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Australian captain Michael Clarke to retire after Ashes

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Australian Test and One Day captain Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from international cricket at the conclusion of Ashes.

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“I’ll have one more Test and that will be the end of my career,” told the current Aussie captain after the fourth Ashes Test. “I’m retiring from international cricket. I certainly don’t want to jump ship and leave the boys now, so I’ll play the last Test at The Oval, give it one last crack, but the time is right now.”

“You never want to walk away from the game but I think my performances in this series and the last 12 months have not been acceptable to me. I pride myself on leading from the front, so that’s been disappointing.

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He said that a player builds up himself for the big series, the big tournaments. ‘One-day cricket is about the World Cup and Test cricket is about the Ashes’.

Clarke’s sudden announcement of his leaving the game following the team’s gloomy performance in the must win fourth Test. He disclosed that he made up his mind on Friday night after the second day’s play at Trent Bridge.

Expressing his thoughts, Clarks said: “I’ve been lucky enough to play over 100 Test matches for Australia. I’ve always said the game owes me nothing. I owe it everything. I’m thankful I’ve been able to play it for so long.”

Clarke’s retirement means Steven Smith will lead the side in their next tour and that will be to Bangladesh.

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