Despite having the chance to represent his country in two Ashes series in the space of six months, Australian veteran Michael Hussey has revealed he simply does not have the desire to continue playing international cricket.
The 37-year-old informed the cricket world of his decision to walk away from duties with his country on Saturday, with the New Year's Test at the SCG against Sri Lanka to be his last.
Hussey will play the one-day series against Sri Lanka and the West Indies while he will remain involved with the WA Warriors and the Perth Scorchers for the remainder of the domestic season before making a decision about his future.
The left-hander - who has hit 6183 runs in 78 Tests at an average of 51.52 - said that he had been thinking about walking away from the game for some time and that he did not have the hunger to spend long periods of time on the road in 2013 with Australia to tour India and England.
"Leading into the Australian summer, I knew that my time was pretty close," Hussey said.
"I just wanted to see how I felt throughout the Australian summer and my feelings haven't really changed, getting towards the end of this summer.
"I know I am making the right decision. I think the clincher for me was when I started looking ahead towards the Indian and the Ashes series. I didn't have the excitement and buzz about facing the challenges of those two tours that I felt like I should have.
"For me, that meant that I was making the right decision. I think for two tough tours where you are away from home for a long time, you need to really be 100 percent committed to the challenges that are going to be presenting everyone."
Hussey, who missed Australia's one-day tour of the United Kingdom earlier this year after his fourth child was born prematurely, also withdrew from the Champions League Twenty20, where he was representing the Chennai Super Kings in South Africa, for personal reasons in October.
And he said that his last two extended periods on the road were 'pretty brutal' on him and his family and that travelling for a large portion of 2013 with the Australian cricket team was 'not something that I really want to do at all'.
Hussey believes he is lucky that he has been able to leave the game on his own terms, like friend and former captain Ricky Ponting who also retired earlier this summer.
"I'm quite lucky in that respect, to be able to go out on my terms," he said.
"Not too many people get to do that. I'm very fortunate in that respect.
"I still enjoy the game but there's a lot of things that I won't miss as well, like that sick feeling you get in your stomach before you have to go out and bat every time or the travel and the time away from home, I certainly won't miss that.
"There's so many wonderful things that I will definitely miss as well, like the camaraderie you get in the dressing room, singing the team song, winning Test matches for Australia ... it's fantastic fun.
"That will be hard. And I would love to just keep doing that forever if you could, but there's so many other factors that come into play as well."
Hussey says he is looking forward to representing Western Australia once the one-day series finishes and that playing on for his state in the future is something he would 'definitely consider'.
For now though, Hussey is busy preparing for his Test swansong as Australia looks to cap off their series win over Sri Lanka with another triumph at the SCG.
The opinions expressed here are the views of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views and opinions of Cricket Australia
First Posted 29 December, 2012 8:29PM AEST