Australian captain Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from Test cricket and will play the fifth and final Ashes Test, which will be his last Test as a player. Clarke, who announced his retirement from ODIs after leading Australia to victory in the 2015 World Cup just to prolong his Test career said We were outplayed. One more Test, and that is the end of my Test caree after the loss in the fourth test to England.
Earlier today, the Australian media had reported that the Australian captain has been told there is no place for him in the side after the Oval Test and Clarke has decided to step down from the job and call it a day from Tests.
Australia failed to win the 2015 Ashes in England as the Poms regained the Urn by winning the five match series 3-1 with the fifth match to go. England needed just over half an hour to wrap up the tail as they sealed the Ashes by winning the fourth Test at Nottingham by an innings and 78 runs. Many of the Aussies performed below their potential and Clarke has been the worst performed batsman among all with an average of just 17. Steve Smith will be replacing Clarke for the top job.
You never want to walk away from the game but I think my performances in this series and the last 12 months have not been acceptable to me. I pride myself on leading from the front, so that’s been disappointing. You build yourself up for the big series, the big tournaments. One-day cricket is about the World Cup and Test cricket is about the Ashes. I certainly tried my best, the boys tried their best and we got outplayed. We got beaten. Now it’s time for the next generation of players, the next captain to have his opportunity to try and build the team and get them ready for the next Ashes series. I’ve been lucky enough to play over 100 Test matches for Australia. I’ve always said the game owes me nothing, I owe it everything. I’m thankful I’ve been able to play it for so long, Clarke said.