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Australia’s World Cup winning Captain Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from ODIs with immediate effect. Clarke whose international career was in doubt following a terrible back injury during the home series against India miraculously got himself fit in time for the ICC World Cup 2015. ‘Pup’ as he is called has been struggling with back and hamstring injuries. The 34-year-old Michael Clarke has expressed his desire of prolonging his Test career.
Michael Clarke’s decision to quit ODIs was on expected lines as he has been struggling with fitness issues quite frequently. Australia as such haven’t missed his services much in the shorter format with George Bailey turning out to be a suitable leader. In Test cricket though, Michael Clarke’s batting has been very vital for Australia considering that most of the players are not all that experienced.
While not doing much with the bat in the World Cup, Michael Clarke preserved his best for the final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Michael Clarke hit just a couple of half centuries in six innings during the ICC World Cup 2015 with a modest average of 36.50.
During the big final at the MCG, with Australia chasing New Zealand’s paltry target of 184, Michael Clarke walked in with his side at 63 for 2, and sealed the deal with a match-winning century stand for the 3rd wicket with the in-form Steven Smith. Michael Clarke scored a breezy 74 from 72 balls with 10 fours and a six as Australia defeated New Zealand comfortably by 7 wickets with 101 balls to spare in the ICC World Cup 2015 Final at MCG.
Michael Clarke bows out with 245 ODIs to his name in which he has scored 7981 runs with eight 100s and 58 half centuries. Clarke has a fantastic average of 44.58 and a strike rate of 78.98. His ODI debut was against England in 2003 when he was 22.
Following are Michael Clarke’s centuries in ODIs:
- 130 (132) vs India at Bangalore, 2007
- 117 (91) vs Sri Lanka at Adelaide, 2012
- 111* (139) vs India at Visakhapatnam, 2010
- 105* (102) vs Zimbabwe at Harare, 2004
- 105 (102) vs England at Manchester, 2013
- 103* (107) vs Pakistan at Sydney, 2005
- 101 (111) vs Bangladesh at Dhaka, 2011
- 100* (122) vs Pakistan at Abu Dhabi, 2009