Michael Clarke to retire after the Oval Test

The Australian team suffered a traumatic defeat at Trent Bridge and in a way surrendered the Urn. Keeping the Aussie spirit in mind, Test skipper Michael Clarke put his hand up for the dismal performance and decided to throw in the towel. Straight after the Aussies lost the Ashes at Nottingham; Clarke confirmed his retirement on Friday after second day’s play of the fourth Test.

A dejected Clarke told Channel Nine, “I’ll have one more Test and that will be the end of my career. I’m retiring from international cricket. I certainly don’t want to jump ship and leave the boys now, so I’ll play the last Test at The Oval, give it one last crack, but the time is right now.”

Australia would now be playing for pride in the fifth Test at The Oval and that is going to bleed them because that Aussie-spirit has already been breached.

The 34-year-old has been a prolific run-scorer for Australia in whites but in the ongoing Ashes he has even failed to reach the 50 run mark on a single occasion, which is highly unacceptable according to the standards he set. The Australian middle-order highly relies on Clarke’s responsible shoulder and his poor run with the bat seems to have triggered his downfall.