The WACA has today paid tribute to Mike Hussey after the
Western Australian batsman announced his retirement from international cricket.
Hussey will play his final Test in Sydney against Sri Lanka,
starting next Thursday, and be available for the remainder of the 2012-13
Australian summer. His availability for the Warriors and Perth Scorchers will
be reviewed at the end of the season.
Hussey made his international debut in front of his home
crowd at the WACA Ground in a one-day international against India in 2004. He
played his first Test at the age of 30 against the West Indies at the Gabba in
He will bow out as the second highest Western Australian
run-scorer in Test cricket with 6183 at 51.52, including 19 centuries and 29
50s. He has also scored 5442 runs in one-day cricket at 48.15, including three
tons, and 721 runs at 37.94 in 38 T20 internationals.
WACA President Dennis Lillee said: "Michael Hussey is an
ornament to the game. This takes in all areas - the playing side, the training
side and as a person.
"He is the ultimate professional, one who left no stone
unturned in being the best in all of the areas that he could possibly be.
"He is a great exponent of all forms of the game, but it is
his Test cricket skills that excited me as he could play with his back to the
wall and be aggressive - or a combination of both - at the flick of a switch.
"He will go down as one of the all-time greats for WA and
Australia, and I feel sure that he has more to offer in WA as we attempt to
steer our way forward.
"If I was a young player coming into WA cricket I would look
no further than the work ethic of this man. It is indeed no wonder he has been
called and will continue to be called Mr Cricket.”
WACA Chief Executive Officer Christina Matthews said: "I
would like to congratulate Mike on a wonderful career for Australia and also as
a representative of Western Australia.
"He has been an outstanding ambassador for the game both on
and off the field and I wish him well for the future.”
Warriors Head Coach Justin Langer said: "I mentioned when I
retired that you know when it’s the right time and Huss told me he had the same
"I’m surprised but I’m thrilled for him. I think it’s a
great decision, and I think he has had an extraordinary cricket career for
"Like Ricky Ponting, he is going to be really tough to
replace in all forms of the game. He averages over 50 in Test cricket. I am
really proud of his career.”