Michael Clarke came back in to the side to lead the team © Getty Images
Michael Clarke came back in to the side to lead the team © Getty Images

 

Jan 26, 2014

 

After being rested fourth the fourth One-Day International (ODI), Michael Clarke said that it was just not possible for him to miss a game on Australia Day. Clarke was given an option by the selectors to rest himself for the final ODI as well. The day turned out to be a perfect one for the Aussies who sealed the series 4-1 with a win over England.

 

“I have been lucky enough to travel extensively during almost a decade of international cricket and have seen some beautiful places but there is nothing like Australia. Sometimes we take that for granted but today it’s about remembering our past and acknowledging those who came before us. I don’t think we talk about it enough or offer due recognition to those who gave us such a wonderful way of life.

 

“Australia has welcomed people from all over the world to be part of building this great nation and ­increasingly it is being reflected in cricket teams at all levels right across the country,” Clarke was quoted as saying before the match by The Daily Telegraph.

 

“The selectors gave me the opportunity to miss the last game in Adelaide as well as Friday night’s game in Perth but as Australian captain I wanted to be there on Australia Day.

 

There is always a great pride in representing your country but that is magnified when you realise that on this special day it brings together all that is great about being Australian,” he added.