Prime Minister Julia Gillard has put retiring Test cricketer Mike Hussey on the spot at a garden party for the Australian and Sri Lankan teams at Kirribilli House.
Playing interviewer in front of the gathering on the lawns above Sydney Harbour, Ms Gillard put questions to Mr Cricket about his career, future plans, the team song and his family’s new dog.
Asked what was the favourite moment from his cricketing career, Hussey said that being part of the Australian cricket team had been an honour, with many great memories.
A lot of them, he said, were in the dressing room after a Test win when players could relax and enjoy themselves.
“Being part of the 2007 World Cup winning team was an honourable team to be a part of and a huge highlight for me,” Hussey said.
Winning the Ashes five-nil was “an amazing thing to be part of“ as well as playing with some of the legends of the game like Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Ricky Ponting, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist.
When asked by Ms Gillard who would lead the team song once he had gone, he declined to speculate.
“I really think it’s proper to tell the team first and then I’ll definitely make my announcement, sorry prime minister,” he said.
When asked what he had in mind for the future he said he hadn’t thought too much about it and didn’t know exactly.
“I’d like to try a bit of everything really, I love the game very much so I’m sure I’ll stay close to the game whether it be some coaching or some media work,” he said.
But Hussey said he would like to try things away from the game as well and have more time to watch his children grow in their own sports.
Ms Gillard finally asked if it was true Hussey’s family was inspired to buy a cavoodle after seeing her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel/poodle cross Reuben at the last garden party at Kirribilli.Hussey admitted that from the minute he and his family left the function last year he had been pestered by his children to get one and they now had a cavoodle called Coco.