He said he only told teammates just 10 minutes before telling the world’s media assembled at MCG. Clarke opened his press conference by saying: “Just so everyone is aware, tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia.
“I’ve just spoken to my teammates and spoken to (Cricket Australia CEO) James Sutherland and (National Selection Panel chairman) Rod Marsh and (Bupa Support Team head coach) Darren Lehmann and informed them tomorrow will be my last ODI for Australia.
“It’s certanly been an honour and a privilege to represent my country,” Clarke added. The World Cup final will be his 245th ODI for Australia since his debut in 2003.
“I think it’s the right time for me and the Australian cricket team,” Clarke said. “I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity for me to captain this one-day team.
“That was very good preparation for me leading up to this World Cup and I think the next Australian captain deserves the same opportunity.
“I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect I’ll be fit and healthy and available for the next World Cup, so I believe it’s the right time.”
In his 244 ODIs till now, Clarke has scored 7907 runs at an average of 44.42 with 8 centuries and 57 half-centuries.
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