Back on this day in 2015, Former Australia Captain Michael Clarke announced his retirement from International Cricket. Clarke received the Order of Australia in June.
He was named as an Officer of General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community.” Clarke represented Australia in 15 tests & led the team in 47 Tests making him the sixth most capped captain in Australian Cricketing History. He is Australia’s fourth highest Test run scorer with 8643 runs and at his peak Clarke was ranked the best Test batsman in the world.
Clarke led Australia by 5-0 series whitewash over England in the 2013-2014 summer to regain the Ashes & also captained the Aussies to the 2015 World Cup Title. He played 245 ODIs & fetched 7,981 runs at an average of 44.58. The right-handed batsman fetched 36 centuries & 86 fifties in his 12 year long career. He fetched 94 wickets across all cricket formats.
Michael Clarke is also a part of a cricketing club with Wally Hammond & Don Bradman, as the only men to score a triple 100 & a double 100 in the same series. He also won the Allan Border Medal four times.