Michael Clarke Receives Order Of Australia For 'Distinguished Service To Cricket'

Michael Clarke Receives Order Of Australia For ‘Distinguished Service To Cricket’

Michael Clarke, order of Australia
Michael Clarke. Image Credit: Getty Images

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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has been appointed the Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), to recognize him for achievement or meritorious service for Australia. After receiving the prestigious award on Monday, Clarke expressed that cricket has given him more than he could ever imagine.

Clarke has been honoured for “distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community”.

The other Australian captains who have received an AO include Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, and Bob Simpson.

Michael Clarke wrote a heartfelt note to thank his supporters:

Michael Clarke, order of Austrlaia
Michael Clarke retired from international cricket in 2015. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Taking to Instagram, Michael Clarke wrote a long post and showed his gratitude towards the game. He also thanked his family, friends, fans and teammates for supporting him during his cricket career.

“I’m not sure how to express the gratitude and honour I have today, for receiving such a prestigious award. As surprised as I was to be seen in such light, and alongside some of my heroes, it makes me very proud to say that cricket has given me so much more than I could ever have imagined, and this is another example of why I owe the game so much. Without the support of my family, friends, fans and teammates, I wouldn’t be where I am today. This recognition and accolade is as much for you guys as it is for my contribution. #orderofaustralia #2020,” Michael Clarke wrote.

Clarke’s commendable captaincy:

Michael Clarke, order of australia
Michael Clarke. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The flamboyant batsman has represented Australia in 115 Tests, 245 ODIs and 34 T20Is. He is the fourth-highest Test scorer for his country, scoring 8643 runs at an average of 49.10. He was also ranked as no. 1 Test batsman during his cricketing days. For his exceptional performances, he has won four times the Allan Border medal.

As a captain, he has led the Kangaroo team to the 2015 World Cup victory at home. Under his captaincy, Australia white-washed England 5-0 in the Ashes 2013-2014. He retired from the game in 2015 after last playing the Test series against England.

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