Hussey leaves Test cricket on winning note as Oz trounce Lankans at SCG
Sydney: Michael Hussey ended his Test career on a winning note after guiding Australia to a five-wicket win over Sri Lanka on day four of the final Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
Hussey arrived at the crease to an euphoric applause with Australia needing only 37 for victory with seven wickets in hand, but an over later he suddenly became the key man after opener Ed Cowan was trapped leg-before for 36, the Age reports.
At that stage Australia had lost 2-4 in nine deliveries to slump to 4-108 chasing 141, with no specialist batsmen beyond Hussey`s new partner Matthew Wade.
Sri Lanka relied entirely on spin, left-arm tweaker Rangana Herath and part-timer Tillakaratne Dilshan, to break the partnership and slow Australia`s pursuit of victory.
Hussey, who scored 27 not out, proved he was not frightened by the occasion by expertly reverse-sweeping Herath to the boundary to reduce Australia`s remaining runs target to 10.
With Hussey at the crease, Australia comfortably cruised to complete a series white-wash over Sri Lanka.
The Oz win extended Sri Lanka`s record of having yet to win in 13 Test matches in Australia, with all but two of those ending in losses.
Day four began with Sri Lanka`s tail wagging significantly more than it had earlier in the match.
Rangana Herath (10 off 31) and Nuwan Pradeep (9 off 24) survived long enough to allow wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Chandimal reach an impressive unbeaten half-century. The visitors added 53 runs on day four before they were dismissed for 278.