“Will a hundred at The Oval change things?” Kyly and Shane Warne asked Michael Clarke

Bidding farewell from something that you have done all your life is probably the toughest thing. Upset with an Ashes loss and his current form, Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Saturday announced that he will retire from international cricket after the series. [Also Read: Michael Clarke: 10 statistics that dazzle in his fabulous career]


Clarke in his column for Daily Telegraph revealed, “Once I got back to my hotel after Day Two, I spoke to my wife, Kyly, and then I went straight up to Warnie’s [Shane Warne’s] room.”


Warne, who has been Clarke’s best friend over the years, along with Kyly asked him whether getting a hundred at the final Test at The Oval would change things. Clarke adds, “Kyly and Warnie both gave me that support. He [Warne] asked if I made a hundred in the next game would that change things? What if you do win the next Test, would that change things? Kyly was asking me similar questions. She sees how much I’ve given to this game on a daily basis. She still saw this hunger inside me to do all this work and asked if I was sure I was ready. The answer is: ‘I am ready.’ ” [Also Read: Michael Clarke retires from Test cricket: Twitter reactions]


An emotional Clarke wrote about his family’s role in shaping him up as a cricketer. He got his first bat as a two-year old and his parents drove him to training when he was six. He wrote, “My entire life has been about cricket. I’ve thought about the great game every day for as long as I can remember.”


His family, who were present during his Test debut in Bangalorewill be flying to London to see him play for the last time in a Test match. Clarke wrote that breaking the news of his retirement to his grandfather Ray Fox was the hardest part.


“Definitely telling my grandfather was perhaps the hardest part and he was very emotional. Pop’s made it clear to me over the past 10 years that watching me play cricket is a big part of what keeps him going. I tried not to let the emotion overcome me — I’ve done too much crying over the years.


“I spoke to mum, dad and my sister as well and they feel for me because cricket has been the one common denominator for me my whole life.


“It was tough for them, but they know I’m 34. I’ve got so many other goals and ambitions in my life and I’ve got a little baby on the way,which is so exciting. I know it’s the right time to retire,” added Clarke.


Clarke, who has led Australia to their fifth World Cup title earlier this year, congratulated Alastair Cook and his English side for the win and hopes to bid goodbye with a win at The Oval.