has retired, he was often the only run scorer in the team on the many occasions Australia were in a mess from losing early wickets. But at least now, he'll have ring-side seats to watch Australia lose A Historic back-to-back Ashes' series!

  • Fazal on January 24, 2013, 12:52 GMT

    Even though we would miss Michael Hussey's prowess on the field with the bat for Australia atleast we should rest assured that we could watch him in the commentary box giving his candid opinion on cricket for channel nine from now on. Though I wish him all the best in his new career I would rather see him still play for Australia. He still had so much to offer and it is a shame that he decided to retire so soon. No doubt it was like a bolt from the blue and never expected it coming.The aussie cricket team as well as the cricket fans of this country are definitely going to miss this great cricketer for years to come

  • Sanat on January 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Mike CA are just bitter, you deserved to be treated better right from the time of your delayed debut. But that is what life is all about Mate. Things happen the way the happen because GOD knows best, at best what we can do is accept it and move on. Which you've been doing ALL ALONG. There are thousands who await to see you play franchise cricket for that is entertainment at it's best, so have fun with your family till such time it's time to wear the various colors you represent.'Personally Í'm waiting for the CSK - Yellow.

  • Andrew on January 24, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Oz have the Champ Trophy coming up in about 6months, & the home W/Cup is looming, we need to check out our options & unless Huss has a massive about face, our future is obviously without him. I fully understand the reasons why he retired, but I wish he did a Punter & start dropping formats first. If he retired from T20s & IPL, he would free up a fair bit of the year for family. Even drop ODIs, (after the Champ League). Anyways he has earned the right to call it quits on his own terms.

  • Dale on January 24, 2013, 6:09 GMT

    Actually, I reckon Hussey could be great at commentary. His nickname comes in part cos of his love for the game, and he seems to be a fairly humble guy so won't see the commentary box as a chance to relive his career as a certain Glenn McGarth seems to do. They need someone with a bit of balance in there - at present their only overseas input some from Mark Nickolas who is the biggest cheer leader of the Aussie team out of all of them. Look forward to hearing Hussey.

  • Mick on January 24, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    To not pick the best possible team for a series is incredibly arrogant and unwise. Batsmen need to be selected on reliability and run rate. Bowlers on economy and wicket taking possibilities. I think any knows M Hussey would make the best team based on his reliability and strike rate.

  • Yohan on January 24, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    I still can't believe that the selectors would drop a person who averages 48 in ODIs just because he is retiring. What message does this send to all future retirees? Obviously that you can't be upfront about your retirement plans. I think it might be time that Inverarity retires..

  • Shakil on January 23, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    I can see why the selection panel decided not to pick Hussey...but out of respect for Mr. Cricket, why not give him the chance to play one last ODI series in front of his home fans against the West Indies?

    Hopefully Hussey becomes a coach someday, he could really help some of Australia's younger batting prospects.

  • mangesh on January 23, 2013, 21:26 GMT

    no doubt he is terrific cricketer but for sure he is retired to play the league cricket

  • Peter on January 23, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    I'd like to hear Mike Hussey's opinions on cricket from the commentary box. As someone universally respected by players and fans, I reckon he'd make a balanced and honest contributor. There's enough one-eyed commentary at Channel 9, and I hope Hussey can follow another recent great, Shane Warne, into actually talking about the game of cricket, and not just see things from the Aussie viewpoint.

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