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Fri Apr 18 03:30:59 SAST 2014

Hussey relieved it's over

ROBERT SMITH in Sydney, Sapa-AFP | 07 January, 2013 07:310 Comments
Australia's Mitchell Johnson and Peter Siddle carry team-mate Mike Hussey off the Sydney Cricket Ground at the end of his last Test match yesterday

MIKE Hussey says he is relieved that his cricket Test career is over after a fairytale finish, steering Australia to a clean-sweep series victory over Sri Lanka in Sydney yesterday.

The 37-year-old left-hander was at the crease when the winning run was hit by batting partner Mitchell Johnson to clinch a five-wicket win over the Sri Lankans and script the perfect ending for his 79-Test career.

"What a place to finish. The Sydney Cricket Ground is one of my top three favourite grounds in the whole world," Hussey said.

"In a way, I'm relieved that it's over. The stress and pressure . I can relax away from it now. I won't have that sick feeling in my stomach before I go out to bat. I feel like the pressure is off."

The West Australian, who made his Test debut late, at 30, back in 2005, finished as the highest scorer, above Ricky Ponting, in Australia-Sri Lanka Tests with 994 runs at 110.44 in eight Tests.

Hussey was feted by the Sydney crowds throughout the final Test and unselfishly offered a reluctant Johnson the chance to hit the winning run.

Hussey said the realisation that he had played his last Test match had sunk in and he was looking forward to a "normal life" with his young family.

"It probably sunk in a while ago because I have known for quite a time when I wanted to finish. I've been prepared for it, I guess," he said.

"But I'm sure there's going to be aspects that I'm going to miss as well, like when I'm out there when the winning runs are hit in a Test match, helping Australia win a series, or being in the dressing room with the boys after the game, singing the team song.

"But all good things have to come to an end at some stage."

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