Michael Clarke to retire from Test Cricket

Michael Clarke Australia 2015

Melbourne – Australia’s 43rd Test Skipper Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from Test Cricket after the end of 2015 Ashes Series against England.

Clarke, 34, confirmed the news of his retirement after the loss against the host by an innings and 78 runs in the fourth test match held in Nottingham. He will retire after the first Ashes test at the Oval ground.

“As captain of the team my performances have been nowhere near the level and the standard they need to be an Australian cricketer and to be captain,” Clarke said.

“The boys have worked hard, I don’t blame anyone in that change room. As a team we haven’t performed as well as we needed to to beat England, and as captain I certainly haven’t led from the front.”

Clarke has played 114 test matches and scored 8628 runs with an average of 49.30. He has the highest score of 329 not out against . Similarly, he managed to score 28 centuries, 27 half centuries and taken 31 wickets.