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Hussey gets Ponting-style guard

By Kim Hagdorn
4 January 2013 02:57PM EST

WIDELY popular Australian batsman Mike Hussey has been extended a guard of honor to mark his Test retirement at the SCG against Sri Lanka.

Just as recently retired champion Ricky Ponting was fittingly sent off by South Africa for his final Test innings in Perth last month, Hussey was extended a stylish arrival in his last Test on Friday.

Sri Lanka captain Mahayla Jayawardene ordered his team into two lines to welcome Hussey to the crease in his final Test after announcing just before New Year he would retire after Sydney.

Hussey averages an amazing 117.8 with five centuries in seven previous Tests against Sri Lanka.

The middle-order specialist also averages 100 in his seven previous Tests in Sydney.

Hussey went into what shapes to be his final Test batting action at the fall of left-hander Phil Hughes for 87 and Australia 3-195.

The compact and efficient left-hander joined captain and in-form batsman Michael Clarke.

The pair were heroes in Australia's big win over India at the SCG a year ago when Clarke made an unbeaten 329 and Hussey 150 not out.


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