Australian captain Michael Clarke has announced that he will be retiring from one-day international cricket after tomorrow’s World Cup final.
Clarke announced the news in today’s pre-match press conference, revealing the trans-Tasman decider will be his final ODI. Clarke suggested he only reached closure on the decision “about 48 hours ago” when he returned home from the semi-final against India in Sydney. Clarke said: “I know I’ve made the right decision.
I told my teammates 10 minutes ago. I told the selectors and James Sutherland about an hour ago.” The 33-year-old will continue to play Test cricket.
He continued: “I’m hopeful it will prolong my Test career and that’s a priority for me. I don’t feel bad about saying I feel that Test cricket is the toughest part of our game. I see it as the pinnacle. I feel like I’ve still got a lot to offer the Australian Test team as captain.”
Steve Smith is yet to be confirmed as Clarke’s successor, but given the 25-year-old filled in as Clarke’s understudy during the Test series, it’s expected to happen soon.
Clarke noted once he realised he wouldn’t be playing in the 2019 World Cup, it was an easy decision.
He said: “There’s no doubt I could keep playing for the next couple of years. But the team and the next captain deserve the time and preparation.”