Hussey calls time on Big Bash career

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Melbourne Stars captain David Hussey has announced his retirement from cricket after their Big Bash League semi-final defeat to Perth Scorchers on Tuesday.

The 39-year-old has focused on the domestic Twenty20 competition for the past two years after stepping away from the longer formats of the game in 2015 - two years after his international career ended.

Hussey made 108 limited-overs appearances for Australia following his debut in 2008, scoring 2552 runs, with one century in the 50-over game.

He has enjoyed success with the Stars in the Big Bash, but a title has eluded them despite making the semi-finals in all six editions of the tournament.

And after their latest failed attempt to claim the crown the skipper has chosen to call it a day.

"I'm done. I spoke to the boys quietly last night," he told SEN. "It's amazing what you want to do, but you can't actually do it anymore... I'm still pretty emotional about it.

"I'm sort of stopping a progressing of a young player coming through the ranks and achieving their dreams of playing at the highest possible level. 

"It's time to move on, but very thankful for what I've achieved in the game."