Australia Captain Michael Clarke Announces ODI Retirement

by Vishal Gajaria | Posted on Saturday, March 28th, 2015 | 0
Clarke represented Australia in 244 ODIs photo:

Clarke represented Australia in 244 ODIs photo: (


Fresh from leading his team to a convincing semifinal win over defending champions India at the World Cup 2015, Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to retire from One-Day International (ODI) cricket after their Sunday’s title-clash against New Zealand.

“Just so everyone is aware, tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” Clarke was quoted as saying by “It’s certainly been an honour and a privilege to represent my country,” he continued.

“I think it’s the right time for me and the Australian cricket team. I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity for me to captain this one-day team.”

Clarke, 33, has represented Australia in 244 ODIs, scoring 7907 runs at an average of 44.42 that includes 8 centuries and 57 half-centuries with the bat. A handy occasional left-arm orthodox bowler, Clarke also has 57 wickets to his name in the 50-over cricket.

Clarke insists that the reason behind his retirement is that he doesn’t foresee himself in a good shape for the World Cup 2019.

“I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect I’ll be fit and healthy and available for the next World Cup, so I believe it’s the right time,” he concluded.



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