Hussey drawn to home comforts

23 December 2012 05:25:11 EST
Mike Hussey has admitted to thinking about retirement from cricket.

Mike Hussey says while he is enjoying his cricket as much as always, retirement is not far from his mind.

Hussey is the same age, 37, as the recently-retired Ricky Ponting, and knows questions about his future in the game are likely to intensify over the coming months.

He admits that the former Australia captain's decision to walk away from the international scene shocked him, and made him consider his own longevity.

"As an aspiring Test player, I saw Ricky Ponting as superhuman. He was my captain for a long time … Suddenly in the blink of an eye it's all finishing," said Hussey.

I have spoken to a few people who have retired and they say you just know the time is right. I don't have that feeling yet, I don't know when the time is going to be right.

Mike Hussey

"It makes me think, 'Wow, if that is going to happen to Ricky, it's going to happen to everyone'. So it does put things in perspective.

"It is going to end at some stage … and it will be happening, obviously, sooner rather than later for me."

Hussey dropped the broadest of hints that the back-to-back Ashes series would be his swansong. Australia play England first overseas, then back at home in the next 12 months.

"I think in a perfect world I would like to [finish at home]," Hussey said.

"I have spoken to a few people who have retired and they say you just know the time is right. I don't have that feeling yet, I don't know when the time is going to be right.

"Everyone I have spoken to about it is saying you will wake up one day and it will be crystal clear, and I definitely haven't had those feelings."

Hussey has scored 675 runs in four Tests this summer, at an average of 88.20, showing that he still has the ability to go with his hunger for the sport.

In the longer term, he believe he is likely to be part of Justin Langer's backroom team at Western Australia.

"It's certainly on the radar. I did captain one game early in the summer and really enjoyed it," he said.

"I do think WA is at a place where there is a great opportunity to take the team a long way forward and into a position of strength in Australian cricket and it is something I would love to be a part of."

Australia are 8/13 to beat Sri Lanka in the second Test, with the tourists available at 5/1. Mike Hussey is 4/1 to be Australia's top first innings batsman.

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