Sydney: Michael Hussey ended his Test career on a high on Sunday when Australia beat Sri Lanka by five wickets with a day to spare in the third Test to sweep the series 3-0.
The 37-year-old was deprived of the ultimate fairytale ending when his batting partner Mitchell Johnson scored the winning run.
Australia, chasing 141 runs to win, lost three wickets in quick succession just before tea that brought Hussey in for his final Test innings before retirement.
The break came with the hosts just five runs shy of victory. And when Johnson pushed the ball wide of point for his only run of the innings, Hussey was already halfway down the pitch to secure the winning run.
Australia had dismissed the tourists for 278 before lunch to set up the run chase. They inched nervously towards the target after David Warner had departed for a duck without a run on the board.
Seamer Suranga Lakmal had the opener caught in the slips by his captain Mahela Jayawardene.