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End Of Era Michael Clarke Retires From Test Cricket

End Of Era Michael Clarke Retires From Test Cricket : The 34-year old, most talented in the current Australian squad, Captain of the Australian Test team since January 2012  has announced his official retirement after the 5th test match of The Ashes series. Nicknamed “Pup”, he is a right-handed middle-order batsman, an occasional left-arm spinner and a slip catcher. The humiliation and the poor performance of the Australian team in the series seemed to very frustrating for him as a Captain while his personal figures in 2015 test match averaging just 21.78 is not at all good. He has overseen a disastrous tour of England but also confirms about his inform in the batting. Michael Clarke started his career in Test Cricket on October 6,2004 vs India; he was the 389th player for Australia to be the honored with the Test cap. Let’s look at the overall statistics of Michael’s Test career.

End Of Era Michael Clarke Retires From Test Cricket

Michael Clarke Test Cricket Details

Test Matches

114

Runs Scored

8628

Batting average

49.30

100/50

28/27

Top Score

329*

Wickets

31

Best Bowling

6/9

 

“I want to play the last Test at the Oval and give it one more crack,” he exclaimed after the brutal loss of the 4th Test of the Ashes series. They lost The 2015 Ashes series already with 1-3 down but he wants to play his career’s last Test match with pride, dignity and honor. It’s been a great journey for him since the Bangalore Test debut in 2004 & after the retirement announcement social media reacted very strongly considering it a very strange decision.

The news was spread to such an extent that the news of his retirement dominated the headlines than the Australian team’s poor performance.

“I presented him with his first Test cap in Bangalore and to watch him develop into an amazing leader and watch the way he led the Australian team – the way he led the Australian team was fun to watch,” Warne said

“Throughout his captaincy he has been a thoroughly professional player, a brave and daring leader who has given his all for our country,” Edwards said

When being asked in the presentation when had he decided to retire, he answered “I made the decision late last night with my beautiful wife and spoke to my family and then this morning I had a conversation with Darren Lehmann and Rod Marsh and told them what I was going to do and they were both extremely respectful and thankful for what I’ve given Australian cricket.” And the most exigent was when he revealed “ I think Smithy is ready for my replacement”. He admired the whole Australian team for the support and love in his 11 years career.

Though it would be interesting to see his approach in the last Test Match of career but we all know how his last ODI ended on March 29,2015 vs New Zealand (World Cup Final ). He won the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, winning the Cricketer of the Year 2013, the Test Cricketer of the Year 2013,led Australia to a 5–0 whitewash of England in the 2013–14 Ashes series, named as a Wisden Cricketer of the Year  in 2010, named Wisden Leading Cricketer in the World for the year 2012.

 

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