Michael Clarke to retire from ODI after world cup final
Australian Captain Michael Clarke has announced that he’ll play career’s last One-Day International tomorrow against New Zealand which is the final of 2015 ICC world cup. Michael started his career for Australia in 2003 and he declared his retirement in a pre-match conference ahead of tomorrow’s world cup final at Melbourne.
Clarke said, “Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia.I’ve just spoken to my team-mates, spoken to James Sutherland and Rod Marsh and Darren Lehmann and informed them that tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia.”
“I’m extremely thankful and grateful – I’ve just found out that tomorrow will be my 245th one-day game – it’s been an honour and a priviledge to represent my country for that amount of games. I’m grateful to every player I have been lucky enough to play with and this team is no exception to that,” he added.
Michael has played 244 ODIs for Australia and 245th One Day will be his last ODI tomorrow against Blackcaps. He has scored 7907 runs in those played 244 One-Days with 8 hundred and 57 fifties. He has captained Australia in 73 matches and won 49.
“I think it is the right time for me and the Australian team. I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity to captain this one-day team. That was really good preparation for me leading up to this World Cup, I think the next Australian captain deserves the same opportunity. I don’t think it is realistic that I’ll be fit and healthy and available to play the next World Cup so I believe it is the right time.
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“I think I’ll leave the one-day game for the Australian team in a better place than when I took over the captaincy. Last World Cup we were knocked out in the quarter-final, this World Cup we have been able to make the final and hopefully tomorrow we can go on and have success in that final. So two finals and one quarter-final for my time in World Cups.”