Clarke announces that he will retire from international cricket after the fifth test of the Ashes, a series the Australian Cricket Team has already lost.
I don’t feel sad, I’m more disappointed or sad with the way we played through this series and the way I played as captain. That’s the most disappointing part. I’m not sad about this being the right time to walk away, because I believe it’s the right time. I believe I’ve been blessed to have the career I’ve had. I’ve played over 100 Test matches for my country I’ve been a part of some amazing teams…We’ve won more than we lost so that’s a nice feeling and I’ve been lucky enough to captain Australia as well, so I’m extremely thankful to all of my team-mates and all the people that have helped me firstly make it into the Australian team and then help me have the success I’ve had, I’ve always said cricket owes me nothing, I owe it everything and I still believe that.
The Australians suffer one of their most embarrassing ever innings as England bowl them out for 60 runs. History is made as several records fall. Captain Clarke:
That’s as tough a day as you have as a player, certainly as a captain. Nothing went right at all today, that’s for sure.
Clarke posts photos of himself with his sister Leanne’s children, two-and-a-half year old Byron and seven-month-old Chaya. He has previously said that he will be sailing from Sydney to the Gold Coast to raise money for children’s ICU machines, after Chaya was born premature and spent time in a children’s ICU. Clarke:
Best time of the year
Clarke pays tribute to deceased team-mate Phillip Hughes, saying no-one epitomized the spirit of the Baggy Green more than the 25-year-old batsman.
The world lost one of its great blokes this week and we are all poorer for it. Our promise to Hughes’s family is that we will do everything we can to honour his memory. Last night I asked Cricket Australia if Hughes’s Australian one-day international shirt number, 64, could be retired, to which they agreed. That means so much. His legacy of trying to improve each and every day will drive us for the rest of our lives. We’d like to thank everyone, both here and overseas, for the touching tributes to Hughesy in recent days. Our dressing room will never be the same. We loved him, and always will. Rest in peace, Brussy.