MELBOURNE: After his final war to win the title against New Zealand at the World Cup 2015 on Sunday, Australia Captain Michael Clarke will quit the One-Day International (ODI) cricket bringing the curtain down on his 12-year-career.
“I think it is the right time for me and the Australian cricket team,” said the 33-year-old player. He added, “I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said to myself that I don't think I will be.”
The star player of the Australian Cricket Team has played 244 ODIs scoring 7,907 runs with a highest score of 130.
However, the Captain will continue his career in Test series having already played 108 matches with 8,432 runs in hand and scoring 329 as the highest score remaining not out.
“A lot of it is giving the next captain and the team the opportunity to prepare and the selectors to work out what they feel is their best squad for the next World Cup,” Clarke said.
“I leave the one-day team in a better place than when I took over the captaincy and it gives me my best chance to prolong my Test career. They are the three main reasons why I have decided to walk away from one-day cricket,” he added.
While Clarke stated that it wasn’t for him to get into the name of the next Australian’s one-day Captain, he did express that Steve Smith has been mentioned after he took over for the last three Test matches against India at the time Clarke was away after his hamstring surgery.
“Smithy has certainly matured as a player and a person,” Clarke said, adding, “His form is because of his hard work and I am not surprised that he is scoring as many runs as he is because he is training extremely hard and he has worked hard on his game. He has learnt a lot about his game. I don't think it would be fair for me to say who is going to be the next captain, that’s not my place, that’s up to the selectors. However, Smithy is certainly someone who will be spoken about.”
(With Agency Inputs)