Michael Clarke, the tragic hero of Australian cricket, had to confront a question from his batter half and former team mate which had made him emotional. The outgoing Australia captain has announced that he would retire after playing the penultimate Test at Oval of the painful Ashes series in which Australia lost the Ashes before finale at Oval.
Clarke, in his Daily Telegraph column wrote his long time friend Shane Warne and wife Kyly Clarke, asked him what would happen if he scored a century in the final Test. Clarke wrote, “Kyly and Warnie both gave me that support.” Except Kyly, Warne was the second person to know the report of Clrake retirement before he announced on last Saturday, August 7.
“He asked if I made a hundred in the next game would that change things? What if you do win the next Test, would that change things? Kyly was asking me similar questions. She sees how much I’ve given to this game on a daily basis. She still saw this hunger inside me to do all this work and asked if I was sure I was ready. The answer is I am ready.”
Caption: Clarke’s grandd father Ray Fox and father Les at Gabba, Brisbane
Clarke, who is considered as the last bloke of the golden generation of Australian cricket, had penned down an article which revealed how much devasted he is with the Saturday’s decision to quit cricket after devastaing Ashes loss to arch rival of his life.
Before the start of the Ashes Clarke had good news as his wife Kyly is expecting their first child. Emotional Clarke also mentioned that he informed the news of retiring to his family, even his grandfather Ray Fox, who were present at his Bangalore when he made a dream debut during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series in India.
“He was very emotional. Pop’s made it clear to me over the past 10 years that watching me play cricket is a big part of what keeps him going. I tried not to let emotion overcome me — I’ve done too much crying over the years. I spoke to mum, dad and my sister as well and they feel for me because cricket has been the one common denominator for me my whole life,” Clarke wrote.
I spoke to mum, dad and my sister as well and they feel for me because cricket has been the one common denominator for me my whole life,” Clarke wrote.