Michael Hussey remained not out as Australia beat Sri Lanka in the final Test

Last updated: 6th January 2013  

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Australia celebrate a series whitewash over Sri Lanka

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Michael Hussey leaves the field aloft on his swansong

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Michael Hussey took Australia to victory in his final Test as his side wrapped up a 3-0 series win over Sri Lanka in Sydney.

Chasing 141 for the victory, the Aussies stuttered home with Hussey making 27 not out in his last innings before retirement.

But, ever the team man, the left-hander allowed Mitchell Johnson to hit the winning runs - much to the crowd's disappointment - as the hosts reached their target with five wickets in hand.

Put in just before lunch on day four, Australia lost David Warner first ball as the left-hander edged Suranga Lakmal to Mahela Jayawardene at second slip.

But Ed Cowan (36) joined in partnerships of 45 with Phillip Hughes (34) and 59 with Michael Clarke (29) to ensure the result was never really in doubt, despite late wickets.

Hughes was out to Rangana Herath (3-46) via a DRS review - the Sri Lankans appeared to be appealing for a catch, but replays confirmed the lbw - and Clarke fell to a bat-pad catch off Tillakaratne Dilshan.

With wickets falling, the departing Hussey entered the fray.

It may not have been the end captain Clarke was looking for, but there was no doubt it was what the crowd wanted as they welcomed Hussey with a standing ovation.

The veteran produced two boundaries for the crowd to cheer - pulling a long hop to the boundary and even unleashing a reverse sweep - and stayed calm as the impressive Herath removed Cowan and Matthew Wade.

Tea was taken with Australia needing five to win but Australia knocked them off without issue after the resumption, Hussey selflessly calling Johnson through for the winning single when the all-rounder appeared to be blocking out the over to allow his partner the glory.

Any hopes Sri Lanka had in the morning rested on the shoulders of wicketkeeper Dinesh Chandimal as they resumed on 225-7, a lead of 87.

He did all that could be asked of him, adding 40 to his overnight 22 and marshalling a last-wicket stand of 41 with Nuwan Pradeep to give his side a total somewhere approaching defendable.

Mitchell Johnson (3-34) and Jackson Bird (3-76) led the bowling stats but it was Hussey's day in the end.

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