Michael Clarke has confirmed that he is making a comeback to cricket and when asked if this comeback means that he may return to International cricket, he said that he won’t say no over this. Clarke is set to play for a New South Wales grade cricket club Western Suburbs on 20th of February. On the same day, Australia will be playing their 2nd Test match against New Zealand.
Earlier, Michael Clarke had retired from Test cricket after Australia lost the Ashes 2-1 away. Clarke had an average series both as a batsman and as a captain, where several of his decisions were criticised by experts. With the bat, he just scored 132 runs at an average of 16.5, which is not acceptable.
He had retired from the ODIs after Australia won the 2015 ICC World Cup at home last year. His main worry during his career had been injuries and many times when he was in good form and looked good to continue that, he suffered an injury.
Age was never the main factor behind his retirement. Clarke will turn 35 this April and has hinted that he will be available for the IPL and the next season of the Big Bash. Earlier, he withdrew his name from BBL this season. He said he would love to be part of county cricket and then again play red ball cricket for New South Wales.
He added that he enjoyed the time he remained away from the game but cricket is in his blood. He was quoted saying
“At the same time I’ve realised the game of cricket is in my blood. I’ve been looking for an outlet to replace what I’ve chosen to walk away from.
Clarke had played in IPL in 2012 for Pune Warriors and for him to be part of the IPL in 2016, he has to be picked by any team on the auction to be held on 6th of February. It looks very unlikely that an IPL franchise will go after Clarke, given he has done nothing instrumental in the T20 level at any level.