Veteran Michael Hussey has revealed he will retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer.
The 37-year-old announced on Saturday that the traditional New Year's Test against Sri Lanka at the SCG would be his last, with his international commitments to cease at the end of this summer's one-day series.
Hussey will be available for selection for the WA Warriors and the Perth Scorchers for the remainder of the 2012-13 season and will make a further announcement about his domestic commitments in due course.
He has 6183 runs in 78 Tests to date, with those coming at an average of 51.52 and including 19 centuries.
"Michael Hussey has been a vital contributor to many Australian team wins over his very successful Test cricket career," Cricket Australia's chief executive officer James Sutherland said in a statement.
"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.
"In congratulating him on a great Test career, we wish him well and hope to see him stay close to the game after his playing days are over."Hussey's one-day international record is also terrific, with the left-hander having scored 5442 runs at an average of 48.15 in his 185 matches and was also part of Australia's triumphant 2007 World Cup winning side.
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