Australia captain Michael Clarke has dropped a bombshell by announcing he’s stepping down from one-day international cricket after tomorrow’s World Cup final against New Zealand.
Clarke, 33, made the announcement at the pre-match press conference on the eve of the final at the MCG on Sunday, bringing an end to an ODI career that began in 2003.Clarke will, however, continue to play Test cricket.
One last time! Thank you to all of my team mates, past and present, my family and friends… Clark tweeted.
“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(on Sunday) will be my last ODI game for Australia,” he said.
“I’m extremely thankful and grateful – I’ve just found out that tomorrow(on Sunday) will be my 245th ODI. It has been an honour and a privilege 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,” said Clarke who has played 244 ODIs for Australia and made 7907 runs at an average of 44.42 with eight hundreds and 57 half-centuries.
He led Australia in 73 ODIs, of which Australia won 49. In 108 Tests he played so far, Clarke has scored 8432 runs at an average of 50.79 with 28 hundreds and 27 half centuries. he is at No 4 in the table of most runs scorer for AUS in ODI .
Thanks to Clarke for all entertainment, some brilliant knocks. We wishes a beautiful life ahead .