On this day in 2015, former Australian star Michael Clarke bid adieu to international cricket after staying around for 13 long years. It was the Ashes series, where he was leading his beloved nation for the last time. After losing in the 4th test, he came to the press conference and revealed that he will retire after the 5th test match.
Clarke made his first appearance in international cricket in an ODI match against England and just after a year made his test debut against India in 2004 in Bangalore, scoring 151 runs and helped Australia to win.
After Ponting’s retirement in 2011, Michael Clarke took charge as the captain of the Australian side. Under his captaincy, Australia won the Ashes series in 2013 for the first time in England since 2005. He is one of the Australian captains to win a World Cup (2015). Australia thrived in South Africa also in 2014 in his tenure.
But his captaincy journey was not smooth though. Clarke led Australia got whitewashed by India in 2013 (4-0). But still, a World Cup always increases the charm of a skipper.
As a test player, Michael Clarke was phenomenal, accumulating 8643 runs in 115 matches at an astonishing average of 49.10, with the help of 27 centuries, 4 double centuries, and 27 fifties. He has scored 7 centuries each against India and England.
In ODIs, he was good too. Clarke amassed 7981 runs in 245 games at a decent average of 44.58. He has held two ICC trophies with Australia- 2007 World Cup & 2006 Champions Trophy.
Clarke didn’t have a great T20 career, although he represented Australia in 34 T20Is and scored 488 runs at a strike rate of 103.17.
After hanging his boot from international cricket, Clarke does commentary in professional cricket matches.