Mr Cricket is now Mr Family: Hussey calls time on sparkling Test career

Michael Hussey will play his final Test against Sri Lanka next week and retire from international cricket at the end of the Australian summer, the veteran batsman said, citing a desire to spend more time with his family.

The rugged 37-year-old, known affectionately as 'Mr Cricket' for his all-consuming passion for the game, will sign off at the peak of his powers, having scored three centuries in his past five Tests.

Hussey, speaking in an interview with Nine Network, said he wanted to bow out on a high and that family life would become his priority. "I was actually quite excited to tell (my children) this morning that I'm not going to go away and play for Australia any more," he said. "They were happy but not as excited as I thought they were going to be, so it was a bit of shock."

Shut out from the peerless Australia team that dominated world cricket for over a decade, Hussey had to wait until he was 30 for his Test debut, against West Indies in 2005, by which time he had amassed a mountain of first-class runs.

Although scoring one and 29 in his first test in Brisbane, Hussey scored consecutive centuries in his next two matches and went on to score another 17 in his late-blooming career.

Hussey's career dipped in 2008-09, but he dug himself out of a prolonged form slump with two centuries in Australia's home Ashes series loss in 2010-11 and has continued to dominate bowlers around the world since.

"I know how low I felt when my head was on the chopping block and I was maybe one innings away from being dropped from the team," the Western Australian said on Saturday. "It's not a nice place to be."

An aggressive left-hander who charges between the wickets and always looks to score, the middle order batsman will play his 79th Test against Sri Lanka in Sydney and brings 6,183 runs at an outstanding average of 51.52 into the match.

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