Michael Clarke never won an Ashes series in England as a player or as a captain © Getty Images
Michael Clarke never won an Ashes series in England as a player or as a captain © Getty Images

Michael Clarke is set to retire after the end of the ongoing Ashes 2015  series against England. There were a lot of questions about Clarke and his future after Australia were bowled out for a score of 60 in the on-going Ashes Test at Trent Bridge. Australia at the end of play on Day Two just about managed to get the Test to go into the third day still trailing by 90 runs and just three wickets in hand. England did not take much time and won the game by an innings and 78 runs, only the first time they have won an Ashes Test at home by an innings after 1985. A lot of changes in the Australian set up were expected anyway. Following are the Twitter reactions to the announcement of retirement of the Australian batsman from international cricket.

 

 

 

 



The Sydney Daily Telegraph
, the paper for which Clarke writes a column, said the star batsman would retire at the end of the Ashes even though only last week the Australia captain made clear his determination to continue his career. Clarke, plagued by a longstanding back problem and more recent hamstring trouble, is in a desperate run of form with the bat, having reached 25 just six times in his last 30 Test innings. And he is now on the brink of becoming the first Australian in more than a century to lose four successive Ashes series in England. Were Clarke to stand down, heir apparent Steven Smith would likely become Australia’s captain for their next Test series in Bangladesh. Clarke has made 28 Test centuries, one short of Australia batting great Donald Bradman’s tally, in his 114-match career. Read: Michael Clarke to retire after Ashes 2015 Test at Oval: Reports