Thursday, 14 March 2013

I delayed Test retirement to keep my place, reveals Michael Hussey

Michael Hussey, the retired Australia batsman, has revealed that he held back on calling it quits from Test cricket because he feared he would be dropped for the remainder of the season. Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Hussey admitted he had been secretive about his retirement plans in order to keep playing at the Test level.

"Partly why I didn't want to say anything to anyone was that I cherished every Test match I got to play and I really wanted to finish the Australian summer," the 37-year-old the website. "If I made it known earlier then perhaps they would start looking ahead earlier and not play me in my last couple of Tests. That was a small selfish part of it that I really wanted to finish when I wanted to finish. I didn't want them to say 'you're going to retire, we'll blood someone else'."

Hussey's last Test was against Sri Lanka in Sydney in January, and he informed Cricket Australia about his decision to retire a week before the Test. "Most of it though was making sure I was 100% sure about the decision. I wanted to make sure in myself, I wanted to see how I felt through the Australian summer, and my feelings certainly didn't change," he said. "When I started looking ahead to what was coming up (India, the Ashes) I knew I was going to find it really tough."  (CricketNext)

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