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Michael Hussey to retire from international cricket

Daniel Brettig

December 29, 2012

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Michael Hussey celebrates his hundred, Australia v Sri Lanka, 1st Test, Hobart, 2nd day, December 15, 2012
Michael Hussey has called time on a career that began when he was 30, in 2005-06 © Getty Images
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Michael Hussey has left the cricket world wondering why he is retiring, rather than why not. In the midst of one of his most productive summers and with his place in the team completely beyond question, Hussey, 37, will end his international career at the conclusion of the Australian summer, meaning the New Year's Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney will be his last.

It was a decision Hussey revealed he had all but made before the season began, and needed only a waning desire for the looming tours of India and England to confirm it. Known universally as "Mr Cricket", this most intense and diligent Australian batsman could not find his usual enthusiasm for the 2013 schedule, and so will exit the game on top. The hole left by Hussey's loss to the Australian batting line-up, fielding circle and dressing room is incalculable.

"I've known for a while that I probably wanted to finish at the end of the Australian summer," Hussey told ESPNcricinfo. "I just wanted to see how I felt throughout he summer and my feelings hadn't really changed. I was looking ahead to the India series and the Ashes and I didn't have the same excitement or buzz about the challenges ahead.

"So I knew I was making the right decision because I knew my heart wasn't 100% in spending that amount of time away from home and being excited about the challenges that are going to come forward. Not very many players get to leave on their own terms, so I'm very fortunate in that respect.

"It's not so much a decision about how I'm playing, I still feel like I'm playing well. But it's more to do with everything else around the game, time away from home, the constant travel, the constant training, the constant pressures and stresses involved with international cricket as well, that eventually they take their toll on you."

There was no question about Hussey shelving Twenty20 or ODI matches to prolong his Test career, and in a way this was fitting, for no batsman in the 21st century has achieved such a revered place in all three formats of the game. Starting with the base of a pure technique fostered by opening the batting for Western Australia before he moved down the order, Hussey's combination of placement, power and matchless running between the wickets made him a man for all situations. He can point proudly to innings as contrasting as his barnstorming 60* to steal a a World Twenty20 semi-final from under Pakistan's noses in 2010, and his commanding 195 against England in the first Test of an Ashes series later that same year.

"I'd say looks can be deceiving," Hussey said. "It's certainly not easy, it's been very tough. And all three formats are very challenging in their own right. I think it just comes down to pride in your own performance really. I'm very proud to be able to represent Australia, and you want to help Australia win games. Thats what the drive was, no matter what format of the game it was, and so I just wanted to approach every game, no matter what format it was, with that attitude. Wanting to win for Australia."

Hussey's sudden retirement means Australia have lost two of their most experienced batsmen this summer, following Ricky Ponting's exit after the Perth Test against South Africa. The development will lead to a significant reshaping of Australia's middle order ahead of a tour to India and back-to-back Ashes. While many will fear for the immediate future of the Australian team without Hussey as the glue in its middle order, Hussey is adamant he will not be one of them.

"I'm not worried about the team at all," he said. "There's plenty of fantastic candidates to come into the team, and I'm sure whoever comes in will do a great job, score plenty of runs and help Australia win more Test matches in the future. It's shown in the history of the game that players come and go but the game continues on, and it'll be no different with me. There'll be a new player come in and represent Australia with the same pride and passion as I have."

That pride was personified in Hussey's role as the singer of the team song after a victory, a role handed down sparingly down the years from its origins with Rod Marsh. Others to have taken the role include Allan Border, David Boon, Ian Healy, Ricky Ponting and Justin Langer - rare company in which Hussey is most certainly not out of place.

"The opportunity to wear the baggy green cap is the proudest thing, and then to prove to myself and the world that I could perform with that cap on, that gives me enormous pride," Hussey said. "Then being able to play with some of the true legends of the game, guys like Warne and McGrath, Ponting, Hayden, Gilchrist etc, that makes me very proud I've been able to play with those guys, and lastly having the honour of leading the team song is something I'm very proud of as well."

CA chief executive James Sutherland said of Hussey: "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."

Having made his ODI debut in February 2004, Hussey was belatedly awarded a Test cap in November 2005, having scored 15,313 runs at first-class level to earn it. He flirted with losing his place in the Test team during a dip in form during 2008 and 2009, but saved his place with a century in the final Ashes Test of that year, and went on to prove a pivotal component in the regeneration of the team under the captaincy of Michael Clarke.

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Posted by Shridharan.S on (January 1, 2013, 3:46 GMT)

Hats off to Michael Hussey on a great cricketing career!

Posted by DalesGuy on (December 31, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

It is a premature retirement surely! Especially when you are in a good nick! I am pretty sure the boss of Super Kings and BCCI is behind this. Australia's loss is CSK's gain and a possible India win in tests! Ha ha!!

Posted by Karthi_2K11 on (December 31, 2012, 20:09 GMT)

PART 2 OF 2: This, and Sutcliffe's batting in tandem with other legends of his time, like Jack Hobbs, and Wally Hammond, (it's a real wonder what a little company at the crease can do), can explain why, his Test batting average (60.73) is marginally better than Hussey's. (51.52) Hussey, in contrast, had Ponting, Martyn, Symonds, Lehmann, & Clarke around him for most of his career. Also, the two have been the most prolific scorers of County Cricket on at least one occasion each. (Sutcliffe in 1932, and Hussey in 2001) Sutcliffe was part of a winning Yorkshire team in their famous 1922-24 hat-trick, while Hussey was there for WA on 2 back-to-back occasions between 1997-99. Although, it is not correct to compare two non-contemporaries at any time, but when you put Hussey's performances into context of a reference point like Sutcliffe, Hussey's prowess at scoring can be appreciated that much more. It also shows that he is really a colossus of the game, going by the startling statistics.

Posted by Karthi_2K11 on (December 31, 2012, 20:06 GMT)

PART 1 OF 2: Michael Hussey is the Herbert Sutcliffe of Australian Cricket, in every way. Not only did their careers shared a similar path (they both started their Test careers at the ripe age of thirty, and they both scored a similar amount of runs before they reached that apex level. (Sutcliffe's 10,849 runs for Yorkshire, as opposed Hussey: 7632 runs for Western Australia (WA), and 6647 runs for Northants, Gloucs, and Durham combined, for a total of 14279 runs) Also, they both ended up with nearly identical first-class averages; Hussey's 52.44 to Sutcliffe's 52.02. And although, Hussey played 24 more tests than Sutcliffe, (they both had an almost identical number of test centuries under their belt; Sutcliffe's 16 to Hussey's 19), Sutcliffe batted in the first to third slots in all but one inning, and Hussey batted 73 of his 78 matches between the no. 4 and no. 7 slots, and only on five occasions did he bat in the upper order, which explains his 15 not outs, as against Sutcliffe's 9.

Posted by whoster on (December 31, 2012, 14:25 GMT)

What Hussey has given to Australia over the past 7 years simply can't be measured. Apart from his stack of runs, he's been the ultimate professional and example to his team mates. He's the type of player who always went about his business without fuss, always showed humility, and was never scared to praise his opponents. As a cricketer, you couldn't wish for a better example to follow. Following on so quickly from Ponting's retirement, the young Aussie batsmen had better step up to the plate very quickly. With such an inexperienced batting line-up travelling to England next summer, their bowlers will have to bowl out of their skins to have any chance of regaining the Ashes.

Posted by   on (December 31, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Mr. Cricket, you will be thoroughly missed, not just by the Aussies, but by the legion of cricket fans worldwide.Loved the several partnerships he crafted with Clarke. Still vividly remember his 60 off 24 against Pak in the World T20 2010 - how chuffed he was, how gutted the Pakis were! Truly, the greatest finisher in the game after Bevan and he was even better because he did it in all 3 formats, after make his debut at age 30.

Posted by ultimatewarrior on (December 31, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Its Australian Cricket Board's fault that M Hussey is retiring a little early by not making M Hussey at least alternate captain after Clarke and Watson.....they had continuously ignored him for the highest post and not giving him enough appreciation even after he was 2nd most successful batsman in recent tours only after Clarke..........

Posted by Greyghost1 on (December 31, 2012, 1:55 GMT)

The talk about selecting Mr Cricket 5 years earlier into the Test side is too full of ifs and maybes. The most shocking selection blunder was not selecting him 5 months earlier- in England for the 2005 Ashes. His form in county cricket at the time was majestic (ave. 76 in 2005) and he had carried that into the preceding ODIs. Then when the Test series started revealing indifferent form for Martyn, Katich, Clarke, Hayden and Ponting, Hussey's presence in the batting lineup at the expense of, say, Katich or Martyn would have made all the difference in such a close fought series. Australia essentially lost the Ashes by the 2 run margin of the 2nd Test but MEK Hussey was averaging 123.3 after his debut Test series played only a few months later. Arguably Australia's greatest selection blunder ever cost us those Ashes.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 18:34 GMT)

Classic players have their own class, they are good in setting new standards during their career and way too good in setting examples on how & when they retire. All the best mate, you are a real class player.

Posted by BDforever on (December 30, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

@IndiaRulesEverybody: That's so funny you don't know any name of BD batsmen but you still know names of Dravid and Laxman. If you can call someone who took 79 matches and 5 years to score his maiden ton as a God you might be someone who calls almost everyone you meet in life as a God or you might still have a hard time to differentiate God and goat.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

is it really 'selfish' to retire when on top of one's game..gauging by the number of shocked and sad posters here one just wonders if this is true.(when i heard this for the first time I burst out with laughter.)we have had 3 retirements and one partial retirement this year..Dravid,Punter and Hussey belong to the latter and Sachin completes the retirees in 2012.Although Dravid and Punter's exit was sad and left the fans with a vacuum they were expected.But Huss.....still remember him fighting hard to retain his place only back in 2009(just 2 seasons back..)the only player who has made fans ask 'why now' instead of 'why not' like The Pidge and Shane...way to go Huss....take a bow..!!!!!and Sachin could you convert your semi retirement to complete retirement..'WHY NOT' of course for sponsors and IPL franchise..ur quest for records is a farce and it seems you will make your exit also a farce...from India...

Posted by first_slip on (December 30, 2012, 14:44 GMT)

you must be joking Micheal, If Australian Selectors picked him correct time i am sure he would have been the best ever cricketer world have ever seen, smartest cricketer i've ever seen, sad to see him go, he could not full fill his potential and promise because of Selectors, same thing happened to his Brother, i still cannot believe how Justin Langer,Micheal Slater were playing for Australia when Hussy was in great form, i am sure Australian Selectors still ruing the fact. good luck Micheal,

Posted by DeekshaSpeaks on (December 30, 2012, 13:40 GMT)

Michael Hussey's like fine wine - gets better with age. Despite its unexpectedness, this decision was mature and unselfish - just like the man himself. Mr. Cricket's never-say-die attitude has saved team Australia from countless embarrassing defeats; now it's hard to imagine them without him, the prospect of an Ashes without him downright depressing. Everything about him - his poise, his grit, his determination, his class - will be missed. Good luck, and goodbye to Michael Hussey - one of my all-time favorite players. (And, just saying, CSK's best opening batsman to date.)

Posted by The_Ashes on (December 30, 2012, 12:19 GMT)

@PKforever:- Obviously a Pakistan fan this article is about Mike Hussey not anyone else and its pretty stupid comparing Hussey who started to his career late to those legends :)

Posted by ozziespirit on (December 30, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

The Ashes look like they'll stay with England for the next few years then, Hussey's retirement is only going to extend their dominance: I can't believe he's gone before the Ashes, it makes no sense. England have outplayed us time and again since 2007 and our batting options are very limited now. I have the up most respect for you Mr Cricket, but Anderson and Swann will be too much for us next year now.

Posted by rtruth90 on (December 30, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Why didnt Australia select him in his 20s, he could rather contributed more. I believe the abundace of quality batsmen around 90s and 2000s (Taylor, Hayden, Langer, Slater, Waugh Brothers, Ponting, Gilchrist, Damien Martyn, Lehmann etc) dosent allow selectors to look into hussey's matter.than what i

Posted by Scube on (December 30, 2012, 8:53 GMT)

Probably the saddest and most unexpected retirement of the year! My favourite Non-Indian player and one of my all time favourite cricketers! An unbelievable achievement to become a legend of the game in a short span of 8 years! An australian cricketer who could really claim to have played the game in its true spirit in every sense!

Hats off Mr. Cricket for a remarkable career, short & sweet! Wishing you an equally eventful life in retirement!

Posted by kasyapm on (December 30, 2012, 8:45 GMT)

One of Australia's best..have been a big fan of Mr.Cricket over the years, always thought of him as one of the players who can hurt our chances if he was still out there..an excellent fielder and a great sport. All the best Huss! - an Indian fan.

Posted by din7 on (December 30, 2012, 7:02 GMT)

oh my god ...i dont believe it! just opened cricinfo and saw hussey retiring..plz dont do that man...and ashes is over for aus..no chance. if it wast possible he shld have retired from odis and 20s but why test and that too when aus need him most..no doubt he's going on high..when some like sachin is playin political games..by retiring from odis when he shld have retired from all ....this is really an example..but yes as all say retire when people ask WHY...though nobody has followed it but hussey does it again...THATS called MR CRICKET..

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

yes u r the true legend of Australian cricket Huss..To have achieved what u have achieved debuing on the age of 30 is absolutely incredible..i just enjoy your batting and the calmness that you brought in the game is superb..Hats off to you Huss..HOpe u willl enjoy the final test in SCG on high.

Posted by WC2011Champs on (December 30, 2012, 6:05 GMT)

Congratulations on achieving so much in so little time! Thanks for the memories!!

Hussey has been excellent bat for Australia and is one among highly popular cricketers world over. it is sad that cricket is losing another classic batsman. It is even sadder that he is leaving with so much cricket left in him. Australia and Clarke would gladly accept any decent contributions from him during the Ashes. He and Sachin are both being somewhat mean and thinking about themselves first rather than the team :) Ponting hung around too long and should have gone at the end of WC11. Sachin's decline started on England and Australia tours. And should have gone after recent home series. Dravid's retirement must be the most timely one. He had an excellent away series in England and called it quits soon after a poor series. That was four poor tests after serving at the highest level for so long.

Posted by EdJoseph on (December 30, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

Michael Clarke is slowly pushing away the players he has issues with, first was Symonds then Simon Katich and now Hussey, Not good for cricket

Posted by realfan on (December 30, 2012, 4:34 GMT)

@Moppa, its a personal thought , he is the Mr. cricket of AUSTRALIA, i will surely agree, if u come to dedication and determination, every team has a Mr. Cricket,

( india- dravid, england- cook, pakistan- wasim akram, Srilanka- muralidharan, west indies- viv richards , south africa- kallis,)

point is, its not only determination , its an allround cricket.

anyway my point is that. individuals hav different thoughts.. i hav no r8 to dissaprove your thoughts, sa as you......

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 4:16 GMT)

Hats off to Mr. Cricket, a rare gentlemen of the game who was surrounded by sledgers for most of his career but had his own inimitable style of playing hard and clean. Best wishes on your retirement, no one can deny, you richly deserve it, and a true legend like you leaving on a high is the best way to leave your mark! Wish there were many more cricketers like him.....

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 4:13 GMT)

Hussey is an admirable Cricketer. In my opinion, he personified the ethics and spirit of Cricket. In the era of Ponting, Clarke he established as the best #6 in Cricket. Never wanted to be promoted, never claimed more that what was due to him, always worked hard, and fielded with passion and grit. I will miss him. I would turn on watching Australia Cricket knowing that Hussey is about to bat. He made the wise decision as his family needs him. I wish him success and would wait for his Son to become a Cricketer.

Posted by ReverseSweepIndia on (December 30, 2012, 4:10 GMT)

There goes another great of my era! With back to back ashes coming up English will be happiest lot. Next tour of Aus is to our shore and as opponent I too is one of the happiest & relieved person. Such a thorn he was for his opponents on the park. On the other side as a avid cricket lover I will miss Hussey more than anything. Like Dravid he too was thorough gentleman off the field. That said, and whatever Aussie claim about their insurgence I think its gonna get real hard for them. Check last 15-20 test matches. On each occasion bar a few they were always 3 down for 50 odd. And it was always Pup and this fighter who bailed them out. Pup is still there, but I think they are not going to get half match of Hussey in near future.

Posted by applethief on (December 30, 2012, 4:06 GMT)

Did not see that coming. A real shame, if Hussey had been given a start on the international scene a little earlier he'd have made the pantheon of all time greats. A real champ, not sure where Australia go without a Hussey in the team

Posted by here2rock on (December 30, 2012, 4:04 GMT)

I wonder if the coming IPL auction and season had anything to do with his decision. IPL is much more appealing to players in the twilight of their careers. Not tied to the Australian side means the full season of IPL and huge salaries. You can not blame players thinking about the financial rewards of IPL. I wish him well for the retirement.

Posted by IndiaRulesEverybody on (December 30, 2012, 4:01 GMT)

@BDforever: Yes, comparing Dravid, Laxman to Ponting and Hussey is like comparing Ponting and Hussey to BD batsman(sorry I don't know any names of any BD "great" batsman so please fill in any name you like there! :))). And yes, I left out Tendulkar from the list on purpose. You don't compare God to anybody! :)))

Posted by Dismayed on (December 30, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

Well done. David Hussey should come in as a straight swap for brother Mike. Time for selectors to stop the games and play the best players, S.Smith and S.O'keefe should both be picked before Maxwell. Several fast medium options around for Watson.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:52 GMT)

what a wonderful cricketer.. very correctly and fondly called Mr Cricket!! Cricketers should retire when ppl ask why rather than when... hats off huss...@ Sachin Tendulkar: Please don't follow in huss footsteps this is evil according to u..:P

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:49 GMT)

I do not thing this is wise decision by Hussey for the team. He has to be there at least One more year to assist Clarke with his class and experience. The clarke's job will be more challenging now.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:47 GMT)

One of the finest cricketers that Australia produced Highly reliable like Rahul Dravid. I love watching him playing.Fantastic fielder.Very humble in his remarks about calling a day. i wish him well

Posted by pat_one_back on (December 30, 2012, 3:34 GMT)

A huge loss to test cricket and Aust's 2013 fortunes most likely. What a great pleasure he's been to watch. Aust were NEVER in trouble until Hussey was out, guess this means Aust are now in serious trouble!

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:11 GMT)

Just cant help posting a comment about the quality and attitude of posters here.On one hand we have the likes of landl47 who are excellent readers of the game and post quality comments.The latest about Hussey adds on to his impressive list.And hes from England.And we have the likes of BD forever who seem to post regressive and counter productive posts.Needless to say their knowledge about the game is next to nothing.why the heck should he bring up Sachin,Dravid and Laxman here.If hes from Bangladesh can he mention ONE cricketer who is worthy of any comment.Fans should realize that game of cricket supersedes everything else and although we should support our national sides when we see quality players/performance in the opposition we should appreciate and enjoy their game as well.I am from Indiaand NOT a sachin fanatic.When he announced his ODi retirement i had posted that this was overdue and he should have left test cricket as well nadits the general feeling among supprters here.Unfo

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:07 GMT)

Great player and seems like a very down to earth, genuine bloke. The Aussie selectors must be cursing the timing of his retirement though, much better for them if he'd seen out the back to back Ashes series first. Makes England retaining the Ashes a lot more likely in both series. Hope he goes out on a high at Sydney.

Posted by   on (December 30, 2012, 3:00 GMT)

@Beertjie--I was actually commenting about how bad Hussey's departure is for Aus but since you have asked a question I think I would give an answer.The players you mentioned have almost NO chance of playing together in ANY test match.And you dont mention the likes of Cook,Trott,KP,prior etc who actually DO the job for England.Bairstow/Compton are all replacements when someone gets injured.Sure one or two may play in case of an injury but Hussey's name would have definitely strengthened Aus prospects.And please dont have much hope on Warner.. and I am from India..this is just an unbiased view..test batting in England needs solid defense which he does not have and i just cant understand why the likes of Invers fail to see this..

Posted by Mitch069 on (December 30, 2012, 1:46 GMT)

@Mikey76 and DylanBrah there are no bigger shoes to fill then Hussey's, none of the younger batrsman come close but Khawaja deserves to get the chance as he would have been a close second for Punter's spot as well. So unexpected, Hussey you are a great cricketer and will be remembered for a long time! Onya Mr Cricket!!!!

Posted by mikey76 on (December 30, 2012, 1:31 GMT)

F-F_L. That's a slightly one eyed view on things. Ponting was mr temper tantrum, with MItchell Johnson a close second. Yes Hussey was a fine ambassador to the game but so is Cook or Prior or Trott. These guys all get on with the game with minimal fuss. Eng have a few characters who are more in your face such as KP, Swann and Broad but that makes for a good team. Jonesy2 you are slightly over the top in your assessment as usual, he was a world class player amongst a dozen or so other WC players of this era, I certainly wouldn't rate him ahead of Pietersen or Amla or Clarke to name a few.

Posted by Attractivue on (December 30, 2012, 1:03 GMT)

Thanks for the memories Hussey. I will always have respect for players like Hussey and Gilly and Imran Khan who left cricket when they were performing. Who would have thought that Hussey after scoring 4 tons in the last 6 games would retire, but he did! A true gentleman!

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 30, 2012, 0:24 GMT)

Now let me think does the best cricket brain in the game know that Aussie cricket is in fantastic shape and now is the perfect time to retire, or is mister dependable who is in fantastic form juming ship as the trolls have suggested. enjoy your retirement Mister cricket and enjoy the ashes victory that your Mates are about to enjoy.

Posted by othello22 on (December 30, 2012, 0:06 GMT)

Erm... Not good. This whole thing is incredibly un-Hussey like - While everyone is going on about how great it is that he's gone out on top, he has left Australia in a lurch here, bailing right before two of the most important tours on the calendar. Australia has been working towards 2013 and the back to back Ashes for a while now, and Mr Cricket is abandoning ship at the worst possible moment. If it was ever in his mind he should have done it prior to the Australian summer, at least Usman or whoever takes his spot would have a chance to get settled before India and England. Hats of to Huss for a great career but this does not seem right coming from a guy who is supposedly the ultimate team man.

Posted by righthandbat on (December 30, 2012, 0:03 GMT)

Great timing (although he was lucky to still be playing after his previous form slumps). Clearly at nearly 38 he looked at the fixtures and thought "I have to get through both India and England series away from home before the Ashes back here, when I'm nearly 39". It wasn't going to be worth potentially having two poor series, injuries and so on and not even play in the home Ashes for the farewell.

With any luck, he'll score at least one big century, push the average up to 52, leave with 20 tons and really be considered a playerthat has given so much to the team. An excellent example of why picking older players isn't a bad thing (although I think he was picked too late).

This is a great chance to start the operation: "Australia squad". Get more players rotated in batting/bowling. For the SCG, it'd be nice to replace Watto with Butterworth, Hughes with Bailey and bring in Khawaja, with Clarke @ 3. Cowan, Warner, Clarke, Khawaja, Bailey, Wade, Butterworth, Johnson, Starc, Lyon, Bird

Posted by Marcio on (December 29, 2012, 23:59 GMT)

@Millhouse79, I wonder if you have ever considered what damage the likes of you and @Front-Foot-Lunge, @RednWhiteArmy, @Snick to Backward Point etc. are doing to the image of your fellow countrymen? By all means share your love for the game, but we can all see clearly that your intent here is anything but that.

Posted by saintsinister on (December 29, 2012, 23:39 GMT)

Respect, respect and nothing but respect from a Pakistani Fan. He has been an ideal cricketer and an amazing sportsman.. Rock on Mike..

Posted by dalboy12 on (December 29, 2012, 23:18 GMT)

Well that came from no-where, but they are away from home so much now the cricketers, and cos Aussie is so big they are away a lot even during home series. Could join the Aussie cheerleaders (opps I mean commentators) team, his genuine love of all cricket, I reckon he could be really good and actually give the team one balanced member. Though Brett Lee is pretty good - McGrath is terrible, and their only overseas person Nicholas is the worst one-eyed Aussie out of all of them. Anyway a great career by Hussey, although I always thought he was one of the luckiest players around in terms of the amount of time he was dropped or given bad decisions - but hey that is not his fault. Always liked his attacking intent, he will be hugely missed by the Aussie team.

Posted by Marcio on (December 29, 2012, 23:17 GMT)

@Millhouse79 "One of the few Aussie cricketers without a huge chip on the shoulder. " Oh, for the irony of it all. Even you can see it, I'm sure. It's a pity that at a time when people are expressing good will to great and generous spirits like Tony Greig and Mike Hussey (who respect/ed people of all walks of life regardless of nationa and culture) , you cannot rise above your (shall we say) "issues". Give it a rest, just this one time.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 23:16 GMT)

Hussey is one the strong batter who adds value to the aussie team...since Sachin is retiring Hussey will not be in front...you can compare Sachin any Cricketer..but still Hussey has his own style of batting and kept any bowlers focused while he was on track....Aussies lose another Beven...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 23:08 GMT)

We were at the receiving end of his genius in the T-20 World Cup Semi final and a few other times. But he is in the list of my all time favorite cricketers and the list is not that long. Record and statistics don't lie. But they don't tell the whole story either. Hussey delivered for the team when it mattered and very few cricketers can match his versatility. Add to that the way he conducted himself in the field and it is very very difficult to not like him.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 22:59 GMT)

It is also that because Huss is so self-effacing and modest, it is slightly teasing in a fun way, to call him Mr Cricket.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 22:57 GMT)

@numbers, it's not only for his love and deep knowledge of the game that he is called Mr Cricket but in the nickname is a very subtle and very Australian connotation of respect by his peers. The subtlety is that the nickname Mr Cricket could so easily, while being true, still have a slightly, ever so slightly, connotation of sarcasm, but it is crystal clear that there is none in this case. It's very Aussie, very larrikan, and has a lot of love wrapped up in it. Tip of the lynch lid to Mr Cricket.

Posted by Mudassarali1990 on (December 29, 2012, 22:56 GMT)

HATS OFF to Mr Cricket ... what a player he is/was, the master of all formats of Cricket,quickest between the wickets, Lion in pressure situations;. How can i forget the day when I was praying for Pakistan's victory but a Hero from OZ's came and snatched that victory away from Pakistan, Ruthless hitting to Ajmal, what a man he was. Cricket will truly miss such players. How can one ignores the dignity he carried with him throughout his career. One of the legends from Australia. Unlike tendulakar he showed excellency by announcing retirement at the peak of his cricket, which surely has increased his respect among the lovers of cricket. I wish you best of luck hussey for your coming life with your family. Thanks for the entertainment you provided us for almost 7 years. Hussey the great. Little master of cricket.

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 29, 2012, 22:50 GMT)

I think its funny that the poms think this is in there ashes favour, a proud aussie with still more talent than any English batsmen he knows now is the time, Aussie cricket is good enough, enjoy your retirement and enjoy those ashes victories Mr cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 22:36 GMT)

I see this as an opportunity for Watson and M Johnson to step up as batting all-rounders in positions 5 and 6. Most great batting squads in the past featured their best batsmen in the #3 and 4 spots. Clarke should accordingly step up to #4. My best Ozzie squad for the nest year would be: 1 Warner, 2 Cowan, 3 Hughes, 4 Clarke, 5 Watson, 6 Johnson, 7 Wade, 8 Starc, 9 Cummins, 10 Bird, 11 "for God's sake find a spinner!".

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 22:31 GMT)

well well thanks to IPL, BBL and all other leagues, more and more players are retiring from international cricket. i may be wrong but................

Posted by Moppa on (December 29, 2012, 22:24 GMT)

@28041991, Mike Hussey is called Mr Cricket because of his dedication to and love of the game (as well as his excellence as a player). I find it a bit small-minded that on an article about his retirement you would question his right to carry this informal but respectful title. If you doubt my views, read most of the comments below, and particularly @landl47's - excellently said. Personally I was shocked by his retirement and had an immediate feeling of sadness about an Australian team without Mike Hussey. I had hoped that he might retire in a year's time after regaining the Ashes, but we must respect his personal reasons for retirement and believe that he didn't have the motivation to continue - as I said above, it was his dedication to and love of the game that made him Mr Cricket, so I'm sure he has made the right call.

Posted by Jaffa79 on (December 29, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

One of the few Aussie cricketers without a huge chip on the shoulder. A cricketer that, as an England fan, I respected and feared. The Aussie batting line up now looks as bad as it ever has done. Hughes is back, Johnson is back, Cowan and Warner are still in the team, that clown Wade keeps the gloves and now Mr.Cricket has gone. All we need now is to get Steve Smith back in the Aussie team! If Clarke gets injured, the Aussies shouldn't even turn up! 4-0 to England and I only say that because it rains a lot here.

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (December 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Oh noooo. I feel like the cricketing world has been shattered. How could we lose Tony Greig and Mr. Cricket in one day?

Posted by adnan_hw_z_tht on (December 29, 2012, 21:16 GMT)

Hats off to him. Truly a hero and a legend! It made me cry when he took the game away from Pakistan in T20 semi but made him one of my favorites. Adios Sir Hussey!

Posted by The_bowlers_Holding on (December 29, 2012, 21:12 GMT)

As an England fan the removal of one of the 2 dependable Aussie batsmen with back to back Ashes on the horizon should tip the odds greatly in Englands favor. Always a pugnacious and effective opponent he will leave a big hole in the Aussie batting, time for someone to step up to the mantle. This is how a great player should go, not when they're waning, maybe he has good advisors not sycophants. I see a big role for him in coaching if he opts for it, good luck to a great competitor. p.s I hardly think he is likely to sign for Notts if he wants to spend more time at home and home is the land of the wombat.

Posted by kc69 on (December 29, 2012, 20:41 GMT)

Everyone said he was a replacement for Micheal bevan in ODI's and eventually did more than what was expected of him.Will be missed for a very long time as Mr.Cricket.

Posted by choppa13 on (December 29, 2012, 20:18 GMT)

question.... does at the end of the australian summer mean his last test will be at sydney but his last international appearance will be the second 20/20 against sri lanka?

Posted by OzWally on (December 29, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

I am still in shock from reading this article. I felt for sure Huss would be there for another year or two. Although his career hasn't had the longevity of some, their is no denying his contributions to all forms of the game for his spirit and sportsmanship for which he is admired by all his peers.

And to clear up a few misconceptions (28041991) he was given the nickname Mr. Cricket because of his dedication to and knowledge of the game, not because he is thought of as "the best".

Wow, winning back the Ashes just got oh so much harder.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

Really sad day, a great cricketer will exit the game of cricket! A man happy to be a sheep not a shepherd, but a true inspiration. Michael Hussey's success is different to most. He toiled for 15000 domestic runs before an international chance, and when he got that chance he consistently performed as a great professional, a true athlete and a fantastic cricketer. Even as an Englishmen, I will greatly miss what you have bought to the cricket field. If you were English, you would be receiving a knighthood for services to cricket!

Posted by Beertjie on (December 29, 2012, 20:01 GMT)

@by Mankappan Hu on (December 29 2012, 15:18 PM GMT): Please explain just how Compton, Bairstow and Root "have been playing together for quite some time" compared to an Oz top 6 of Cowan, Warner, Hughes, Clarke, Khawaja and Watson? After touring India for 4 tests they'll be more experienced as a combination than Cook, Compton, Trott, Pietersen, Bairstow, and Root (at least if Watto can stay on the park). Oh sorry, I forgot about Bell (lol).

Posted by sirviv on (December 29, 2012, 19:29 GMT)

Quit while your still ahead. Very smart but calculated move by Hussey. You are a credit to the game and Australia. You only played for 8 years but you have been so influential in that time.

Posted by vpk23 on (December 29, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

Smooth Operator! We will miss you Mate!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

Great player vl always be missed by fans from all over the world....

Posted by realfan on (December 29, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

ahhhh.... here you go tendulkar basher.... start your work...

guys this is article about hussey, and his retirement. if u r willing to comment about that you are surely appreciated.....

instead of that i can see many critizing tendulkar and ponting....so that means you r ignoring this article , and you were waiting for a chance to bash against tendulkar.....

no disrespect to HUSSEY. good start to your career and even good ending.... one of the best players.......

Posted by realfan on (December 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT)

y is mike hussey mr. cricket? i mean cricket is not only about batting..... if its only about batting, consistency.... lots of players are ahead are of mike hussey..... he is a serious player , i admit... but Mr Cricket? doesn't suit him....

in the current situation only MR. Cricket would be JAQUAS KALLIS, i mean he is class batsmen, he is very good bowler, he can field, he can field in slips, he can play tests, odi, t20's, and oh KALLIS is hardly been injured............. he surely deserves Mr. Cricket title instead of HUSSEY.....

Posted by TaylorSwift on (December 29, 2012, 18:37 GMT)

Congrats on a brilliant career, Huss! You were a true champion and a great fighter. You will be missed. Enjoy retirement, mate!

I guess Ussie slots into the middle order now. If Pup is still insistent on batting at #5, I would play Ussie at #4 and move Watto down to #6.

Posted by SivaSurapaneni on (December 29, 2012, 18:22 GMT)

Cricketing greatness is measured both by quality and quantity though in my opinion quality is the most important of the two. Hussey is one of the best quality player of his generation though the numbers are not far behind.

The reasons for his retirement shows cricket is not the only thing in his life and there is a great life beyond cricket. Being Mr Perfect (much more than Mr Cricket), I know he is and will be a champion always!!. Good Luck Hussey!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 29, 2012, 18:20 GMT)

@Shoaib1974: I guess you are right. Retirement is like proposing to your lover. You have to time it right. One wrong move, it could cost the team and the nation OR prolonging it too long could cost you your reputation, your dignity and also your happiness. So I guess Younis, Misbah and Sachin need to call it quits soon. It's always been the Aussie way. Those guys just don't play any longer after reaching 35.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 18:14 GMT)

@Sinhaya on (December 29 2012, 11:15 AM GMT), ah but todays bowlers bowl at batsman with better protective gear including helmets.

Posted by NZCricketfan1 on (December 29, 2012, 18:12 GMT)

As a kiwi I have to say this is one Australian player I truly admire. Mr Cricket it will be sad to see you go but thanks for all the great performances, the integrity with which you have played and your love for the game.

I salute you!

Posted by sk12 on (December 29, 2012, 18:11 GMT)

@ everyone criticizing Sachin reg retirement - ther's nothiing to go gaga abt Hussy's retirement.. he clearly states that he is no longer interested in the game.. its the opposite case for Tendulkar and Ponting, they are ever so passionate abt the game, it'll be apocalypse if they state they are losing interest in cricket and feel the need to move on. If you are so passionately obsessed by your job, it wld take more than a " woke up one day and felt i was not that motivated enuf to play" realization to quit.. Anyone who saw the movie The Prestige - the depths people go just to be better in their jobs - would concur.. Hussey's is the easiest decision one can take, when money is not an issue.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

Huss deserves to be pushed up the order for the Sydney Test so he can finish with a big ton, he could even open and carry his bat. Way to go Mr Cricket.

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 18:09 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan: One more thing mate. If you had watched Sachin play in 90s you would have understood how he struggled to get his first ever ODI ton.You know he took 79 matches and nearly 5 years for that. You might be correct. I would be fared by seeing how he struggles if I watched his play in 90s lol. Considering overall performances Tendulkar can be named as a good batsman but Hussey is well beyond comparison as Hussey is so far superior . Accept the truth man. You also know your team would win 50% more matches if Hussey was in Indian team in the place of Tendulkar. You also know that Tendulkar would have to retire long time ago if he was in Australian team.

Posted by Shoaib1974 on (December 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

what a champion player and person. to me he is the best batsman in all formats of cricket. though i never forgive him for destructing Pakistan bowling lineup in T20 WC semifinal :) still i believe its the best T20 innings ever. and the way he is retiring from international cricket truly indicates the honesty of the man. i think younis, misbah and sachin should get inspiration from him.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (December 29, 2012, 18:02 GMT)

A fine cricketer, and one of the most underrated of his generation. He is truly the ONE and ONLY Mr. Cricket. Be it test cricket, or ODIs or T20s, Mike's a treat to watch. With players like him gone, test cricket will cease to exist in a few years. Players of his quality are far and few. Hope he hits a ton in the Sydney test and retires in style. God bless !

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

Huss had the uncanny ability to always look like he was batting like his life depended on it, he had a bit of a desperate look even though he'd be smashing an attack thither and yonder.

Posted by CricketChat on (December 29, 2012, 17:44 GMT)

Mike is batting as good as ever and still decided to call it day!. He is going on his own terms. That's a lesson to many aging players still clinging on to their places when well past prime.

Posted by CricLook on (December 29, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Hussey is real ambassador of cricket. When players now a days are struggling to maintain mental, physical fitness, hussey established a standard both physical & sporting point of view. His sporting never say die attitude always within the rule of the game is a class act. Will miss him very much. It's unfortunate for Australia and obviously world cricket to lose such a legend. He defines his greatness with his own created set of of adjectives. Salute you champ!

Posted by JG2704 on (December 29, 2012, 17:35 GMT)

1st of all I'm not going to go along with others and group the death of Tony Grieg (too young) with the retirement of various cricketers (including Hussey) who have retired on their own terms and still in good health.

Also it is sad that we get a few that have to do a go compare for great cricketers.

I'd like to say that I'm quite surprised that this decision takes place shortly before back to back Ashes series' and if Australia were to beat England I'm sure he'd play a huge part. What really surprised me was that the guy has never scored a double hundred (when you see some who have) and to me that shows the guys' consistency in that his average is not blown up by a massive score or 2 against some lesser nations. There aren't many who retire before any questions are raised in this regard. Hussey is one for sure.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

have not seen so much batting perfection in any other cricketer, not even in king richards or matrin crowe! great, great, great mr. cricket!!

Posted by xylo on (December 29, 2012, 17:18 GMT)

A champion of the game when playing it, and now while leaving it. He will be forever known to give the game his 110% and to be on top of his skills from the beginning to the end. It is a shame that he was inducted into the XI so late, but that also speaks about the team that was around those days. It is an honor to have seen Hussey bat with aplomb, and scrap without giving up when things weren't going his way, and always play with unwavering passion - whether it be bowling, or fielding or obviously batting. I hope he has a wonderful life ahead of him.

Posted by deol84 on (December 29, 2012, 17:03 GMT)

In my opinion husesy is legendry player,i wish him all the best for now and after his retirement.Champion player like rahual dravid.

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (December 29, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

It would be wise to replace him with David Hussey, if they're looking for experience.Not that many in the domestic circuit(first class,that is)are gleaming with experience in the long form of the game....

Posted by venkatesh018 on (December 29, 2012, 16:53 GMT)

There can't be any more shocking news for Aussie cricket lovers. And there can't be a better new year gift for Team India.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:50 GMT)

There was a reason they called him 'mr cricket'.the reason is because he had the agility,the power,the patience,the style and no one can describe him in words.he was a great cricketer,he is a great cricketer and will al ways be oned.being an indian,i like hussey very much.he is better than dhoni anyday coz of his avg and strike rate.he doesn't throw his wicket away like a batsman does when his team is in good position or his team is under pressure,he plays plays for his nation with an aim,TO WIN!he plays with spirit and dedication and plays with a cheerful mind.his brother david hussey must be wondering why did my brother retire?should i do the same after i am on a high?he had great shots in his bag the best being the pull shot,no one can replace him,not even his brother.he has experienced success at many levels.he has tasted success of a career spanning just 7yrs.he has entertained us for 7yrs.thank u michael,for whatever u have done.u will be remembered for generations to come.bye.

Posted by SamRoy on (December 29, 2012, 16:49 GMT)

A world class batsman who missed at least 3 of his most productive run making years because Australian team had Damien Martyn and Darren Lehmann. Even they were fine players, but not in the same stratosphere as Mike Hussey. Mike Hussey would have been considered great if he made his test debut at 27 rather than 30. Like Ian Chapell said, Mike Hussey had the presence like Ponting had and like Clarke have.

Posted by Front-Foot_lunge on (December 29, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

It is always disappointing when a statesman of the game calls time on their career, and Hussey is one of a long line of great cricketers that Australia has blessed the cricketing world with in recent times. He seemed to be a rare cricketer that imbued his game with his own personality. Every game Hussey played, was like an extension of his own personality: Fair, tough, personable, humble and measured. His cultural contribution to the game is immeasurable. In a time when England's cricketers are better known for petulant temper tantrums (Broad, Anderson) twitter Accounts (Swann, Peitersen) and blatant self interest, you only have to wonder (when the book closes on their peadestrain careers) what will their 'cultural contribution' be? Like most of the Barmy army and "England Fan's", I'd say "not much!!".

Posted by mikey76 on (December 29, 2012, 16:48 GMT)

Any slight chance of Australia competing in the ashes have gone now. The Aussie top six really does look fragile now. Presumably Khawaja is the like for like replacement being left handed. This has put huge pressure on Clarke now. How will he cope?

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (December 29, 2012, 16:38 GMT)

2012 has been an absolute travesty,in my opinion.The retirements of Dravid,VVS,Boucher,Strauss,Lee,Ponting,Tendulkar(from ODIs) and now Hussey. The invasion of cancer in some of cricket's greatest like Robin jackman,Martin Crowe,Tony Greig(who unforunately died today,may his soul RIP in heaven).God, who in cricket angered you to such an extent that the sport has had to face such a tumultuous year? Horrible,just unimaginable...

Posted by first_slip on (December 29, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

you must be joking Micheal, If Australian Selectors picked him correct time i am sure he would have been the best ever cricketer world have ever seen, smartest cricketer i've ever seen, sad to see him go, he could not full fill his potential and promise because of Selectors, same thing happened to his Brother, i still cannot believe how Justin Langer,Micheal Slater were playing for Australia when Hussy was in great form, i am sure Australian Selectors still ruing the fact. good luck Micheal,

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (December 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

Mike Hussey is an awesome cricketer. He is what SRT could never be - a MATCH WINNER. Nobody could handle pressure like Mr. Cricketer. Mike is retiring on a high - when people still ask Why instead of Why Not.

Posted by Piyush_Advani on (December 29, 2012, 16:33 GMT)

@Prasad Samakuri so what you're basically saying is that Hussey is an average cricketer?It's insanity to compare Dhoni to Hussey,the former a very average batsman who will be ready to quit test cricket if required to get better wages in the IPL.Hussey is a true Aussie,like Waugh,Border,Punter,Lee and many more who gave it their all to keep Australia on top,which they did very admirably.Hussey averages 51 in tests at No.6.By your logic,every no.6 should average around the same in tests..So what's Dhoni's test average?Find out for yourself.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:30 GMT)

he should have played atleast for one more year... ricky has just retired and australian batting s so inexperienced now, vt only clarke being there.... hussey shud have played those back to back ashes series....in such a prestigous and high pressure series, absence of an experienced and in form hussey will affect aussie batting alot....especially considering the fact that no one have grabbed the place of ricky ponting yet... hussey shud hav thought about his team.... if the team s full ponting, hayden, langer, gilchrist, then its ok...his decision is justified.... but in the current situation of aussies, it isn't... having said all this,in a way india will be happy.. they wont have to deal vt a world class batsman in no.6 in aussies series.....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:28 GMT)

Very bad news for Aus n world cricket .Truly professional player very hard to find this type of player.Good lucky hussey

Posted by cloudmess on (December 29, 2012, 16:19 GMT)

It's very good news - but only for England supporters next year. It's not good news in any other way, nor for cricket in general, and Hussey will be greatly missed. He can be proud of his achievements over the last 7 years, and finishing with a test average of 50+ puts him in company with the stars of the game.

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 29, 2012, 16:18 GMT)

just one question now he has gone. who backs up Clarke because I can't see any other batsman worth while.

As for the fans banging on about Tendulkar will you let it go

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:16 GMT)

BDforever .. What are you trying to prove here? ...Dhoni bats in the middle order and averages 51....According to your damn logic, he is a better batman than M Hussey? .....Middle order batsman will always have a good chance to increase their average because of more number of unbeaten innings.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT)

Hussey is a good team player. Dont compare him with Tendulkar. Openers have more chance to accumulate runs but not averages.No.6 batsman will obviously have good average becuase not out innings will be more. Thats is how Dhoni is maintaining good ODI avg. Take his notout inning he is no more better than average batsman. Same with Hussey also.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT)

one of the great cricketer i have ever seen..........very sad to hear he is retire from cricket good form .any way thanks for entertaning for around world MR CRICKET.

Posted by rana_raza on (December 29, 2012, 16:12 GMT)

For so many years, there has been no better sight than watching a Michael Hussey pull or a cover drive. How could we Pakistanis forget that World T20 Semi-Final in 2010 when he single-handedly snatched the game away from Pakistan? How could we forget that famous century in Sydney with only tail to accompany him and the win he delivered?

Can't imagine cricket without you, Michael Hussey...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 29, 2012, 16:02 GMT)

What a contrast between the retirement of Hussey and that of Ponting. Ricky Thomas Ponting took years of agonizing humiliation, by England mostly, and countless infamous tantrums before accepting the inevitable. Hussey has left before one could say he had his career ended by England, like what we can say with so many countless Australian cricketers in the last 5 years. But unlike Hauritz, Beer (to name just two of many) Hussey has left on his own terms. Good for him, a great competitor he was. Now the Aussies are left with a team of Anderson's Bunnies and walking wickets. The Ashes will stay at the home of cricket next year.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 16:00 GMT)

Absolutely horrible end to 2012, first Ponting and now Hussey retires. Cricket will just not be the same without these guys. Take a bow Mr. Cricket, we will sorely miss you and best of luck with your life ahead.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:58 GMT)

While I have never liked (most) Australian cricketers (far too arrogant and bad mannered) I must confess however, that I will miss Hussey. He came across as a true gentleman while still being a tough competitor along with the likes of Adam Gilchrist and Brett Lee. These guys let every run and every wicket do the talking. These guys will be and are missed internationally because of their skills and gentleman-like conduct. Others like Ponting aren't missed outside of Australia. Having said that, I do question his timing slightly as he has left AUS with a predicament with the Ashes looming. Perhaps it's time Clarke stopped hiding at numer 5?

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (December 29, 2012, 15:52 GMT)

I must admit, Michael Hussey is a superb team player. He knows that they need to look to the future, and he has left on his terms, after a series win. Ricky Ponting was seemingly unwilling to accept the end and stayed too long. Mind you, he's not alone in doing that.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:49 GMT)

After God Of Cricket Now Mr. Cricket. . .

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:48 GMT)

thinks notts should sign him up now he is free and david hussy should take his place in the test side

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:47 GMT)

Absolutely horrible end to 2012, first Ponting and now Hussey retires. Cricket will just not be the same without these guys. Take a bow Mr. Cricket, we will sorely miss you and best of luck with your life ahead.

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 15:45 GMT)

@sachin_vvsfan: Are u kidding? how come Tendulkar's current stats are way better than Hussesy's overall? Hussey's overall ODI average is 48.15 & it's way better than Tendulkar's. Other thing is Tendulkar is an opener so he always gets enough time to score runs in order to improve his stats since 9 fielders are inside 30 yard circle for first 15 overs. As Hussey bats at No 6 most of the times he gets only few overs to bat & he has to go for big shots from the first ball he faces since he comes to the middle at very crucial point of the match.So he can easily gets out even for the first ball. We've seen Hussey batting so well as an opener as well. Can we expect Tendulkar to score same number of runs as now & keep his current average(even now it's less than Hussey's average) if he had to bat at No 6 like Hussey? Noo. Can we expect Tendulkar to handle pressure & win matches like Hussey if he batted at No 6?No Never.Everyone would love to have Hussey in their team in the place of Tendulkar.

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 15:39 GMT)

@Posted by on (December 29 2012, 13:35 PM GMT) I can't stop laughing when I saw your comment "You are right!! ... Dravid, Laxman & Tendulkar are GREATER than Ponting & Hussey !!!" because you are 100% correct. Those have always been greater than Ponting & Hussey in consideration of their ability to lose back to back test series with zero wins in tournaments. If you consider their ability of concerning about their personal records other than winning matches for the country Ponting & Hussey can't even come close to them.

Posted by lananad on (December 29, 2012, 15:38 GMT)

Mr Cricket, Hats off to you. Greate team man. Most unselfish Cricketer... Good lesson for Tendulkar..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:23 GMT)

Really is a great cricketer. Cant forget what he did to Saeed Ajmal. Another gone. Curse 2012

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT)

there cannot be a worse news for Aus.Although I respect Hussey's decision i just cant fathom many fans saying "will give chance to a youngster"...how many youngsters are knocking on the door and that too against swinging Eng bowlers in England..Huss had proven record there and would have been the batting nexus along with Clarke..Now Aus have 1 maverick opener who mayor may not(most possibly may not in England)score,another opener who yearns to bat at no:6,a No:3 making a comeback(be it Khwaja/Hughes),and an untested entity at No:6...and English players have been playing together for quite some time ..seems like it will take some more time for Ashes to return Down Under..btw..take a bow Mr.cricket,,,for everything you have given to Aus cricket,,you were the epitome of elegant batsman ship/crisis man/man who guided the tail many a time to give those winning/survival runs for the team/perfect finisher in ODIs..and much more...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 15:09 GMT)

Was it merely the lack of desire or something else prompted him to retire so unexpectedly!! Anyway, always enjoyed his batting. The upcoming Ashes won't be the same without him. Thanks for the memories mate.

Posted by 2.14istherunrate on (December 29, 2012, 15:02 GMT)

As an Englishman I actually liked this guy. A tough opponent, the best arguably in the side with the bat and the lid was kept on what was not about his batting or fielding. A worthy opponent and one to be feared. He will be missed as a personality, though I cannot help thinking we will be glad not to be bowling at him. happy retirement, Mr cricket!!

Posted by brusselslion on (December 29, 2012, 14:59 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29 2012, 13:25 PM GMT). Agreed with you totally.

As an England fan, this retirement is great news. As a cricket fan it's disappointing. I was actually hoping that Hussey would score a 100 in the 1st innings at Lords - after a pair at Trent Bridge - get injured (not serious but enough to keep him out of the rest of the series).

Anyway, well played Mr. Cricket. You've definitely gone out at the top.

Posted by brusselslion on (December 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

@TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29 2012, 13:25 PM GMT). Agreed with you totally.

As an England fan, this retirement is great news. As a cricket fan it's disappointing. I was actually hoping that Hussey would score a 100 in the 1st innings at Lords - after a pair at Trent Bridge - get injured (not serious but enough to keep him out of the rest of the series).

Anyway, well played Mr. Cricket. You've definitely gone out at the top.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:57 GMT)

hbussy seemed to have a good 3-4 years more left in him

Posted by Aaryabhatta on (December 29, 2012, 14:55 GMT)

Great guy,great cricketer...love u ..frm India

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:51 GMT)

no you cant leave cricket at this point, v want u to play more, however it is your life and we respect your decision, good luck and v pray that almighty allah help u and ur family to be on right tract

Posted by gsamiru on (December 29, 2012, 14:47 GMT)

Second Sad news of the day .................... ! Wish you Mr. Cricket, a great future.......... ! Whole Cricket world will miss you and your passion ............

Posted by torsha on (December 29, 2012, 14:45 GMT)

No No Hussey..Why? This is sad. You're the only player whom I haven't seen in any confrontation till date. You're my favorite Australian cricketer. You're a true gentleman!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 14:34 GMT)

This year many cricketers retires from internal cricket but Micheal Hussey is the only one who leave with good form and respect.. Good luck Mr. cricket. :)

Posted by Jimmers on (December 29, 2012, 14:32 GMT)

If he'd got a go at Tests as a younger man, imagine what he could have achieved by now? Great player who will be sorely missed

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 29, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

@KarachiKid Seriously are you not tired of this sachin is not a match winner propaganda. I remember how you pakistani fans were commenting when his 175 against Aus almost got us there. He was chasing the target of 350 and in the process got 170 odd but our lower middle order threw away the match( just like that chennai test when he batted with back injury) and then all you fans appeared with much just using the same phrase 'whats the use of this runs if he cannot win the match'

Its simple Sachin was part of mediocre team and ponting/kallis/hussey were part of good teams (with great bowlers).

If that doesnt satisfy I seriously wonder how his 33 tons resulted in victories, May be somebody need to check youtube or any other videos to verify the same.

Posted by landl47 on (December 29, 2012, 14:18 GMT)

As I've said before, if I was picking a side and I wanted the first player I picked to be an example to all the others, the name I would write down would be Mike Hussey. 100% effort all the time, dedicated to practice and training, a great fielder, always put the team first, never EVER gave up- he was everything you want a professional sportsman to be. The only sad thing about his test career is that it should have been much longer than it was. For a player of his ability to be unable to get into the test side shows how strong the Australian side of 1995-2005 was. Once he made it, his statistics tell their own story, though they don't reveal what a thoroughly decent, modest and likeable man he was and is. He leaves a legacy of wonderful memories for every person who loves the game- and noone loved it more than he did.

Posted by mukesh_LOVE.cricket on (December 29, 2012, 14:17 GMT)

All the best to Mr cricket , an excellent role model to each and every cricketer not just in Australia but in all cricket playing nations , bit unlucky to start his career in his 30s..otherwise he would have finished in the same league as gr8 ricky ponting.. we will miss u

Posted by cricsathya on (December 29, 2012, 14:16 GMT)

The only cricketer now a days playing GENTLEMAN GAME HAS IT'S hats of my CHENNAI SUPER KING Loin

We have all the best and good wishes for you and your family Mikey

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:59 GMT)

Massive Rezpect! I just wish they had a Perth test and ODI to end the SL tour.I guess he just got few refresher courses of how not to retire :)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 29, 2012, 13:57 GMT)

@BDforever You are only making a fool of yourself. Your hatred for indian cricket and sachin is well understood (by your own name) and for hussey where does he fit in all time greatest in ODIs? if you had watched sachin play in 90s and early 2000 you too would realize he fared much better than him (even his current stats are way better than hussesy overall)

Give it a rest. No need to bring sachin in every forum. Lets just pay tributes to MR CRICKET.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:54 GMT)

Mr. Hussey! I am from Pakistan but you always had my admiration for the manner you have played your cricket over the years. For me, you always was the MOST dangerous component of Australian batting line (and I really mean by the word Most here) and no win was possible against them until you were out. I think you re-defined the ODI role of Michael Bevan in all three formats of cricket. I am a good writer and can write hundreds of lines for you from bottom of my heart but I am REALLY feeling SAD now and would like to end with only one phrase: Salute you Mr. Cricket! (Y)

Posted by sachin_vvsfan on (December 29, 2012, 13:45 GMT)

2012!!. The world is supposed to end but it has ended many cricketers careers.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:42 GMT)

this is call real cricketer he know when to leave the cricket and gain respect of hole world .

Posted by Gordo85 on (December 29, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

I knew that it was the case that he started playing for Australia when he was 30. And thus is why he hunged on for dear life for too long. It is about time that he did something that was for the team rather than himself. That time he ripped his hamstring off the bone should have been the time for him to retire but guess what he didn't want to. He was a good player but I wouldn't say fantastic. After all what do you expect when you play against fairly low ranked teams for the most part of your carer. The main question now is who will replace him and I bet you that Usman will replace him which will be a real shame since other players like Ferguson and Cosgrove get ignored time and time again and now the selectors are proberly saying "they are too old to select them now and I wonder why?" Good luck to you Mike after your cricket carer. The one good thing I will say about you is you had great first class stats pretty much like your brother David who got ignored all the time.

Posted by Poopal on (December 29, 2012, 13:41 GMT)

Sorry to see you go Mr Cricket.........you have personified everything that is good about cricket!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

MR.Cricket we will miss you Aussies will miss him When a player begins his career at about 30 years of age, it's very difficult to cope up and end up making an impact. Hats off to Mr. Cricket!! :)

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

one of greatest australian batsmen and best middle order batsmen......we miss u "MR CRICKET"...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:38 GMT)

Hats off to you Mr Cricket! What 'timing'? When you are still so fit, still scoring abundantly, fielding agilely, catching safely, guiding youngsters inspiringly! Hope some of my heroes in India take a Q!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:35 GMT)

@BDforever : You are right!! ... Dravid, Laxman & Tendulkar are GREATER than Ponting & Hussey !!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

huss is a seriously great player! with such a good temperament and technique. his 1st class record is stunning! as his internationa recordl anyway he retires ! GOOD BYE MR CRICKET!

Posted by SenorPepper on (December 29, 2012, 13:34 GMT)

Aww Huss! Say it ain't true! As others have observed, I commend you for going out on your own terms, but, you've earned the admiration and the respect of even those who are not inclined to naming favorites. I followed your career from the very start - almost every international game, waking up at odd times to watch you online. I will always remember the look of deep contentment on your face whether it was after a hard-run single on the tail-end of a desperate dive, a majestic cover drive or a brutal pull over cow-corner. I always found it touching that you seemed more excited for others reaching their a fifty, a century or a personal milestone than your own. We will miss each and every aspect of the regard you've shown for the game and your humility on and off the pitch. If (you most certainly do) you live your life the way you play your cricket, lasting happiness and deep satisfaction await you in whatever you do, wherever you are. Godspeed mate! Many thanks for the memories.

Posted by Akhter786 on (December 29, 2012, 13:31 GMT)

Guess what Hussey's last ODI innings was a man winning 65 against pakistan in the final at Sharjah,,,,, Champion yaarrrr

Posted by Chennai_Voice on (December 29, 2012, 13:30 GMT)

Cant it believe Hussey is retiring! He is one of the best present day cricketers in the world and saved Australia on so many occasions. Mr. Reliable is going to be missed. Most importantly he is one of the outstanding fielders in Australian team given his age. Hussey is always busy in the field!

At least two countries would be celebrating his departure from the cricket... India and England. At least they have one less head ache to deal with! But he will be missed for his game.

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

England fans delighted. Their Ashes campaign just got a whole lot easier. Massive loss for Aussie batting lineup as hussey isn't easily replaced...

Posted by mylife4cricket on (December 29, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

It's a big surprise.I still wonder what happened to him, he is in good form and his fitness is also not a concern.This is the time to think for Australia for the correct replacement.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

one of the greatest fighters in modern cricket great team man proud to seen you a great australlian side a loss to not only Australia but world cricket . I salute you Mr cricket

Posted by Akhter786 on (December 29, 2012, 13:19 GMT)

there are so many good batsmen overrated as greats despite the fact Sachin is not only a great but an era himself but he lacked guts most of the time,

Underrated but proven otherwise Hussey was always all about neversaydie attitude, hang on and bang it type gritty gut sy nimble and a team man all wound into one,,,

i dont know when players like Hussey and most importantly Kallis will get their due of fame and respect probably when all the curtains will fall and the world will come to know what is meant to b A Kallis a Hussey an Amla a Dravid, and how out of place Sachin is

Posted by sameer111111 on (December 29, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

The only thing that stops him from being mentioned among the top 3 batsmen in the last 10 years is the number of matches played. Quality of innings wise, he's way ahead of Sachin and almost at par with Lara.

Posted by ozwriter on (December 29, 2012, 13:17 GMT)

hussey was universally liked. there's not a player around the world how can say anything negative about him. there's not a cricket fan anywhere who does not like him. true gentleman, legend. mr cricket you will be missed.

Posted by ozwriter on (December 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

I can't believe this decision. but to me it really goes to show hussey the champion. he is mr consistency, he is mr cricket, he has been the saviour for australia in so many games. 2012 has been no different, he has been in a rich form yet he decides to go at his peak. would have been so tempting to drag along for a few more years. hussey is right up there with the australian greats. some of the cricinfo statisticians should look at the number of games he has single handedly saved or won. i doubt if anyone has saved more.

Posted by Manu_reddy on (December 29, 2012, 13:16 GMT)

Mr CRICKET is retiring from tests!!!! Surely it ll b a big loss for australian cricket n surely bowlers ll feel more happy as they need not to toil so much to take 1 wicket from now onwards .. Am from india but i really loved his batting style..he was d 1 with no selfishness,always plays for d team n an batsmen with immense ability to win d match on his own...i ll miss your undying spirit man..thanku so much for giving so many good memories with aus n csk...

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 29, 2012, 13:15 GMT)

has to be the greatest batsman in the world since the day he debuted against the windies. western australia's greatest batsman. words cannot describe his as a cricketer. i think its a good thing in the long run to have ponting and hussey retire more or less together and have a steady batting line up for basically the next 5 to 10 years with the next crop of test greats coming through

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

@BDforever: Can you reconsider if ponting, hussey is as talented as dravid tendulkar and laxman.

Posted by TheRisingTeam on (December 29, 2012, 13:11 GMT)

Like I said before, the cricketing world is indeed changing.... :D

Hussey was no doubt a top top player remember him in the 2005 Ashes.

Posted by aravind077 on (December 29, 2012, 13:09 GMT)

all time great batsmen of cricket world.he is known as Mr,Cricket

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 13:03 GMT)

However much a great player you are if you retire on your own terms when everyone else will be questioning "Why you are leaving?" instead of "When you will be leaving?", you will be remembered as a true great player. This is an eye opener for Sachin Tendulkar, who in spite of struggle for form was still hanging on. It was obvious that he retired from ODIs knowing clearly he was going to be dropped. Now he is trying his best to become a liability to the test team by hanging in there.

Posted by kentjones on (December 29, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

The challenges most batsmen face from the early days of cricket were decidedly combating the skill of the bowler and assessing the state of the pitch and then overcoming the psychology of the moment (whether to attack or defend and how to do it, when the scorboard says few wickets down or plenty back in the pavilion). With the advent of ODI and then T20. much more factors were throw into the fray. owing to the difference in the tempo and thus skillsetes required of the game. The modern cricketer, and even the great Don Bradman will agree, has much more to think about and thus much more adjustments have to be made according to the particular format. Hussey to my mind is prpbably the greatest practitioner of all three. His mastery of the moment and great balance in attack or defence is true greatness personified. Assessing his career CAN NOT be evaluatied in mere statistics. His contribution has been immense. Lets celebrate this man for what he has achieved in the modern game.

Posted by Edwards_Anderson on (December 29, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

One of the greats!! All the best Huss - you left us in such a fragile position batting wise though, haha!Khawaja and Hughes taking Ponting and Hussey's Ashes spots wont send shivers down many bowlers' spines but they have to stand up and make it count and show that our batting is in good hands, i am sure they can do the job.

Posted by neo-galactico on (December 29, 2012, 12:45 GMT)

Finally, someone times their retirement perfectly, good job Mr Cricket. International cricket will be poorer without him in it, but the Aussies will miss him more than anyone else for he was/is a fundamental cog in their line-up. Chances for the new generation of Aussie batsmen to earn the fabled baggy green

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:43 GMT)

wow...2012 has been the end of the golden era. As for Hussey he is my favourite player he never gives up and is so reliable. He may not score those 200s but you can bet your money that his going to score 50+. very unselfish decision by him and i wish him luck. his one of the greatest runner between the wickets i saw and is awesome at rotating the stike. THANK YOU HUSSEY

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:42 GMT)

Sad news. He is one of those players, who can be relied upon to perform consistently in key situations. Australia will miss his service during the Indian and Ashes tours for sure.

Posted by Akhter786 on (December 29, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Hussey to retire after Sydney Test

now this is a shocker unimaginable one

well Hussey u r just doing it the way u know it the best!!! Gutsy and on his own

that is champion material REAL STEEL!!

Posted by DiamondSoul on (December 29, 2012, 12:40 GMT)

Why is he retiring?? is the same question i have in my mind.I haven't seen such a reliable player in this decade in international arena.A masterclass fieldsman and an acrobatic athlete who can bowl some lively medium pace sparingly. I still remember the six he hit At the MCG way back in 2005 or nearby which actually did hit the coverroof.Though i am a sri lankan i don't agree with his decision he still has got talent.and i am doubt who is there to take this big role played by him. any guesses please??

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 12:39 GMT)

@rahulcricket007: I would like if you reconsider your comment " GREAT BATSMEN like dravid , ponting , laxman took retirement , sachin tendulkar retired from odis , now hussey is also going to retire". Are Dravid, Laxman, Tendulkar as great as Ponting or Hussey? come on mate

Posted by BellCurve on (December 29, 2012, 12:38 GMT)

It's early days, but Faf du Plessis reminds me a lot of Hussey. Who knows, maybe 10 years from now Faf will also retire with 6000+ Test runs and an average of 50+.

Posted by Akhter786 on (December 29, 2012, 12:35 GMT)

one of the real gutsy players against any opposition any conditions any pitch

Unusually he was humbler than most of his aussie team mates,,,

Australia is a mediocre team now, Indians must be gigglin now.

THE BATSMAN TO FEAR THE BATSMAN TO REVER!!

Posted by BellCurve on (December 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Many comments about SRT. What about Mahela Jayawardene? He is almost 37. Since November 2009 he has played 26 Tests outside Sri Lanka. In those matches he averages 18.04. IMO both SRT and Mahela should go immediately.

Posted by Selfishkar on (December 29, 2012, 12:33 GMT)

Hussey, Mr. Cricket has been averagung well over 50 in the past year, yet he decided retire on high with dignity and honor, two attributes you don't associate with most Indian players including one Mr. God of Cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:31 GMT)

Good call Micheal Hussey. Go out at the top of your game. The best way to retire.

Posted by whoster on (December 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

I'm really surprised by this news - but I admire Mike Hussey for quitting whilst still at the top of his game. The guy is a true fighter, and I remember how close he was to being axed before the last Ashes series. He responded with superb performances in the first three Tests, and his wicket was treasured by England as much as any other batsman from any country. Following on from Ponting's recent retirement, this will leave a massive void in the Aussie batting line-up, as Clarke and Watson are now the only two batsmen guaranteed a place amongst a lot of inexperienced youngsters. Hussey wasn't easy on the eye as a batsman, but his sheer hard work, determination and infectious team ethic made him one of the world's great players. The Aussies face a daunting challenge against England's seam attack next year, and Hussey's impending retirement has made winning back the Ashes far tougher. Here in England he earnt total respect. Great player, and a huge blow for Australia.

Posted by Detectiveagent on (December 29, 2012, 12:28 GMT)

Massive shame to lose such a man after such a short test career. I do hope the fear of testing 2013 schedule is not more the truth. How can anyone not be excited about touring India and then an Ashes Tour and then hosting The Ashes. Worried about your average Mike?

Posted by hycIass on (December 29, 2012, 12:22 GMT)

Well done Huss on a great career other the biggest mistake some players make is playing on too long being picked on reputation only not performance going out on your terms early is the best way to go. Not many players retain there form from start to finish of their career. One of the greatest batsmen of all time and a great bloke.Big losses to Australian cricket in their own ways, although I'm thinking this retirement has Khawaja licking his lips, big opportunity for him and about time he got a chance to show what he can do over a few games without being picked as a injury replacement. Long Live Huss

Posted by kentjones on (December 29, 2012, 12:16 GMT)

Hussey was a true champion of all cricketing formats and deserves the title of Mr. Cricket. His fighting innings have often lifted Australis from the brink of disaster to the rim of success. His signiificance to the Australian team will be felt in the coming months, he added depth and hope to the batting that will take some time for the team to recover from. Thank you sir, for your immense contribution to the game of cricket, you have left us wondering why and not asking why not!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 12:15 GMT)

Well done Hussey. A very unselfish decision. As a West Indian, I believe you were the difference between the two teams that won the series for Australia when your fellow teammates couldn't handle Narine. You were a great and consistent cricketer - A man to fear.

Posted by Shaggy076 on (December 29, 2012, 12:14 GMT)

A great career Huss, sad to see you go as your still one of the worlds best batsman. Great to retire at the top all the best in your last test. Will retire in the higher echelon of batsman with over 6000 runs at an average higher than 50.

Posted by katwash on (December 29, 2012, 12:10 GMT)

Well done Mike. With four young children would have been an easy decision. Expecting these guys to play fifteen Tests, with nine away in the next twelve months is ridiculous, and easy to see why Huss had lost his full commitment and desire for the game. Congratulations on a great career, although i fear you will be irreplaceable.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (December 29, 2012, 12:08 GMT)

2012 REVIEW: great cricketers like tony greig , tiger pataudi passed away . GREAT BATSMEN like dravid , ponting , laxman took retirement , sachin tendulkar retired from odis , now hussey is also going to retire . THE SADDEST YEAR OF CRICKET . WORLD CRICKET WILL NEVER BE THE SAME WITHOUT THESE PLAYERS . MISSS U ALLLLL .

Posted by Dannov747 on (December 29, 2012, 12:00 GMT)

Noo! Hardly any point in watching the ashes now...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:54 GMT)

sad news 4 cricket.....Mr cricket....one of the best player in of all format ....njoyed watching him play everytym

Posted by DanTas on (December 29, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

I used to say that I'd choose David Boon to bat for me if my life depended on it. Then there was a lull, a void. Dravid would have been my choice if the cricketer's nationality was irrelevant to me. Then along along came Mr Cricket. I'd love to see a statistical analysis on just how often and to what extent Michael Hussey was involved in reviving an Australian innings. Huss, you have given much pleasure to many mate. Enjoy retirement and your family!

Posted by MEHATELK on (December 29, 2012, 11:49 GMT)

MR. Mahaanama why u compare hussy with SRT? y dont u compare with yr ssc ground record holder MR,mahela? how many runs and centuries he scored out side ssc he scored. michussy is true legand. but SRT is beyond comparison. you start to criticise other country after your team win single test match in aus or india.

Posted by ShehanJ on (December 29, 2012, 11:46 GMT)

Ageing Sri Lankan and Indian cricketers should take a leaf from Michael Hussey's book.

Posted by ALATIFUSMAN on (December 29, 2012, 11:45 GMT)

truly a gentleman and an excellent cricketer. never saw him give a match at any stage and always played for the team rather than himself. A man with honour and dignity all his playing career and leaves the game with honour and dignity and on his own terms. SAD but true he will be missed.

Posted by ravi_hari on (December 29, 2012, 11:44 GMT)

Very rarely does a player gets world wide accollades like Mr. Cricket has. There could be someone who does not like Bradman. I doubt if there is anyone who will dislike Mike for what he has done to Cricket. Even his opponents would agree that they have enjoyed playing against him and celebrated the most when they saw him score big. 19 tons in 7 years, imagine if he had played 23 years like Sachin he would have scored over 50 tons. He is the perfect team man to have as he never says no to a demand and always eases the pressure without the opposition realising it. He is not a stroke maker like Ricky nor a slam-master like Hayden. He is a gatherer but very effective. The scorer can never rest when he is around as he picks the 1s & 2s at will and sends the ball over the ropes occasionally. I have never seen a cricketer as fit as Mike and he is by far the best runner between the wickets in the world. Give us one more occasion to cheer for you Mike at SCG. It will remain with us for ever!

Posted by ozziespirit on (December 29, 2012, 11:42 GMT)

Well we can kiss the Ashes goodbye. Hussey was a great player, but he was too often the only dependable one who could salvage us in times of crisis. England will be too strong for us next ear.

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 11:41 GMT)

Hussey the true legend! I can understand how Tendulkar becomes one of the most overrated batsmen while Hussey becomes one of the most underrated batsmen in the same era. Specially last two decades Australia produced all time greats like Hayden,Ponting,Gilchrist,Warne,McGrath etc. So it's difficult for a single person to win the attention of all medias of the country. Where as Tendulkar who has never topped ICC rankings for more than 2 years during his 23 year old career and outside top 10 for nearly 40 % of the time could get the attention of Indian media as a result of lack of sporting heroes in India. Even though Tendulkar has never been a match winner like Hussey he's the only Indian batsman in the team who could hold the bat at the times flat tracks were not there. Therefore he could become the most media hyped sportsman while Hussey has been a hero among heroes. Being a true match winner who always carried the burden of his team Hussey can be rated as one of the all time greats.

Posted by PACERONE on (December 29, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Hussey was truly a good cricketer. You watch him go to his fielding position and it looked like he was eager to get there.He was a batsman that could score quickly and not have many fours or sixes.His running between the wicket was a joy to watch.Picking the gaps in the field was an art with him.He will make an excellent coach.Australia will gain from his retirement as he will be able to help young Australians,He wants to be home so other nations will have little or no chance of hiring him.

Posted by ozziefan08 on (December 29, 2012, 11:40 GMT)

Wow this totally took me by surprise. I really thought he would retire next year after the home ashes. Our middle order is now very bare and can see a few batting collapses on the horizon. Huss how do you describe such an amazing cricketer? He never gave up on a test debut and I was lucky enough to be there when he finally got his baggy green. He played some of the best test innings I've seen especially in his first series against the South Africans how he batted with our tailenders. Huss thanks for the memories there are so many and we all wish you well in the next phase of your career.

Posted by Akshita29 on (December 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

I just can't believe . A man at the top of form retiring from international cricket . Just wonder how much runs he would have scored had he debuted at the age of 21 or something like that . Congrats to Mr Cricket on a amazing career.

Posted by Ricciardo2014 on (December 29, 2012, 11:37 GMT)

Farewell Huss! He made such an impact in cricket even though he started so late. He managed to break into and stay in that dominant Aussie batting line-up that so many other huge talents couldn't quite manage to sustain(Brad Hodge). A role model cricketer. I hope you make a big score in Sydney for yourself and the late Tony Greig. 2013 is gonna be the year of the young Aussie boys....how will they react? I wouldn't write them off just yet.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

Well he was the best finisher after micheal bevan ...TEam will surely miss him i think great loss for AUSTRALIA CRICKET

Posted by hhillbumper on (December 29, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

he was a good batsman and will be sorely missed by Aus. it is amazing how thin the batting line up will look in future. Good luck Huss and even more so good luck to Aus

Posted by Nutcutlet on (December 29, 2012, 11:28 GMT)

In every side there are cricketers almost everyone warms to, regardless of whether they are friend or foe. In my list Michael Hussey has been at the top for good while: there has been so much to admire. He has come across as the model team man, thoroughly professional, thoroughly honest & boundlessly enthusiastic. As the years have rolled by, it's been obvious that his fitness is extraordinary & that is not something that is painlessly acquired or maintained. Above all, he has that priceless asset that is found only in mature human beings: he knows & understands himself very well & that is why he has made his surprise announcement that has stunned the world of cricket. For MH wearing the baggy green demands that he is absolutely at the top of his game & the moment has come when he senses that he is no longer quite that: 99% is not 100%. He's a role model for all cricketers in all respects & that now includes how to conduct yourself on leaving the game, self-respect at 100%, as ever.

Posted by featurewriter on (December 29, 2012, 11:27 GMT)

As usual, Hussey's timing is impeccable. Easily my favourite cricketer of the past decade - long before he made his Test debut. A wonderful ambassador for the sport. Thanks for the memories Huss.

Posted by DylanBrah on (December 29, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Wow, what a shock! Hussey was to be a key part of our Ashes hopes next year. With Ponting gone, now Hussey, it looks like a new era truly has begun. Time to drop Cowan and move Hughes to opener, then we can bring in Khawaja and Burns.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 29, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

@Mitcher, I also forgot to add Harris, Siddle, Hilfenhaus, Cummins and Starc also to the list of great bowlers in my response to you. When good quality bowling exists, no way can you have an average in the 90s as a batsman.

Posted by VivtheGreatest on (December 29, 2012, 11:25 GMT)

Adios Mr Cricket, a great player and also one of the more gentlemanly Aussie cricketers of recent times, Mark Taylor being the only other one who comes to mind immediately. He was also arguably the fittest player in world cricket even at this age. So now that basically leaves Australia with no batsman worth the name bar Clarke. Interesting times ahead!!

Posted by Sir.Ivor on (December 29, 2012, 11:22 GMT)

Mr Cricket was one of the greatest batsmen to have played for Australia. Though he was selected late for lack of vacancies perhaps and possibly, the inability of the then selectors to see rich pedigree, he was a a role model for young cricketers the world over be it with his batting and fielding skills or his willingness to help out young players. That perhaps explains, the frequency with which he could shepperd the lower order when the team needed runs from him. Unsung like many were during his time, he may not have been written about as much as the Pontings and the Clarkes of the Australian team. But for sheer tenacity he was Australia's go-to man in a tough situation. The world will miss him when he retires. I wish him the very best of luck after he is done with international cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

He is the True Gentleman Of Australian Cricket. It would be a Great Loss for Aussies in Bat and Field!!! Will miss his Fighting spirit in Batting and Fielding which is next to Jhonty Rodes!!! All the Best Hussey!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:16 GMT)

Mr. Cricket must play for sometime, atleast till next year ashes

Posted by MartinC on (December 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Great player and will be a huge loss for Oz. He leaves a bigger hole than Pontng - not that he was a better player than Ponting over his career, but he was still scoring heavily right to the end unlike Ponting who was very patchy at best over his last 12 months or so. Big questions all over the Oz batting lineup now apart from Clarke.

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 29, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

@Mitcher, surely mate during the Bradman era the quality of bowling was far far below that of today. Were there many great bowlers of the callibre of Steyn, Philander, Morkel, Finn, Anderson, Swann, Gul etc back in the 1930s? Certainly not.

Posted by gnanzcupid on (December 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

Huss my boy. The country respects your decision. You will be always remembered for your 'never say die' attitude. You are a fighter and an excellent finisher. Finish the test career by taking a hundred or two. That will be great. It will not be the greatest of victories as the lankan team is now as battered as a dead snake. But though i wish you to say goodbye with a win. You deserve it.

Posted by crzcric on (December 29, 2012, 11:10 GMT)

he is the best player in this decade.There is no doubt about it.weather its a green track or a spinning track he is the one to watch.and the other thing he not a selfish player like other batsmens who has more averages.he always think about team and did what is required for the team at the moment.he don't have 13000+ runs but he is a genuine match winner.never thought about his personal average.and look where he batted.he always batted at no 5/6 position unlike other selfish batman. he always play according to the game.well played mate.its sad we cant see you after next test. A TRUE HIGH CLASS PLAYER.WERE GONNA MISS U LEGEND!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 29, 2012, 11:08 GMT)

Best move Clarke down to 7 to protect him further from the new ball, this house of cards batting line up full of bunnies of Anderson and co will ensure The Ashes will remain at the home of cricket next year.

Posted by Paul_Rampley on (December 29, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

Husseyis a legend of the game, pleae do no retire as you are the wall of australia. The player to replace you will have big shoes to fill, it should be Khawaja but how do you replace a legend.

Posted by challagalla on (December 29, 2012, 11:04 GMT)

Wish Tendulkar would learn from Hussey to retire on a high. Hussey clearly had two more years ahead of him. Australia would miss the solidarity that he brought to the middle order.

Posted by amilag on (December 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Many player who are greedy and quite old hanging there for money and glory can learn a lesson from this gentlemen.. Mr. Crickter..Hats off to such a wonderful cricket talent..

Posted by vrn59 on (December 29, 2012, 11:03 GMT)

Very sad news! Mike Hussey is a champion cricketer: one of the world's finest.

Posted by D.Sharma on (December 29, 2012, 11:02 GMT)

Good on him. A top cricketer.

Posted by crzcric on (December 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

hahah LUCKY INDIA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 11:00 GMT)

What a bold decision to retire on a high, fantastic!! Hussey has been truly Mr Cricket!! I really cannot recollect Hussey being really out of form in Tests and onedays. And he is a team man to the core always putting country's interest first and not his personal glory. I have lost count on how many times this guy has come out and rescued Australia during crisis situations. Australia middle order will miss him for sure and they have lost two greats in a matter of days, the vacancies not easy to fill up. But that is the way it works, Australia normally pick up team on form not on name or fame. Of course they have great bench strength which makes thing easy for them. Anyway, Hussey will be missed a lot in cricket field. Take a bow Mr Cricket, you are a LEGEND and hope to see you turn up more for CSK!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:58 GMT)

As a Pom, I am saddened, would have loved to have seen him at Lord's again - such a class act.

Posted by Number_5 on (December 29, 2012, 10:57 GMT)

Huss, ending your career as you played. ALL CLASS. We will miss you in India and the Ashes and its hard to see us replacing you for a long time. All the best champ.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (December 29, 2012, 10:56 GMT)

So the game has started boring him. No Surprise. Cricket has to be revamped. All three formats have to be combined. Aus, SA, Eng and one other team only should be allowed to play top level cricket. Pakistan for cheating, Sri Lanka for lack of interest(The way Sri Lanka plays in Australia has caused the death of Tony Graig and now a brilliant player to retire), Bangladesh for lack of skill and Zim for the same reason should be chucked out. So India, West Indies and New Zealand would compete for the fourth spot every 4 years. Surely India would be in so it will be Aus,SA,Eng and India will compete in a new game called by same name test cricket but it includes all three formats. The brilliant Hussey might make a comeback then.

Posted by sherishahmir on (December 29, 2012, 10:52 GMT)

With that decision the great era of australian cricket seems to be also ended v soon, players like ponting, Hayden,Gilchirst,langer, Steve Waugh,warne,macgrath, Demian martin, Hussey r exceptional talented players, great decision which also surprising as well in sense with that fitness, Hussey can easily play for atleast more 10 years but the professionalism,commitment and love for the game and country is paramount to him which is vey rare in many players for other countries and should betaken as example of greatness from Australians.

Posted by npc_cricketlover on (December 29, 2012, 10:50 GMT)

this news has sent me into a hang for sometime. A great cricketer who is in sublime form now calls it quits....2012 lost a great deal of cricketers in the form of dravid, laxman, ponting, boucher, strauss and now HUSSY. his age may be deterrent but his form meant he could have stuck to his team for another couple of yrs and may be even the 2015 wc.. BUT anyways its his decision. Will miss MR CRICKET....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:48 GMT)

@ Mahanaaama.. There is a scenario 3. In one country they cannot have enough fit players to complete the obligations to international matches...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:44 GMT)

Sad to see him go. I thought he would want to help the Aussies out over the next 15 months or so, but I can understand his choice. A great player. What are the Aussies options now? From the outside they have a decent if not especially consistent bowling attack, but the batting - Clark aside - really looks very weak indeed.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:41 GMT)

What a phenomenal career Michael Hussey has had. He would be my first choice inclusion in any team picked. He is the world's greatest number 6 batsman of all time. Not just Mr Cricket, but Mr Reliable, and a true team man.Thank you, Mike Hussey, for being such an inspiration to watch. May your last test be just as great as so many others that you played.

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 10:37 GMT)

@Helen Whelan on (December 29 2012, 07:47 AM GMT) "Why, why, why, still on top and magnificent!"

Helen, you have asked three questions, and answered them as well!

Posted by disco_bob on (December 29, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

This is bittersweet news. It's good to know that he's going out on top and hopefully in style, and but it's sad because he is great to watch and has been playing so well, no decline in performance even at 37. However, now that Ponting is gone we will definitely be able to give our new batsmen a decent run. I guess that this should be good news for Khawaja, and possibly Hughes. Should make for an interesting Ashes campaign.

Posted by Farrukh.91. on (December 29, 2012, 10:30 GMT)

probably ashes would have been a better time to end his career, for Aus are now looking to fill the place of Ponting and Hussey's exclusion will leave them short of experience down the order, still he knows better the circumstances. Good bye to Mike Hussey!

Posted by jmcilhinney on (December 29, 2012, 10:29 GMT)

I think that many would say that Ponting and Tendulkar have hung on a bit too long but, if you still have the desire to play the game, I can understand why it would be hard to give it up. If Hussey doesn't still have that desire then it's definitely the right decision to go. Given that he started his international career later than most, I would have expected him to want to play on but it's a personal decision and family comes first. No doubt that he will be sorely missed as he's one of the most talented and consistent players in the world. Whatever Hussey himself may say, I've no doubt that this will be a significant blow to Australia. Not only will his replacement struggle to achieve the same heights, I think that losing the safety net of Hussey at #6 will put more pressure on the top 4 and perhaps Clarke as well. Whether or not that affects their performances remains to be seen.

Posted by FM97 on (December 29, 2012, 10:24 GMT)

NO !! Mike Hussey is the only batsmen whom I admire in the current Australian team in all formats of the game. I can't believe he is gonna retire. A batsman who could play in any position and a bowler who could take some freakish wickets is gonna retire ? Well he has had a short but a fantastic career and his encyclopaeidc knowledge of the game might just land him in the commentary box. The only good thing about his decision is that he would be completely free to play for Chennai superkings, my fav IPL team .

Posted by SajithKrishnaS on (December 29, 2012, 10:22 GMT)

This guy has left a lump on my throat! Mike Hussey- the greatest team-man/finisher/gully fielder EVER! MR.CRICKET! I needn't be an Australian or a Chennaite to be your fan! We'll miss your charm! :'(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:20 GMT)

Goes out when on top of his game! - Respect and surprise!

Posted by Engr.TahirShah on (December 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

This is as surprising a news as it can be. I just simply can't beleive it. Two unbeleivable news, first the sad demise of Tony Grieg's death and now retirement of Mr. Cricket. Beleive me no one in the world would've imagined he will retire at a stage, where he is on top of his game, but height of professionalism, patriotism and selflessness. He realised that he may no longer deliver the kind of enthusiasm and energy required to earn wins for his country, hence call it a day. What an example this man has set for all the professional players around the world, not only in cricket, but all sports. This is truly a great example for everyone. Hats off to you Mr. Hussey. Will truly be missed by Australian team in particular and cricket fans around the world in general. Pressure mounting on Sachin for sure. All the best Hussey.

Posted by Mahaanama on (December 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

See two cases. 1) "You're born in a country where ur national team doesn't have good middle order so they let 16 years old school boys to play in the national team & even if u can't make ur debut ton for 5 years in ODIs still u can secure ur place in the team". Still u bat as an opener for 20+ years & u get most number of overs in history to bat as only 2 players are allowed to field outside 30 yards when you bat. As no other gets these lucky opportunities statistically it's difficult for others to score as many runs as u. So u can be a hero for media. 2)"Hussey, u're born in a country where ur team is world No1 that has best batsmen in the world so u can lose ur place in the team if u fail in 3 consecutive matches. U hardly get an opportunity to bat number of overs as u bat at number 6 & every time u have to bat at crucial times of the match but u won matches & still have a better average than previously mentioned overrated batsman.Thats's why u become a true hero in heart of cricket"

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

A true legend! Simply put, he is one of my all time greats and will certainly be missed. A true example of what PASSION is. There's so much that youngsters can learn from you. Good luck Mr Cricket!!!

Posted by TYJAY on (December 29, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

He is escaping ashes and he knows it is better to retire at the end of the SL series where his average would be maintained. In England he would not have much luck as England quickies ball well for lefties. So he knows before he gets kick out of the team it is better to leave with dignity.

Aussies can focus on putting young guys in. I do hope Kawaja will find a permanent spot in Aussies line up.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

Mr. Cricket u can play atlst for another 2 yrs.

Posted by dunger.bob on (December 29, 2012, 10:15 GMT)

This is shocking news but it gladdens my heart that Huss. seems to be respected and loved by cricket fans from all over the world. For me, he was the ultimate team player. He had an uncanny knack of knowing exactly the right pace to bat at given the situation of the match. If it meant he should hit out and risk loosing his wicket he never hesitated and personal milestones just didn't seem to enter into his thinking. That's why he truly is Mr. Cricket. ... just an unbelievably intelligent and selfless player who was a joy to watch. .. thanks Mike, we're all going to miss you.

Posted by indirockz on (December 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

2012 indeed will be known as the BLACK YEAR in world cricket as we lost so many majestic cricketers in 2012 - Sachin, Ponting, Dravid, Lee, Laxman, Boucher, Tony Greig (RIP) and now Mr. Cricket. Cricket world will always be thankful to these legends for their contributions

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:14 GMT)

way to go.....great cricketer...

Posted by ningaraj12 on (December 29, 2012, 10:13 GMT)

we miss u mr.cricket..........

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

I am surprised with his decision. Though he s 37 but has been playing only for seven years. Australia has two tough tours India and England and they are losing him at wrong time. His retirement is bigger lose then even Ponting Mohan

Posted by rickyvoncanterbury on (December 29, 2012, 10:12 GMT)

congratulations on a great carrer Huss,...... Mr consistant, Mr likeable, Mr cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

He is the only one batsman in the history of cricket who has dominated opposition in all 3 forms of International cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:11 GMT)

This is just a superb article....All the highlights of his career are there and even those who don't even know him would get to know how great he is! .I have come back to this page some 10 times in disbelief of the news...Still very sad...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

This is the huge loss to ckt. after sir Brain charles lara has retired. what seprates hussey, from others is that he was biggest matchwinner unlike others ,to me he is greatest cricketer after sir Brain lara,. This is really bad news for world ckt. How many matchs he had won single handedly for aus. truely you have left a great void in world ckt. which will never befilled. Great cricketer ,last but not least selfless cricketer...

Posted by maf17 on (December 29, 2012, 10:08 GMT)

Well, well, at one stage it looked like were going to England with Dad's Army, now with Ponting & Hussey gone it'll be Pup's Litter. New life for players like Johnson & Hilfenhaus, because experience will be in short supply. Vale, Mr Cricket, you will be missed by all your fans in Australia & abroad.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

Mike Hussey is retiting after the SCG Test. I was shocked and saddened to read this, but i guess all good things must come to an end.

Just a few days back, Punter retired and now this news. Hope, Sachin, reads this and goes out on his own terms for the good of the game.

Any ways, Good Luck, Mate and Here's wishing you and your family A very Happy New Year and all the best for the future ahead.

And finally THANK U for all the wonderful moments you gave us, be it batting or fielding. Cheers Mate!!!

Posted by vatsap on (December 29, 2012, 10:05 GMT)

That's a real shocker for cricket fans world wide. Possibly Australia's most loved cricketer outside Australia after Steve Waugh. Hussein pro ed that cricket can be played hard and won, without playing dirty tricks and needling the opposition and the umpires. What commitment on the field., would be very surprised if he was ever hauled up in front of the match referee. In a season of farewells this one is a toughie. All the best and we will miss you during the India series.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:04 GMT)

This is what I call Class Act unlike a certain other Indian cricket player that deprives youngsters of their opportunity just because "He enjoys the game".

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

Why ??Mr.Cricket Why ?? I really amazed with his decision as he is in his prime form throughout this summer..Aussis will need his service for upcoming Indian Tour as well as for Ashes..Anyway Hats of to the legend Who've given so much to the game...!! Wish u all the best for your future Huss...!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 10:02 GMT)

I'm sad that we won't see him play again, was looking forward to the summer series, but congratulations on a wonderful career. I was one of the England fans that knew if he'd been selected ahead of Martyn in the 2005 Ashes, we wouldn't have won.

The best compliment that can be paid is that when he walked in to bat we really feared that we might not get him out before he'd done serious damage. And we enjoyed it.

Posted by AnImpatientFan on (December 29, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

We can say goodbye to the Border-Gavaskar Trophy now.

Posted by prasadram on (December 29, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

One of the most respectful player who has played the gentlemen's game as it should be. He doesn't involve in any verbal spat or any nonsense(which is associated with almost all australian players) and just goes abt his business. A great finisher in one day and T20 and reliable middle order batsman in tests. World cricket will definetely miss one of the cleanest cricketer atlest in tests as of now.

Go and get 100 in ur last test Mr.Cricket!!!!!

Posted by indianpunter on (December 29, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

As an indian, watching games vs Australia of late have been a draining experience. As much as i wanted India to win, i wanted Huss to do well. That is the kind of influence he had over rival supporters and teams. The ultimate team man and that quality shone thru. An unbelievable gully fielder, a superb athlete and an extra ordinary batsman in all forms of the game; he goes out on his own terms and when the world is asking ,"why?".. not "why not?". You will be sorely missed. Congratulations on a fantastic career and i hope you have a fulfilling retirement with your family and friends.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

wow that's a shocker..ponting, sachin now this...wats next?? kallis??

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

such a terrific cricketer world has ever seen.. will miss u onfield mikee!!!!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (December 29, 2012, 9:53 GMT)

This is a shock to me, my favourite Aussie cricketer of all time. He is much respected all around the world as he is a good, honest bloke. Gave 100% to the game and its only a shame he got picked so late. Best of luck to the future.

Posted by abidsalim on (December 29, 2012, 9:52 GMT)

A champion cricketer, an accumulator with a never say die attitude. Truly lived up to his name of Mr. Cricket and no one deserves it any better than him. He has achieved in his career of 7-8 years what many people don't over a decade. His master class innings in Twenty20 world cup against Pakistan forever will be fresh in my memory. Its Cricketers like him who deserve a Salute from every person associated with the great game of cricket. RESPECT.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (December 29, 2012, 9:51 GMT)

One of the Best Player of Last decade can be held high With Tendulkar, Lara, Dravid, Ponting though he debuted in 30's otherwise he would have scored atleast 12-13k if he would have debuted in time when Dravid-Ponting debuted. Great finisher and great person, he deserves Mr. Cricket title more than any one. 2012 has consume the great cricketers starting with Dravid, Lee (Odi), Boucher, Laxman, Strauss, Ponting, Tendulkar (Odi) and now the Hussey with this golden era of cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Better Than Bevan....Mr. Cricket.... Cricket will miss your temperament on crease...

Posted by yocasi on (December 29, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Best wishes to Hussey as he ends one phase and enters another. A true champion and decent human being. Cheers from Grenada, West Indies!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

MR. Cricket u will always b remembered!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

Too many shocks today. First the demise of Tony Grieg and now the retirement announcement of Mike Hussey. Huss has been my most favorite player in the Oz team ever since Shane Warne retired. He has been a symbol of all that is good about aussie cricket and his retirement is going to leave a very big hole in the side that will take time ti fill. It is particularly disappointing for me as I was toying with the idea of going the stadium and watching him in action at Hyderabad which has been reallocated the Test from Kanpur. Hussey has combined tow rare qualities passion and patience by waiting so long for his debut but did not allow that delay to douse his passion for the game. His records speak for themselves. He has shown a wonderful timing in making the announcement in the sense it has come at a time when Ozs are playing a dead rubber against Sri Lanka allowing everyone to give him a great farewell without worrying too much about such a distraction affecting the series result.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Hats off to this great cricketer. He has another 2-3 yrs of cricket left in him, but this is the true spirit. The game should not be used as a medium to get fame and earn money as Indian cricketers !!!

Posted by swat1999 on (December 29, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

Oh God!! retirement of Mike Hussey is shocking for me but i am glad to see that he is one of the cricketet who retire while is in great form. He is one of the greatest limited over cricket for world cricket. His match winning innings against pakistan in T20 world cup in carribean is one of the best in cricketing history. A great fielder, catcher and and very attractive personnel Wel done Micheal Hussey, Thanks for your valuable contribution for world cricket. I am not Australian but i am your great fan

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:42 GMT)

At-least Mr. Cricket has the grace to hang his boots... I will definitely watch Sydney Test... Hoping for a glorious adios to an exciting cricketer... LEGEND!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

best finisher of all time even better than bevan

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

What a player. What a champion. THIS is leaving on a high.

Respect and love from India for Mr. Cricket - one of my all-time favs

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:39 GMT)

One of my favourite cricketer and Excellent player from Australia miss him a lot

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:37 GMT)

whatttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt. whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy hussey why?????????? dont do that to your cricket fans

Posted by spinyeel on (December 29, 2012, 9:36 GMT)

I am an England supporter through and through but Mike Hussey has my total respect. Arguably the most consistent batsman of the last decade. A true professional in every regard.

Posted by RD36 on (December 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Respect....this is the way to go out, on a high, when people are asking why? rather than why not? A champion player who'll be missed.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

Hats off to Mr. Cricket extremely fit athelete at the age of 37 and scoring runs in almost every match of every format i like him from the early days of his career wish you good luck for your future

Posted by IKISM on (December 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

It is indeed a sad day for cricket. Tony Grieg died and now this Mike Hussey retiring. Loved watching him but I think he chose the right time because he was at his peak. A great player and good fielder and a great ambassdor of cricket.

Posted by gtzshotta on (December 29, 2012, 9:34 GMT)

Wow, the great MR. CRICKET. Talk about a Runs Machine, Aussies will miss him more than Ponting.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Michael Hussey deserved a place in the Australia's Invincible Team in which Bevan played, Bevan was lucky to be born earlier than Hussey to have played with them, nonetheless both of them are equals and true CHAMPIONS! Australia have lost a cricketer whom they will dearly miss for the upcoming Ashes and India series. My Top 2 memories of Michael will be his 25 ball 60* against Pakistan in the t20'2010 to take his team to the FINAL in an incredible match where he and Johnson got 33 runs of the final two overs and chased down 193 AND his 9th wicket stand with Peter Siddle in the 2nd innings when Australia had a 200 run deficit from the first innings and then went on to Win the match. THANK YOU SIR MICHAEL HUSSEY :)

Posted by hris on (December 29, 2012, 9:33 GMT)

Among the best players i have seen. And probably the most versatile batsman. Could bat from number 1 in a test match in seaming and bouncy conditions to number 7 in a t20 game in the subcontinent with equal effectiveness. Whether it be going down the pitch and attacking a spinner in turning pitches or play opening bowlers on grassy wickets. No Problem.

Could finish a game like Bevan or Dhoni, or could grind like Dravid in the middle of an innings, or play with the tail like a Laxman would.

And the best thing about him - More often than not he scored runs when his team needed 'em badly. There is no better quality than that in a player.

He would be my first pick for a batsman. More than Ponting, or Clarke, Hayden or anyone else. If you had to pick one batsman for Tests, ODIs, T20. Its an easy choice for me.

Posted by jammm on (December 29, 2012, 9:32 GMT)

the best cricketer to be frank. Mr dependable.won many matches single handedly biggest mistake by Cricket australia to select him after age of 30 +, hope the realize

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:31 GMT)

oh man should have played india tour and ashes.. anyway u vil be available for full season of ipl..... ALL THE BEST to the rest of ur life.. never seen a batsman who can change his batting to the condition like u

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:30 GMT)

oh boy,what a sad news,for world cricket. He was truely the best matchwinner in odi and also in tests. One of the best cricketer world have ever seen ,what others have achieved in 15 or 20 years ,this mr. cricket has achieved it in only 7or 8 yeaars ,but with very high match winning%. so truely a living legend ,every country would like to have such a precious jewel. My favorite cricketer ,i will miss you great legend . He is a great achiever ,no one would achieve such a remarkable career in such a short span.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

True Match Winnder for Australia.. Mr.Consistent!!! Mr.Cricket!!! will surely miss him!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:26 GMT)

another product of strong aussie lineups and umpiring interference who shone mostly against weak oppositions at home and hardly in any consequential match. Good news the names are decreasing for australia like their team wanning off. RIP...........

Posted by Sunil_Batra on (December 29, 2012, 9:22 GMT)

I just can't believe this! I really wish he played on for a few more years! He's the best finisher in the game and has won Australia so many matches and batted under pressure! I reckon after seeing Ponting retire he decided for himself to give the next generation a go, especially with Khawaja unlikely to get a chance to fill in for Clarke. I'd love for Hussey to keep playing though, he could definitely continue. Khawaja deserves a chance and to show what he can do at the top level and should slot in now for the Indian series. One of the all-time greats. Than you Huss for the last 10 years. Great batsman, great team player and an even better person. Waiting for a big ton at the SCG, i will be going to watch.

Posted by satanswish on (December 29, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

We will all miss you Mr. Cricket. True Gentleman cricketer who gave more than 100% for his side. All the best for your future Huss!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:21 GMT)

Well what a shocker..I think he could have played on for at least 2-3 years more. Hats off to a great cricketer who extracted 150% of his ability everytime..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:20 GMT)

Shocking decision!!!!! He should play 3-4 yrs more bcoz OZ's doesn't have proper alternative to Mr. Cricket. They need him at least in the upcoming ashes. He retires when the OZ cricket needs him most. So in my opinion it's not the right time to retire. Huss, plz plz plz don't go. We wanna see u with the baggy green playing those sweet cover drive, thrashing pull,biting cut, smashing swipe & not to mention the true cricketing spirit. We don't wanna loose another champion after punter.

Posted by Marcio on (December 29, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

Very sad and unexpected, given his great form over the past 18 months. But only Mr Cricket knows when the right time is to go. One reason I am so surprised is because his enthusiasm for the game appears undiminished, and his attitude and fitness as sharp as ever. And there is the gap for Khawaja to slot into the team. It is awkward timing though, coming before the Indian tour and back to back Ashes.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

what a player........!a thoroughly entertaining player!! class playr. hats off for an awesome career.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:15 GMT)

Truly Mr. Cricket. Had he made his debut in his 20s, he would have been one of the greats, but still very dedicated and hardworking cricketer. He timed his retirement aptly.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

Oooh no..today is bad day for cric...1st tony passes away now Mr Cricket is leaving from cric...U r Legend hussy,, after starting at the age 30,u hold amaizing stats..i think best avg if u combine all 3 formats..we gona Miss u alot and good luck for rest of ur life.. MISS U FOREVER MISS CRICKET from a PAKISTAN fan

Posted by MEHATELK on (December 29, 2012, 9:13 GMT)

BAD LAST SATURDAY for international cricket, indian players and to certain extent eng players will feel relief after hearing this news. this is not the time to compare hussy with SRT. every body talking about playing under pressure and winning single handedly .but if u take SRT having reached his peak in mid 90s he always played under huge pressure of fans expectation and pressure from the media.no one else in any sport would have faced such kind of pressure for ever.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:12 GMT)

Good consistent batsman... and ideal for young cricketer

Posted by Mary_786 on (December 29, 2012, 9:11 GMT)

Good on ya Huss, no one can ask anymore of someone who has played so well for so long.Thanks for all the Memories Mate, and all the best for you and your Family for the Future. What a Great Career. GetaClue lets give the NSP credit and i am assuming Khawaja will now be bought in to allow him time to get ready for the ashes. Will be tougher to get the ashes now but the younger batsman in Hughes, Khawaja, and Cowan need to stand up now.

Posted by saimon143 on (December 29, 2012, 9:10 GMT)

Mr. Cricket leaving Test Cricket?! If the IPL, BPL, BBL, and other PL's around the world weren't enough to take the glamor out of test cricket, this has to be a body blow to it. Even through Clarke's golden run and SA's dominance throughout the year, one thing that stood out in 2012 was Hussey's consistency. Be it tests, T20s or ODIs, Hussey was there for his team. Ever the gentleman, he has carried Australia after Ponting's slump in form and through the transitional period of Australian cricket. I support his decision to spend more time with his family, but this has got to be one sad year of goodbyes in recent memory :-(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

Those cricketers who are repeatedly ignored despite their talent can draw lot of inspiration from Hussey. It is amazing to see that Hussey made debut after turning 30 and then played another 78 tests scoring over 11000 runs in tests and ODI. He is one of the most flexible batsman who can fit into ODI's, 20-20's and tests unlike many other so-called greats who cannot easily adapt to all three formats.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 9:06 GMT)

every top player are perfect against particualr ball /pitch ..same way weakness agaiant spin,pace,boiunce or swing....

but hussey is not 100% perfect agaisnt all ball..but he got less weakness agianst any ball /any pitch...

Posted by Mitch069 on (December 29, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Wha player, have always loved him and hope he keeps close to the australian cricket team love him. Agree with popcorn and Hatsforbats that this decision has been taken to allow Khawaja time in the middle before the ashes. ClueGeek i don't think the selectors will avoid Khawaja this time around. Hussey is the last of the greats to give the game up and we will miss him.

Posted by rustyryan on (December 29, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Enuf guys, If all these gentlemen retire together, then cricket wil lose all its divinity. Hope Kallis wont join the list. I dont remember when was the last time all the legends retire in a single year. You have been a legend and will always be one. Thanks a lot for the memories , Mr. Cricket

Posted by Paracha420 on (December 29, 2012, 9:05 GMT)

Oh what a shocking news but the best thing is he is retiring on a high Mr.Cricket a computer fitted in his mind he is a gr8 player we will remember u as one of the most stubborn players of all time......Michael Hussey

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

All the best "Mr.Cricket". Though surprising, his decision is at the right time.He is leaving on a high note having performed exceedingly well against the Proteas and SL.His dedication and determination was remarkable which was reflected in his performance. Mr.Tendulkar take a clue.......

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

There will be no cricket after Mr. Cricket!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 9:02 GMT)

Michael Hussey an amazing batsman

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

Going out at the top, nothing quite like being remembered as brilliant to the last. Well done Mr Cricket, as nuggety an Aussie as we have seen since Tugger & Border. He'd have been 38+ at next years Ashes and he represents the last of the previous generation of Aussie batsman - I wouldn't mind betting that Inverity tapped him on the shoulder and spoke of it being time to bring another youngster on and that despite brilliant form he wouldn't be going - His name has been on the same short list as Haddin & Ponting. It could well be the best thing yet to happen to Shane Watson who isn't really good enough to make it just as a top 6 batsman in test cricket & too injury prone to continue being an allrounder who contributes enough with the ball. With Hussey now departing, Watsons somewhat average record and stocks suddenly appear to be more valuable again. 2 test hundreds in 38 tests (69 innings) is simply too poor to continue with, except Husseys retirement holds the door open yet again

Posted by Bruisers on (December 29, 2012, 8:56 GMT)

@BDforever @KarachiKid - What is the need of bringing Sachin into this discussion? Can't you haters just give it a rest?

Posted by Mitcher on (December 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

@Sinhaya: What evidence do you wish to forward that it was easier to maintain avgs above 90 in the 1940s? I guess it was easy for the undisputed greatest bat of all time Don Bradman? Who else made this feat easy? Pray tell.

Posted by Lovetesh on (December 29, 2012, 8:52 GMT)

Dravid, Laxman, Ponting, Sachin, Hussey...2012 is a year of retirements. Most of the legends are suddendly gone. Best of luck to Hussey. Hope to see you in IPL matches at least.

Posted by ars29 on (December 29, 2012, 8:47 GMT)

Oh dear No! its too early to go! Aus will miss a true match winner! Another legend just fall after Ponting! Aus will be on trouble in this ashes!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Now that is how one should retire! At the peak, and when people are asking why? and not Why not? Michael Hussey, its been a pleasure watching you win matches single handedly for all the teams that have been lucky enough to have you around. Kudos to a wonderful career! Most cricketers have critics and fans. Here's to one who just had fans. :) Wish you an awesome life post international cricket!

Posted by Junikamra on (December 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Real match winner hat's of to hussey (Mr.Cricket).. Thaks for ur contribution in cricket.. Best of luck for ur future...

Posted by venkatqwerty04 on (December 29, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

Its very brave decision by my all time favourite mr.cricket.its big blow for aussie!!!!!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:40 GMT)

Good news for India :)........................

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:37 GMT)

Hussey Ji ... Tussi Great Ho. A true professional who put family before career. Great timing. Left when people wanted you to stay and play on. An attribute missing in sun-continent stars be it India, Pakistan or any other country.

Posted by Ajronald on (December 29, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

I think Hussey understands all the chaos going on in Australian cricket - one bad series and people are gonna question him. Good that he retires on his peak. Just don't understand what administrators are going to do without great cricketers? Hats off Huss, you are truly Mr.Cricket!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:31 GMT)

What the hell? He is riding the surf! He's at the peak! He's the most senior! He has plenty left in him! Why retire now? Goodness me! Whats happening to all the legends? They all r deserting the grand arena of cricket! :(

Posted by Sinhaya on (December 29, 2012, 8:29 GMT)

You are simply fantastic. Why I say so is that as a big time cricket follower, I have not come across one single batsman who did superbly after debuting only at the age of 30. Your fielding is perhaps the best. I know your batting average in early 2008 was a "Bradmanesque" average of the high 90s, but the Windies tour of 2008 meant it had to come down at some point as hard to maintain such averages in this age unlike in the 1940s. I also have to congratulate for retiring in a very honorable way, which many other greats have failed to do so. Hope Usman Khawaja will be your replacement. Good luck in your retirement life and you will be badly missed.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

These are sad and testing times for cricket. Mr cricket retiring? Can't believe it!

Posted by HatsforBats on (December 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

The timing of the decision makes sense. But still, considering his excellent form of late, terribly sad to see the end of Hussey. He has been an absolute joy to watch in all aspects of the game and in all forms of the game. This puts the Ashes firmly in England's grasp... and it means an absolute baptism of fire for the newcomer in India. I imagine Khawaja will slot straight in.

Posted by srriaj317 on (December 29, 2012, 8:28 GMT)

Heartbreaking to think I won't be able to see my all-time favourite cricketer on the field soon! I think he has taken a strategic selfless decision for Australia's future as he always seems to be obsessed about the team alone. Maybe he wanted Khawaja to get a look-in to the team before the Ashes and also let the batting accommodate the bowling all-rounder of Watson/Maxwell. Maybe he also wanted to make sure the SCG ticket sales are boosted after SL's dismal performance. However, I am now worried as to whether we have any chance of reclaiming the Ashes back next year!

Posted by Ragav999 on (December 29, 2012, 8:27 GMT)

Michael Hussey has had a wonderful career. It is an emotional moment for his fans world wide. He is the ultimate team man who will dive on grenades for the cause of the team. He is the role model for youngsters with his excellent work ethic, commitment and determination. His boundless energy, presence in the field and the joy on his face after taking one of those excellent catches will be missed for a very long time.

He has earned the right to be considered as the next best Australian batsman after Don Bradman along with Ponting and Greg Chappell due to his versatility and ability to bat at any situation or position.

I hope he has a wonderful and great life ahead.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

Good News for Indian Fans, the best player of Spin Bowling in Australia Middle Order is not retire, so India has another chance to prove, can then beat B Grade Australian Team without Ponting, & Hussey or not

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:23 GMT)

he is one of all time famous player, legend. best wishes for your life mr. cricket. but definitely cricket world will miss you but not your memories

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

2012 is definitely a bad year for Cricket... Too many Fabulous players, Legends and great ambassadors of the game had retired... It already effect on the game...We will miss them all !!!!

Posted by Shazli on (December 29, 2012, 8:22 GMT)

Well played.... Mr Cricket can play more but he secrify for the new blood..... Tendulkar should learn from him and should retire from Test cricket as well....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

Hats off to Hussey for a great career. Also wanted to point out the hypocrisy of the people lauding him for his retirement, and taking digs at SRT not doing the same. If the roles were reversed, the same people would be saying that the Aussie SRT was retiring after easy pickings against Sri Lanka, and avoiding taking on India at home, or facing England in the Ashes.

Posted by BDforever on (December 29, 2012, 8:19 GMT)

Even in the end of his career he still has the ability to win matches single handedly (this is something players like Tendulkar never had). He is one of the best all time players.I don't understand why media always kept talking about overrated players like Tendulkar when we had 100 times better true match winners like Michael Hussey. I rate Hussey ahead of his team mate Ponting and well ahead of overrated Sachin. I still believe Hussey can play till 2015 WC. Cricket world will miss this great master who always played for his country not for records. Wish you all the best Mr. Cricket...!!! We all will miss you great master..:(

Posted by niteshpanchal on (December 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

Mr Cricket... Hats off to your decision. You are the best. That's call the sportsmanship. I don't more words to describe about you. You are one of my Best Cricketer & will be forever...Good Luck to you.

Posted by Lukeb77 on (December 29, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

CHAMPION. Thanks for your time Huss, been great to watch over the years. Another aussie legend gone.

Posted by KarachiKid on (December 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

Thats the difference between a match winner life Hussey who would quit when its best for the team, and Tendulkar, who will not quit just to keep on making useless records. Yes, for India, Dravid, Laxman, Ganguly, Kumble and in modern days Sehwag (a bit flat track bully though) were the match winners. Tendulkar was NEVER a match winner or saver. I never saw him perform when going got tough. Hussey is the champion.

Posted by Rally_Windies on (December 29, 2012, 8:13 GMT)

I am glad to see hussy go....

on of the best cricketers that OZ has produced ...

and one that the OZ selectors LOVE to hate....

what Hussey ever did to OZ selectors, I will never know ......

Now, the OZ selectors will turn their contempt on Mitchel Johnson ...

Posted by Beertjie on (December 29, 2012, 8:12 GMT)

A sad day indeed for world cricket. Go well, Huss. Your 7 years at the top were filled with the greatest achievements and memories. Bittersweet moment. Truly one of the very best I've seen this past 50 years.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Wats wrong with hussey? Onlyy clarke cannot win matches now

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

2012 - Not the End of the World, but looks like more of an End to many Cricketers...Starting from VVS, Rahul, Ricky, Sachin (ODI) ..here goes another champ....He was indeed Mr. Cricket...

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 29, 2012, 8:11 GMT)

Difficult times for an Australian fan now to support a team with a house of cards batting line up, average seam attack and when it comes to the 'spin department' all on offer is a a seamer masquerading as a spinner (Lyon). Yet another Ashes win for England next year.

Posted by Chris_P on (December 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Best wishes to Mister Cricket. Going out on your own terms, at the top of your game, you are a great example for anyone to follow. Sincere best wishes for your family in your next chapter in your life.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (December 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

As the only consistent batsman in an otherwise 3rd-rate batting line up full of bunnies of Anderson and co, The Ashes will no doubt remain at the home of cricket next year.

Posted by MRushby on (December 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

I am mourning Tony Greig and now Mr. Cricket has called it stumps. What next?!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:09 GMT)

Australians surely know how to retire gracefully. Something Indians lacked. If Sachin, Dravid & Saurav retired earlier than they did, they would not have struggled with their form & it would have been a bigger moment to themselves and their fans. Now, its more like ..it had to happen..their age, their body not supporting kind of comments ..something that will hurt these players even more.

Posted by warnerbasher on (December 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Terrific player but the timing is right. I said 2 years ago that Ponting and Hussey should be phased out of test cricket prior to the next Ashes. The regeneration of the Australian cricket needed both these players out of the team and finally its happened. Exciting times ahead as we search for the players to replace both champions

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:08 GMT)

Love Mr. Cricket, he has been a terrific bat, just wish he'd made his debut a couple of years earlier and had of stayed on for one more year. Words can't express my dissappointment that he won't be around for the next few series, but you gotta do what you gotta do. Hats off to you Mr. Cricket, hope retirement treats you well :)

Posted by mansoor777 on (December 29, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Look at hussey and look at sachin. real players quits at right time .

Posted by HowdyRowdy on (December 29, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

Well played Mike Hussey, there will be legions of supporters of other national teams feeling much better about playing Australia (while admiring the way you played your cricket).

As well as Hussey's runs, it's clear that he made agreat contribution to the Australian team via his absolute commitment, enthusiasm, fitness and boundless support for his fellow players.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:07 GMT)

very sad year to see many valuable players who i love are retired rahul dravid- MR wall vs laxman sachin - the GOD ricky- captain hussey-MR cricket

very sad to see this news

Posted by PakFan1209 on (December 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

AND even ricky ponting retired this year

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

My most strongest impressions of Hussey was that he played every game like an eager 19 year old making his test debut. Whether he was fielding, batting or even having the odd bowl, Hussey played every form of the game with enthusiastic energy. Thats why he is, and always will be MR CRICKET!

Posted by eyballfallenout on (December 29, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

Thank you Mr Cricket for all those times i got to watch you play.... good luck

Posted by PakFan1209 on (December 29, 2012, 8:05 GMT)

This year is not coming to a good end first tendulkar retires the tony greig dies and now hussey will retire soo sad

Posted by valvolux on (December 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

Oh my god. I want to praise the man and wish him the best, but now was not the time to retire. Much has been said about pointing leaving it too long, but he did it because there wasn't anyone capable to replace him and still isn't. We need hussey now more than ever. We are cactus come ashes. But fair play, his head was on the chopping block unjustly (in the poor expat Aussie media) every time he missed out so he does deserve to go out on a high.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:04 GMT)

really a sad ending of this year......Mr Cricket ..Aussie Aussie Hussie Hussie.......it ends. wish u all the best for your future.

Posted by ClueGeek on (December 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Mr. CRICKET will be missed. While this may open a big door for Khawaja to return, I won't be surprised if selectors come up with another way to keep Usman out.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

Good Bye Legend :(

probably the Best LEFT HANDER in this Modern Era after Lara :(

The UNSUNG HERO :(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:03 GMT)

sad to hear this news..it seems AUS will struggle in coming days

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

Another Legend and Popularly known as Mr. Cricket is retiring !!!!Can't believe he is retiring at this stage and peak form of his career. Quality batting by Huss has raised the game of Cricket to next level. Australia and the Whole Cricket World loses another Legend after Ricky Ponting..All the very best to HUSS for his future plans. We miss you dear Michael ....

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:02 GMT)

2012 is definitely a bad year for Cricket... Too many Fabulous players, Legends and great ambassadors of the game had retired... It already effect on the game...We will miss them all !!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

Its too much to take in one day as a cricket fan, Tony's sudden demise and now this :(

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (December 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Ozzie batting lineup just got a lot weaker. Will Clarke continue to hide at 5, I don't think he can anymore caus hussey provided such strong support at 6.

Good luck mr cricket pleasure watching you except when you scored tons against the proteas !!!

Posted by Trickstar on (December 29, 2012, 8:00 GMT)

Very likable guy who's going out on his own terms, good luck in the future Muss. He will be missed by Oz, mainly at home though where he was massive because he's very been average overseas, particularly in England, SA & WI, it might be why he's decided to go out now while he's had a good run of form, rather than go abroad and people start calling for his head again. Also he's a great one day player and will rank right up there with some of the other big names.

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (December 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

Micheal Hussey congratulations on a fine career, Champion competitor, Champion Australian. What more can I say !!!! Enjoy your time with the Family

Posted by Nightbat on (December 29, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

You are a legend, Mr. Cricket. You're going out on your own terms, on a high. If only the Little Monster could learn a thing or two from you!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

I hope they blood in Joe Buns and Alex Doolan in the middle order

Posted by cricisfan on (December 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

Hussey = LEGEND You deserve a triple ton

Posted by abidsalim on (December 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

What is going on here! first i hear about tony's death and now Mr. cricket's untimely retirement announcement! CAN THIS DAY GET ANY WORSE!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:56 GMT)

shockingggggggggg never seen any true team player like him.k all d best champion

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:55 GMT)

the world cricket will miss yet another wonderful player. Hats off to the commitment and dedication of micheal HUSSEY. He has always been the best which ever format he has played for. aussies would definitely miss his services for sure, n so as the international cricket,

HUSSEY u rock.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

what a timing eh !! retired unhurt.

Posted by alchemist_sandeep on (December 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

good news for ipl team chennai superkings...

Posted by KingofRedLions on (December 29, 2012, 7:54 GMT)

I like the featured comment being an excerpt from a newspaper article.

Posted by marlon17 on (December 29, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

yet another shocking news... :( Mr Cricket is one of favorite player... Fabulous cricketer.. Great player... no words to describe the ability of Mr Cricket... So Sad...:( :( :( Best of luck for your future life Mr Cricket...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

very shocking news. should have played till next summer. Mr. cricket we will miss you on the field. 200% team player.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

noooooooooooooooooooooo...... Shell shocked...why is he doing this...he has been in good form with bat, awesome on field then i find no reason for him to retire...Please mike come out of your retirement...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

australia team would be more weaker after hussy retirment

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:51 GMT)

good luck Huss and congratulations on an excellent test career.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

sooooooooo sad Great Player

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:50 GMT)

one of the greatest & dependable cricketer under pressure... we will miss him.... salute !!!!!!!!!

Posted by wix99 on (December 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

Michael Hussey is the ultimate cricket professional. It will be sad to see him go but he will be leaving at the top of the game having already scored three Test centuries this summer. I hope he can add one more in Sydney.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:48 GMT)

we willllllllllllllllllll missssssssssssssssss himmmmmmmmmmmmm

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

two most shocking news today...A legendary human left the world and now one of the best batsman quitting cricket...a sad day...

Posted by jonesy2 on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

this is the second time today i have been shocked beyond measure. why oh why oh why are you doing this mike? you could play till youre 45 no word of a lie. this decision makes absolutely no sense.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

this will be end of Australia in batting department.they will struggle surely with out hussy.

Posted by Pakistan_Talented on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Very sad but it's good that one should retire at the peak of career.

Now its the time for Misbah and Afridi to say good bye !!!

Will never forget that 16646 he made in 2010 WT20 against us.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

We miss you me.cricket you very well played in pressure

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:47 GMT)

Why, why, why, still on top and magnificent!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Worse Year of Cricket!! Just 3 Days to End this SAD 2012 Really the Cricket World Feel Like It Has End!! Mr Cricket & Greatest Cricketer & Played 79 Consecutive Test Matches for Australia Without Loss His Place in the Team.... Michel Hussey Say Good Bye to His International Cricket After Sydney Test!! WHAT A LEGEND!!

Posted by zenboomerang on (December 29, 2012, 7:46 GMT)

Michael Edward Killeen Hussey - the only player to be granted the moniker of Mr. Cricket... Well done kid, your match winning exploits will never be forgotten... Salute!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Sad news about Tony Greig. We were team mates at Sussex for 3 years and we shared in many a partnership together. He was a whole hearted cricketer who made the best of his talents. Apart from his batting and bowling abilities he was a fine fielder despite his height, and those bucket hands caught everything. Rest in peace my friend.

Posted by ak_dragon on (December 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

Salute to Mr.Cricketer...Another Legend...Gone... An Alarming Sign for Australian Test Cricket...Need Solid Player like Hussey,Punter...!

Posted by SanatAttavar on (December 29, 2012, 7:45 GMT)

OMG!!! What are we even talking here - the player that he is / the form that he is in / the treatment that was meted out to him - man you've gotta let him play even if he turns up in a wheel chair. Michael Hussey you rock as an indvidual / cricketer - impeccable is the word.

Posted by bMike on (December 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

As I have always seen Hussey as a very competitive player and a headache to opposition. He has always been a better player than media-hyped players like Tendulkar. Wish you all the best for your future Hussey. You will be remembered forever..

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

Thanks for the memories Hussey, Australian cricket will miss you, the English cricket team must be licking their lips right now after this news, I struggle to imagine how many runs he'd of made if he had started 5-10 years earlier than he did.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:44 GMT)

At long last, a player goes out on his own terms with no one even thing about putting his neck on the chopping block. Retire with honour Mr Cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

Great player..........sad news

Posted by popcorn on (December 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

WHAT is HAPPENING? First Ponting now Mike Hussey? Shades of Greg Chappell,Dennis Lillee and Rod Marsh retiring at the same time.Can we NOW STOP SHUFFLING the GOOD Players around? Can we have a SETTLED Batting Line Up? Cowan,Warner,Hughes,Khawaja,Clarke,Watson (also bowls),Wade,Johnson,Siddle,Starc,Lyon? At least in the Fast bowing Line uo we have enough bench strength.Glenn Maxwell is a part time spinner, not a full time spinner.LET"S GET ONE. Maxwell is like Warner - Who ALSO BOWLS PART TIME.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:43 GMT)

aussys will misss him ,,n they need him bit more i m shockd ,not a goood decision

Posted by masoodali150 on (December 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

You are fabulous. Great Cricketer to watch. A man to face pressure situations. Best of luck for your future life.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

Hussey We everyday miss u

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:42 GMT)

What's happening in cricket today? First, Tony Greig dies and now Hussey retires. Wish you all the best Mr. Cricket. A true legend.

Posted by sandy2369 on (December 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

OMG!!! After GOD Mr. Cricket is gonna retire. A man with never say die spirit. Well played Mr. Huss. Thanks 4 all the enjoyment you gave us over the years.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

another classic player retires..Anyway Mr.Cricket retires keeping head up high..cheers and Al the best Hussey..we miis you

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:41 GMT)

MR. cricket.... loads of love

Posted by Biggus on (December 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Fair enough Mike, but we'll miss you, one of the most admirable players I've seen in 40 years of watching.

Posted by HawK89 on (December 29, 2012, 7:39 GMT)

Clarke really needs to bat no. 3 now, he will need as many batsmen to support him since there won't be hussey to help bail australia out.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Well that's how a champion should retire, well done Mr. Cricket !!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Fantastic news for England next summer! Bad news for Oz who'll have just Michael Clarke there as a proven Test class batsman for the ashes.. (oh dear;-)

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

Mr. Cricket, you're still needed! For the sake of the AUS team, I hope they are able to blood some young talent soon that can make it into the team as a fixture, like Huss did, once he finally got his chance. Well done Sir and the best of luck to you in retired life!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

He iS Doing it so early.... He Should Play More Cricket. Team Australia Need Him

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

no!! we had enuf of retiremnts :(

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

You really lived up to your name 'Mr. Cricket' by retiring at the time of your choice. You will be missed Mike. All the best for your future life :)

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:37 GMT)

Mr. Cricket!!! You will be missed for sure... 2012 is a bad year for the game of Cricket!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:35 GMT)

A very very shocking news! Why so??

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Do it with a ton Huss - you legend !

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Oh God,another legeng retiring this year, what is happening, although a Pakistani fan, i always loved the way he batted and honestly speaking, he is my favourite batsmen from the modern era. He is a true legend and will always be remembered, a huge loss to Australian and world cricket.

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:34 GMT)

Now that's messed up. Everyone I grew up watching is suddenly heading out.

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (December 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

such a great player ..never got any credit what he deserve..worlds most underrated player... in curent australian line up he is best player...even better than clerke .. a true champion ...

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:33 GMT)

whaaaaaaaaaaaaat!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Fareen on (December 29, 2012, 7:32 GMT)

Why Michael, why? You're one of my favorite batsman. You've hit back to each and every criticism that came after you and you looked certain to be on the Ashes team which probably needed your experience and obviously those countless runs. Very sad to see you go Huss. Enjoy your retirement :(

Posted by Jawz on (December 29, 2012, 7:31 GMT)

Now this is really sad...only yesterday i was thinking that he was unlucky to be given a break so late but anyways he was lucky to have played for so long..a brilliant combative and attractive batsman..very dependable..one of the greats of game for me...going out when he is absolutely on top..wow

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

we miss u mr.cricket!!!!!!!!!!first we miss cricket god from odi now u ??!!!

Posted by kangaroussy on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

Wow! Here's to going out on top. Well done, Mr Cricket.

Posted by bMike on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

One of my all time favorites. Wish you all the best..!!!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

now mr.crricket cricket loss another colour ponting,tendulkar now hussy

Posted by LillianThomson on (December 29, 2012, 7:30 GMT)

A wonderful career, after a late international start.

Where next for Australia? There's no Test middle-order left to speak of.

Time to visit the bookies before they change the odds for The Ashes, because Australia's middle-order suddenly looks wafer-thin apart from Michael Clarke!

Posted by   on (December 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

we will miss him.... One of the greatet cricketer under pressure........ salute...

Posted by colombo_SL on (December 29, 2012, 7:29 GMT)

Excellent cricketer. Sad to see the absence of cricketers of this nature in international matches. Wish you all success Hussey.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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