Hussey passes on the baton

Sportal December 30, 2012, 12:32 pm
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An emotional Mike Hussey believes the next generation of talented young players can carry Australia through two Ashes series in the space of six months.

Hussey revealed on Saturday he simply did not have the desire given family commitments and the demands of international cricket to carry on through a tour of India and two Ashes series over the next year.

Less than a month after Ricky Ponting's retirement, Hussey's decision leaves a gaping hole in Australia's middle order but the 37-year-old believes the young talent stepping up will be more than enough to cover his absence.

"I've no doubts. I'm not worried about the team at all. We've got some fantastic candidates to come in, maybe too many to name," Hussey said.

"History has shown players have come and gone and the game continues to move forward."

Dynamic all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been included in the 13-man squad to face Sri Lanka in Sydney in the third and final Test and could make his debut, while Usman Khawaja is on standby for captain Michael Clarke.

Hussey's 6183 runs in 78 Tests at an average of 51.52 ranks him sixth on Australia's all-time list for batting averages.

The SCG Test will be the Western Australian's swansong as he bows out of the game well on top with an average of 79.16 in a combined five Tests against South Africa and Sri Lanka this Australian summer.

A revered team player, Hussey noted that the time spent in the rooms after big wins as the most memorable moments in his decorated career, including Australia's 2007 World Cup win and 5-0 Ashes whitewash of England the same year.

"I've openly told team-mates, after we've won a Test match or a one-day series, sitting back with them is my favourite moment of the game," he said.

"Certainly individual milestones and scores are very, very rewarding but the thing I love the most is the comradeship in the rooms.

On whether he wants more personal recognition, Hussey said: "No, not really, not at all. In fact, probably quite the opposite.

"I'm more happy to hide around in the background and do my job and hopefully help Australia win games."

Aside from the World Cup triumph and hitting the winning runs in the Adelaide Test against England in 2007, Hussey said playing along many of the greats of the game like Ponting, Glenn McGrath, Shane Warne, Adam Gilchrist and Matthew Hayden, were huge personal highlights.

For years, Hussey has led the team song in the rooms after wins but will pass that baton on to a yet-to-be named successor, as he will his number six spot to one of the likes of Maxwell or Khawaja, but not before a final Test triumph.

"I'd love to win the Test match and sing the song one more time. That would probably be the most pleasing thing for me," he said.

"I have spoken to the man who I want to take over (team song duties) but I haven't officially done the handover so I want to keep it to myself until I officially talk to him and the team as well.

"But I have picked out who I want to pass on what I think is a great honour and I'm sure he'll do a fantastic job in many more Test wins."

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  1. robert11:59am Monday 31st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Christopher J: In case you haven't noticed this column is about cricket,not about criminals.

  2. robert11:50am Monday 31st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    We'll miss you Mike,a champion of champions who deserves the highest accolades possible.Watch what happens in England without him.

  3. Steve B12:00am Monday 31st December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Gee, I wish I could afford to retire at 37. More evidence that these entertainers are overpaid.

  4. Anita08:12pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I look at this photo of an open faced man and his four exquisite children, and I just melt. What a beautiful testimony to true love! The cricket prowess is special; God bless this family.

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  5. Graham06:24pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I'll be at Durham

  6. Graham06:23pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Bring on the ashes

  7. underarm_bowler05:35pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I can see the connection between cricket and Kev's post.

  8. Kev01:56pm Sunday 30th December 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Hussey, are they all your kids? Don't you have any idea about the problem the world is facing with mass over-population? And you sit there grinning with little kids all over the place. You should be ashamed of yourself as should anyone popping out more than one ort two kids. Even no kids is better than a brood in therse times.

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