The 37 year old could have just said he wanted to spend more time with his young family and no questions would have been asked.
But he was candid enough to go on and say that a look at the 2013 calendar and tours of India and England and the travel involved did not set his pulse racing, and that he simply did not fancy it.
Another rarity is seeing a sportsman leave on his own terms, at the peak of his powers, but that is what people will see with Hussey in his final Test match this week, and then the four one-day internationals against Sri Lanka next month.
Hussey came to Test cricket late, only making his debut at the age of 30, and 19 hundreds in seven years is great work by anyone's reckoning, and four of those came in 2012.
In an age where in India Sachin Tendulkar's retirement date is queried on an almost daily basis, Hussey's exit has come out of the blue.
He was on top of his game, and his absence is a massive blow for Australia's prospects in India and then regaining the Ashes in England, putting even more pressure on the captain Michael Clarke to score a mountain of runs for his side.
But Hussey was honest with himself. His heart was not in it, and Australia will go on without him, albeit in the short term in a weaker state.
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