• Australian skipper Michael Clarke to retire from ODIs

    by  • March 28, 2015 • Cricket

    Aussie captain Michael Clarke has made a shocking decision that the 2015 World Cup final against New Zealand at the MCG will be his final One Day International.

    The 33-year-old batsman, who will continue to play Test cricket – has played 244 ODIs for his country since making his debut in 2003.

    “Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” Clarke said at the press conference. “I’m extremely thankful and grateful.

    “I think it is the right time for me and the Australian team. I’m hopeful it will prolong my Test career as well.”

    The Sydney-born batsman is Australia’s fourth-highest ODI run-scorer, scoring 7,909 runs with an average of 44.42 and strike rate of 78.81.

    It remains to be seen whether Bailey or Steve Smith will take Clarke’s position in the coming future.