Australia vs Sri Lanka

Match info: Australia v Sri Lanka Test Series 2012/2013 at Sydney Cricket Ground - 3rd Test

Date: 5th Jan 2013 Status: Day 4 of 5 Umpires: A S Dar and A L Hill

Home team and score Away team score

Australia

432/9 Dec (107.0 Overs)
141/5 (42.5 Overs)

Result

Sri Lanka

294 All out (87.4 Overs)
278 All out (81.2 Overs)

Australia win by 5 wickets

  • Last Updated: January 6 2013, 8:35 GMT

Michael Hussey admitted he was looking forward to taking it easy after bringing the curtain down on his seven-year Test career as Australia whitewashed Sri Lanka with victory in the final Test in Sydney.

Mike Hussey: Ready to take life easy
Mike Hussey: Ready to take life easy

Hussey was at the non-striker's end as as Mitchell Johnson scored the winning runs as Australia took the Test by five wickets to win the series 3-0.

Set 141 to win Australia struggled but at least that meant Hussey could bow out with one final innings as he hit 27 not out.

Hussey said: "I'm more than happy to be out there when the winning run was hit.

"I just wanted the job done really. The most important thing was making sure we won the Test match."

Hussey revealed he would not miss the stress of playing Test cricket and also the sick feeling he experienced every time he walked out to bat.

"I'm a bit relieved it's all over now. There's the stress, the pressure, I can relax away from all that now," he said.

"I don't have that sick feeling in my stomach before every game or before I bat."

Hussey also said there would be lots of things he would miss about not playing for his country.

"I'm sure there's aspects that I'm definitely going to miss as well.

"Being out there when the winning runs are hit in a Test match, helping Australia win a series. Or being with the boys in the dressing room after a game, singing the team song. But all good things have to come to an end at some stage."

Hussey praised the SCG crowd for their support in his final Test.

"What a place to finish, the SCG. It's probably in my top three favourite grounds in the whole world.

"The crowd support, and support in general, has been a bit overwhelming really. I've been a little bit embarrassed by it to be honest."

Australia captain Michael Clarke praised his side for the way they had performed.

He told the post-match press conference: "At the end of the day I couldn't be happier. We've won the series 3-0 - that was our goal against Sri Lanka.

"I'm very proud of the way the boys performed throughout every Test match."

Sri Lanka had been bowled out for 278 this morning, Dinesh Chandimal stretching his side's meagre lead to 140 with an impressive unbeaten 62.

But, led by Rangana Herath (three for 46), the tourists bowled well enough to make life uncomfortable for Australia and give Hussey the chance for one last slice of glory.

Hussey finished unbeaten on 27 as Australia scored 141 for five, but - ever the team man - he allowed Mitchell Johnson to hit the winning run, much to the crowd's disappointment.


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