Will Australian Skipper Michael Clarke Bid Adieu Test Career with a Win in Final Test against England?

August 11 22:55 2015

michael clarkeNew Delhi, Wednesday, August 12 – It has been lately when the 34-year-old Australian skipper Michael Clarke proclaimed his retirement from Test cricket when his team got defeated at the hands of England at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

Being an experienced cricketer, his retirement will create a void that will take time to be fulfilled. This is, of course, a tough decision for him and the team but taken after being disheartened with his own performances in the previous few Test matches.

Here is to mention that Clarke was not in form and was out at 10 runs and 13 runs in the 1st and 2nd innings in lately concluded 4th Test, wherein the host outshined rivals in all departments

Given that his poor show wasn’t up to standard to himself, the right-handed batsman announced retirement from the longest format, shocking his fans completely. Now, the Test between England and Australia at Kennington Oval, London, which kicks off from August 20, will be his last match as a Test player. Maintaining form in cricket or any other sport is a challenge and requires huge focus to stand out. The stress to win is enormous every time player comes in the ground.

Ups and downs are parts of everyone’s life and players are no exceptions. Clarke’s records on the field are as much as necessary to let fans know what a brilliant player he has been throughout his career. It is certainly one’s personal choice whether to carry on playing or retire, but what fans would have loved is to watch him play and guide his men in the best way possible for a few more years.

The kind of shots he hits at different corners of the stadium on both good and weak deliveries will be missed. Given that he houses the potential to surprise viewers through innings, which enabled Aussies to come out from difficult situations, supporters were not expecting retirement from Test, which is considered real cricket taking into consideration a lot of things, so early.

Had Clarke been a 25-year-old man, such a decision wouldn’t have been his main concern. But falling short of expectations in his own eyes has made the cricketer to think twice before he considers leading Australia. It is true that a lot of cricket yet remains within him, however, his choice has made him fall in elite group of players who thought of his team first over personal records.

Clarke said goodbye to One-Day International career after logging a memorable win against New Zealand in the grand finale of the 2015 World Cup. None can ever think of bidding adieu to ODI cricket in such a beautiful manner. He struck 28 tons and 27 half-centuries in Test format, where his highest total is 329 runs. Records are good in 50-50 over match too.  With just one more match to go before his retirement, Australian playing XI would love to let the team win in the last blow and end series by 2-3.

Aussies and England never wish to be defeated in the Ashes, one of the biggest tournaments between two countries. 34-year-old Clarke would look forward to pocket some specific runs for one last time. But challenges are going to rise as the opponents’ attack via bat and ball is going to be sharper. Stuart Broad & Steven Finn will eye his wicket. Michael’s fans expect a terrific show from his end in the mega show and wish to see him get back with a bang in last Test, which starts next Thursday.