Michael Clarke to retire after Ashes

Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from international cricket through Cricket Australia’s official Twitter account.

“I want to play the last Test at The Oval and give it one more crack. the time is right,” Cricket Australia quoted Clarke as saying.

“You never want to walk away. My performances over the past 12 months have not been acceptable to me.

“Test cricket is about the Ashes. We tried our best, I certainly tried my best but we got outplayed.

“It’s time for the next generation.

“I made a decision last night after I got home after the day’s play.

“The boys were surprised, I don’t think they expected me to walk away right now. I owe the game everything.

“I’ll take so many memories away. I’m looking forward to sitting and cheering the boys on. It’s the right time.

“Hopefully I’ll get a microphone and sit beside you in the commentary box if Channel Nine will have me.”

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