Michael Clarke will retire after the fifth Ashes 2015 Test © Getty Images
Michael Clarke will retire after the fifth Ashes 2015 Test © Getty Images

Australia captain Michael Clarke, who announced on Saturday that he will be retiring from international cricket after the end of the Ashes 2015, lost his composure and could not control his tears while talking about his glorious career in the presentation ceremony. Michael Atherton, who was interviewing Clarke after England won the fourth Ashes 2o15 Test by an innings and 78 runs, asked the Australian cricketer about his career and that was when Clarke failed to control his emotions. Clarke is indeed an emotional person from inside and at the same time very tough as well, and it was not surprising to see him crying while talking about his own retirement. READ: England regain Ashes: Twitter reactions

 

Clarke was quoted as saying by the official Twitter account of Cricket Australia (CA), “I want to play the last Test at The Oval and give it one more crack. the time is right.You never want to walk away. My performances over the past 12 months have not been acceptable to me.Test cricket is about the Ashes. We tried our best, I certainly tried my best but we got outplayed.It’s time for the next generation.” ALSO READ: Michael Clarke retires from international cricket, says it is the right time

He continued, “I made a decision last night after I got home after the day’s play. I didn’t know until I made the decision. It’s the right time. Boys were surprised, I don’t think they expected me to walk away right now. I owe the game everything. I’ll take so many memories away. I’m looking forward to sitting and cheering the boys on. It’s the right time. Hopefully I’ll get a microphone and sit beside you in the commentary box if Channel Nine will have me.”

Clarke will be playing in the final Ashes 2015 Test at The Oval, and will try and get a few runs to sign off on a high. Clarke has had a horrendous last 12 months with the bat, as he scored only one century in the period. His team did well to carry him through to the Ashes 2015. but perhaps this is how it was all supposed to end.