Michael Hussey Says Goodbye With A Win

It was an emotional goodbye for Mr Cricket.

Robert Whiteby Robert White

Australia sent off Michael Hussey in style with a sweep of Sri Lanka, finishing the series on day four of the third Test.

In an emotional goodbye the SCG cheered as batting partner Mitchell Johnson’s blocked as many balls as possible hoping to get Hussey on strike, but it was Hussey, in his typical Mr Cricket style, who came charging down the pitch to claim a cheap single on Johnson’s behalf and all the bowler could do was run along with his head down.

The retiring left hander made 27 of the 37 still required when he arrived at the crease before the Mitchell Johnson single sealed the result for the Aussies. The Sri Lankan team and the SCG crowd gave the 37-year-old an honourable send off before he led the team in his traditional role for one final celebration in the privacy of the Australian rooms.

Hussey told the assembled media that he was hoping he wouldn’t have to bat again, however a collapse which saw Phil Hughes (34), Michael Clarke (29), Ed Cowan (36) and Matthew Wade (9) all depart in the middle session meant he had no choice.

"I didn't want to bat at all. I was hoping we were going to get the runs none down actually,'' he said.

"But it was very nice to be out there at the end. That's what you play the game for, to be out there when the winning runs are hit.

"I was only thinking this morning, what a fantastic place to finish, this is probably one of my top three favourite grounds in the world so I'm extremely happy.

"I'll miss these guys there's no question about that. But I'm sure there's lots of it I'll miss. "I'd just like to be remembered as a good team man really … but it's for other people to decide.''

The Australian run chase got off to an awful start when David Warner was dismissed for a first ball duck. Phil Hughes raced out to a quick start, but was dismissed lbw upon a requested review from Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawerdene.

Hussey departs as one of Australia’s most loved cricketers with a Test career that began at the ripe old age of 30. He complied 6235 runs during his seven years, averaging 51.52 from 79 Tests. He announced after the match that he would be handing over his role of leading the team song to spinner Nathan Lyon.

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