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Michael Clarke rules out ODI retirement

Michael Clarke was ruled out of the Zimbabwe Tri-nation series due to injury © Getty Images
Michael Clarke was ruled out of the Zimbabwe Tri-nation series due to injury © Getty Images

Sep 2, 2014

Michael Clarke, the Australian captain in the One-day Internationals (ODIs) and Test matches, ruled out the suggestions of retiring from limited over’s format. After Australia’s humiliating loss against Zimbabwe, in the ongoing triangular series, Clarke returned home because of a hamstring injury.

The Australian skipper suffered back problems in recent seasons, and missed quite a few games. There was an speculation that he might be forced to give up one-day cricket after the 2015 World Cup on home soil.

Clarke, however ruled out the idea and said, “I love the game as much as I always have. The last thing I am thinking about is retiring. I think I have had a really good run in the last 12 to 18 months and my back’s been in really good shape,” Clarke said.”It’s obviously frustrating that I have been training for four months in preparation for getting onto onto the field and I played one game, or half a game, in Zimbabwe.”

“But I am really confident. I feel as fit and healthy as I have been throughout my career. I’ve worked exceptionally hard over the last four months.” Clarke’s selection against Zimbabwe has come under fire from Australian media, as was his decision to come back out to play after retiring hurt during the match.

“I spoke to the doctors and physio in Zimbabwe and I believe we made the right decision. I would have been really disappointed if I got on a plane straight away without seeing how I was going. I did all the things in regards to leading up to the game so in my mind I was 100 percent fit to perform. I felt fine. I had two fitness tests four days and then two days before the game. So I ticked all the boxes,” Clarke was speaking with reporters at Sydney airport after arriving home on Tuesday.

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