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Australian captain Clarke announces ODI retirement

Sat, Mar 28, 2015, 01:45 PM
Melbourne, March 28: Australia skipper Michael Clarke on Saturday announced that he will quit One-Day Internationals (ODI) after the cricket World Cup final against New Zealand here on Sunday.

"It's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team. I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity to captain this great team and that was really good preparation for me leading up to this World Cup,” Clarke said at the pre-match press conference.

The final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) would be Clarke's 245th and final ODI. The 33-year-old said he is not confident his body will allow him to be in peak condition for the 2019 edition.

The right-hand batsman wants his successor to have a full four-year period to mould the team ahead of the next mega event, just as he has had following Ricky Ponting's resignation four years ago after the team's quarterfinal elimination in India.

“The next Australian captain deserves this opportunity. I don't think it's realistic that I'll be fit and healthy and available to play the next World Cup. I believe it's the right time," Clarke said.

Clarke made his ODI debut against England at Adelaide on January 19, 2003. Thereon he played 244 ODIs, scoring 7,907 runs at an average of 44.42. The New South Wales player did not consider Sunday's match to be any more significant because of his decision.
Agency: IANS

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