Australia news May 25, 2012

Clarke foreshadows his retirement

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Australia's captain Michael Clarke has foreshadowed his retirement from the game, saying he has no desire to play into his late 30s as Ricky Ponting, Michael Hussey and others have done. Addressing a business conference in Adelaide, Clarke said he wished to have his impact on the game "in a short space of time" and then move on to other pursuits.

Clarke, 31, has led Australia with distinction over his first year in charge of the team, and has the chance to achieve critical goals over the next 18 months: victory over South Africa at home, India away, and the return of the Ashes to Australia over back-to-back series against England may all be achieved in that time, and all this would also serve to return Clarke's team to the top of the world rankings. Beyond those encounters lies the 2015 World Cup in Australia, though Clarke hinted strongly that he may not make it that far.

"I'm enjoying playing now but in time I won't be the guy playing at 38, 39, 40," Clarke said. "I hope I can have my impact in a short space of time and then be finished. I have so many goals I want to see this team achieve and when my time is up, it is up.

"I would love to see the team have success, achieve what it can achieve. And then I think that is time for me to give the reins to somebody else and go and start the other side of life I guess … get involved in some sort of business and have a family, and do all the things that are special to me and I still want to do when my cricket career is over."

As a captain, Clarke has often been paralleled with Mark Taylor, another Australian captain of great tactical skill. Taylor did not overstay his welcome as a captain, retiring after retaining the Ashes at home in early 1999, aged only 34.

One factor that will play a role in Clarke's thinking regarding how long he will continue is the back trouble that he has managed across his career. While Clarke has never missed a Test match because of the degenerative discs found in his back when he was 17, he is conscious that the condition cannot improve. "Unfortunately degeneration, it can't improve, so it's now about managing my condition," he said.

A very private ceremony wedded Clarke to his fiancé Kyly Boldy in the Blue Mountains earlier this month, and the secrecy surrounding the event was in keeping with their low-key courtship following his far more public engagement and break-up with Lara Bingle. Clarke said he remained uncomfortable with eyes prying into his private life.

"We told nobody, our parents didn't know," Clarke said. "We invited a small group of people to come away on a holiday with us - they thought it was a family holiday. And we shocked our family, let alone the world.

"I think I find the scrutiny on the field quite easy to deal with ... the stuff that I have probably found hard, and still find hard to accept, is the off the field stuff. When I was vice-captain I had a lot of media scrutiny anyway, so I was accustomed to the off the field stuff, nothing has really changed as captain."

Clarke's next assignment will be to lead the Australian ODI team on a tour of England and Ireland in June and July.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • popcorn on May 28, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    George Bailey is by far the best Captain Tassie has ever had. It is a shame that he has been briought into the Aussie ODI and T20 Side only recently. Credit to John Inverarity and his co selectors that they have made him Captain of the Aussie T20 side,and he is also in the ODI Squad.George Bailey could be a future Captain of Australia's Test and ODI sides too after Michael Clarke retires,but he is nearing 30,Clarke is 31,so when will he be given the Captaincy? Over Shane Watson? He is 31 too.When George Bailey is away playing for Australia,Tim Paine could captain Tassie.Tim Paine is 27 years old,hence,looking ahead,I think he will be at the RIGHT age to take over from Michael Clarke / Shane Watson / George Bailey - provided he is groomed for Captaincy this summer.

  • popcorn on May 28, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I agree with @Meety about Punter. Not enough credit is given to him. Ricky Ponting is the most winningest Captain ever.Tests,World Cups,Champions Trophies.It isn't as if he just turned up,tossed the ball to Warne or McGrath and winning happened as a routine. Ponting played his part with shrewd bowling changes and field placements,excellent batting at the crucial No.3 position,brilliant catching and throwing,and set benchmarks in fitness, training,batting and fielding.Just think - Australia beat England 5 nil in the 2006 - 07 Ashes series under his captaincy. The last time that happened was 85 years ago.He led an inxperienced side to South Africa after South Africa had beaten us at home and beat South Africa in South Africa. When Michael Clarke does retire compare him with Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.All three had to build their Teams.

  • Meety on May 28, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - IMO, Ponting was a reasonably good captain who eventually succumbed to the pressures of the transistion form running a star studded team to basically mere mortals. The only other player I think that can say he knows what it was like to walk in Punters shoes is Richie Richardson. He was brilliant, but in the end couldn't handle bridging the gap between being top dog & not so strong. I think its all part of the context when viewing Punter, - people do forget he was a brilliant ODI captain & won 2 world cups, (as captain) without strike weapons in Warne & Lee. When it came to tests, I just wished Ponting would be more like his nickname. BTW - I agree, there was no way Clarke was bagging players who play into their 30s or 40s.

  • popcorn on May 27, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    I think Michael Clarke is being unfair to Cricket Australia and to us - the cricketing public who have so much expectation from this bright young star. Pup has been the Captain -in Waiting for so many years under Ricky Ponting. He is the great hope we have to see Australia dominate World Teat and ODI Cricket for 5 years at least. By saying he may not be around for the ODI World Cup in 2015, he has just two years to prove himself. The Ashes in England are in June July 2013, and the return Ashes in Australia are in December 2013 -2014. So is that ALL his target? Worse still,his understudy Shane Watson as vice captain IS OF THE SAME AGE! And Watson has had only a short stint as Captain of the ODI Squad! Michael Clarke, we need a DOMINANT IMPACT -AT LEAST TWO MORE ASHES SERIES - which means you stay on as Captain till 2017. We don't know Watson's plans either.He is injury prone too. So who do we groom? George Bailey? Tim Paine? Peter Forrest? Dave Warner? They need to captain State sides.

  • Vincent49 on May 27, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    I thinks he's thinking about retirementent because he's in love. Simple as that.

  • bharath74 on May 27, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I dont think he will be fit Like Tendulkar or Ricky to be able to play at 40. Shane Watson deserves to be the captain rather than Clark

  • anur8g on May 27, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    A "Clarke" class..... ..........

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on May 27, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Clarke is such a great cricketer , the way he has turned around the struggling Australian team was just INCREDIBLE . he says what he believes and do whats best for the team ,along with mahela he has one of the best cricketing minds , way to go man , keep up the good work.

  • Cricket4World on May 27, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Quite disrespectful to the Baggy Green, I think. Australian cricketers will do anything to win a cap. To say he is willing to give it all away in a short space of time after he has his impact on the game is just selfish. Clarke wants to be remembered for the "best captain since Taylor". I suspect his Test team would struggle without Ponting and Hussey, two players who give everything to the Baggy Green.

  • neerajprasher on May 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Who cares.you can retire tom.BTW you wont survive wen 38 39 40

  • popcorn on May 28, 2012, 23:56 GMT

    George Bailey is by far the best Captain Tassie has ever had. It is a shame that he has been briought into the Aussie ODI and T20 Side only recently. Credit to John Inverarity and his co selectors that they have made him Captain of the Aussie T20 side,and he is also in the ODI Squad.George Bailey could be a future Captain of Australia's Test and ODI sides too after Michael Clarke retires,but he is nearing 30,Clarke is 31,so when will he be given the Captaincy? Over Shane Watson? He is 31 too.When George Bailey is away playing for Australia,Tim Paine could captain Tassie.Tim Paine is 27 years old,hence,looking ahead,I think he will be at the RIGHT age to take over from Michael Clarke / Shane Watson / George Bailey - provided he is groomed for Captaincy this summer.

  • popcorn on May 28, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    I agree with @Meety about Punter. Not enough credit is given to him. Ricky Ponting is the most winningest Captain ever.Tests,World Cups,Champions Trophies.It isn't as if he just turned up,tossed the ball to Warne or McGrath and winning happened as a routine. Ponting played his part with shrewd bowling changes and field placements,excellent batting at the crucial No.3 position,brilliant catching and throwing,and set benchmarks in fitness, training,batting and fielding.Just think - Australia beat England 5 nil in the 2006 - 07 Ashes series under his captaincy. The last time that happened was 85 years ago.He led an inxperienced side to South Africa after South Africa had beaten us at home and beat South Africa in South Africa. When Michael Clarke does retire compare him with Ricky Ponting and Allan Border.All three had to build their Teams.

  • Meety on May 28, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    @jmcilhinney - IMO, Ponting was a reasonably good captain who eventually succumbed to the pressures of the transistion form running a star studded team to basically mere mortals. The only other player I think that can say he knows what it was like to walk in Punters shoes is Richie Richardson. He was brilliant, but in the end couldn't handle bridging the gap between being top dog & not so strong. I think its all part of the context when viewing Punter, - people do forget he was a brilliant ODI captain & won 2 world cups, (as captain) without strike weapons in Warne & Lee. When it came to tests, I just wished Ponting would be more like his nickname. BTW - I agree, there was no way Clarke was bagging players who play into their 30s or 40s.

  • popcorn on May 27, 2012, 23:47 GMT

    I think Michael Clarke is being unfair to Cricket Australia and to us - the cricketing public who have so much expectation from this bright young star. Pup has been the Captain -in Waiting for so many years under Ricky Ponting. He is the great hope we have to see Australia dominate World Teat and ODI Cricket for 5 years at least. By saying he may not be around for the ODI World Cup in 2015, he has just two years to prove himself. The Ashes in England are in June July 2013, and the return Ashes in Australia are in December 2013 -2014. So is that ALL his target? Worse still,his understudy Shane Watson as vice captain IS OF THE SAME AGE! And Watson has had only a short stint as Captain of the ODI Squad! Michael Clarke, we need a DOMINANT IMPACT -AT LEAST TWO MORE ASHES SERIES - which means you stay on as Captain till 2017. We don't know Watson's plans either.He is injury prone too. So who do we groom? George Bailey? Tim Paine? Peter Forrest? Dave Warner? They need to captain State sides.

  • Vincent49 on May 27, 2012, 21:50 GMT

    I thinks he's thinking about retirementent because he's in love. Simple as that.

  • bharath74 on May 27, 2012, 15:15 GMT

    I dont think he will be fit Like Tendulkar or Ricky to be able to play at 40. Shane Watson deserves to be the captain rather than Clark

  • anur8g on May 27, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    A "Clarke" class..... ..........

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on May 27, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Clarke is such a great cricketer , the way he has turned around the struggling Australian team was just INCREDIBLE . he says what he believes and do whats best for the team ,along with mahela he has one of the best cricketing minds , way to go man , keep up the good work.

  • Cricket4World on May 27, 2012, 8:29 GMT

    Quite disrespectful to the Baggy Green, I think. Australian cricketers will do anything to win a cap. To say he is willing to give it all away in a short space of time after he has his impact on the game is just selfish. Clarke wants to be remembered for the "best captain since Taylor". I suspect his Test team would struggle without Ponting and Hussey, two players who give everything to the Baggy Green.

  • neerajprasher on May 27, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    Who cares.you can retire tom.BTW you wont survive wen 38 39 40

  • jmcilhinney on May 27, 2012, 6:14 GMT

    I'm not sure that Clarke was criticising those who have played on their late 30s, but rather just using them as a point of comparison. It sounds like he has a clear picture of what he wants to achieve both in cricket and outside, which is great. I don't doubt that he loves cricket but loving cricket doesn't mean that you don;t have ambitions in other areas, which Clarke apparently does. He has certainly been a big part of Australia's recent resurgence, although I'd put that mostly down to improved bowling. If people believe that Clarke's captaincy has made a big difference then that's really evidence that Ponting was a captain of great teams but not a great captain.

  • on May 27, 2012, 4:39 GMT

    Good plans by Pup. But I dont see why we need to drag Sachin or Ponting into this. Each one of these three have their own styles, records, priorities and personalities. Let us leave them alone to their own ways.

  • ajayrcs on May 27, 2012, 4:01 GMT

    Wow Ponting has became a cricket TOP Brand that everyone starts to compare him with every other player in the world including Sachin. So that means Ponting is the Best cricketer ever played outcasting his countrymen Bradman, Isn't it. Bradman said that sachin is just like him and In my opinion Ponting is way better than Bradman.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 26, 2012, 20:54 GMT

    1 of My Favourite Captain Clarke Like Hungry for Victory Ricky Ponting....i Like both players Thinking ...gud luck Clarke

  • on May 26, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    Nice move Clarkey. Becoming a family man with your recent marriage is making you think about LIFE outside of cricket, something that Punter and Tendulkar are unable to do.

  • balajik1968 on May 26, 2012, 19:04 GMT

    That's his personal decision. There is no need to take digs at others. You can play as long as you are fit enough and good enough. What Clarke is saying is that his body may fail him. Well to each their own.

  • Rakesh_Sharma on May 26, 2012, 18:51 GMT

    Why does all cricketers except indian players talk about retirement eve when they are on top.Except Sanjay Manjrekar I do nor remember any player retiring after playing Tests in the range of 50 . I think in India where oppurtunities are few no one should be allowed to play more than say 75 Tests . There has to be limit.

  • The_boundary_lurker on May 26, 2012, 16:03 GMT

    Agreed Mustapha, he'll never be the same as Punter. He's a good sport for starters, charming, self effacing, not a glaring hypocrite, a genuinely great captain and not one who just looks good because he's leading a team with the best bowlers in world cricket. So yes, not like Ponting at all, thank goodness.

  • Ragav999 on May 26, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    He can retire along with Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting! But it would create the same transition problems that Aussies faced after Warne,McGrath, Martyn and Langer retired at the same time.

  • Mustapha8220 on May 26, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @SamAsh07: Well said mate, thats true! He will be until he can move his feet! lol

  • SamAsh07 on May 26, 2012, 13:21 GMT

    Sad part is, even after Clarke's retirement, Sachin will still be playing. Sachin will also be in the Indian team when his son debuts for India.

  • couchpundit on May 26, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @RyanHarrisGreatCricketer - DUDE give me a break...guy who wants not to wait for national / team song and has a fight over the guy who wanted to finish the formality as a unit and then ensures that the said player does not play for australia.....is of Mark Taylor ilk....what do you have against Mark Taylor?

    If you want to Insult mark taylor please call him names...dont compare Clarke to him Please.

  • sanzo5 on May 26, 2012, 11:58 GMT

    @ rahulcricket007 even @ this age sachin was the second highest scorer in world cup.. and he is still fit and playing well... never compare him to any one else... if any one is fit and good enough as sachin.. then let them play as long as they can perform... cricket is about playing 11 fit men who are good enough to play.. age has nothing to do with this...

  • Drew2 on May 26, 2012, 11:30 GMT

    Hey sandyyy, even if Australia doe's "loose" to these teams, I bet they'll put up a monumentally better fight than India has of late.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 26, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    I SEEMS LIKE CLARKE IS TAKING DIG AT SACHIN & PONTING . BOTH PLAYERS HAVE BEEN OLD NOW & NOWHERE NEAR THE BEST THEY WERE IN THE PAST & STILL NOT RETIRING .

  • RyanHarrisGreatCricketer on May 26, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    dats the way to play cricket. there is no point in hanging around when u have lost ur skill just to score meaningfuul centuries . clarke is really from the mark taylor school when it comes to timely retirement.

  • Mustapha8220 on May 26, 2012, 9:46 GMT

    U will never be the same as Punter or Mike Hussey, they always been one of the greatests of cricket! So don't compare urself with them!

  • on May 26, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    @veerakannadiga: i dont know y u ppl include Sachin (GOD) when it comes to retirement. Its a personal choice & nobody has the right to tell or decide it for Sachin to retire. Some ppl says we live in democratic country we have the right to do so, but dude see at urself & Sachin where do u stand!!!! u cant warn a sea with a matchstick!!! Have some decency when ur talking abt legends of games like Sachin, Rahul, Sourav, VVS, Vivshnathan Anand & DhyanChand & many more!!! Nobody is forcing u to watch cricket or sachin, if you dont like him!!! & its really disgraceful to retire when u r at ur peak or doing good.

  • on May 26, 2012, 8:23 GMT

    m.clarke is knowing his limits and players who are playing in late 30ties should think positively about retirement and giving new bend of youth a chance to play for their country.every thing has an end and its better retire with grace rather then being dropped.

  • on May 26, 2012, 8:06 GMT

    If Clarke wants to prolong his test career, he may have to retire from ODI, back trouble stops you from being at your best. The physio better watch this closely otherwise he may be forced into early retirement due to his degenerative back condition.

  • rett on May 26, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    @Vijay Ahale-Clarke also captained Australia to an away series win against Sri Lanka and a drawn series against S.A. in South Africa.

  • RandyOZ on May 26, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    Could well go down as the greatest captain ever at this stage. Will be tough to get more wins as captain than Punter though!

  • Muhtasim13 on May 26, 2012, 7:26 GMT

    Its better to leave when the time is right than to become a burden on the team. 34 is quite an early age to retire, but its his opinion. If i remember correctly, Dhoni also hinted last year about retiring in 2015.

  • veerakannadiga on May 26, 2012, 7:24 GMT

    Sachin please read this article and take a cue from MC. You should have retired 100 years ago..............

  • jonesy2 on May 26, 2012, 6:27 GMT

    yeah true age is just a number clarke shouldnt put any limit on when to retire, he should play for as long as he can really. i think if he can win series against SA, india away then the next 2 ashes then lead what will be the greatest team in the world for about as long as he can making sure he leaves the side in the prepared hands of the next captain although thinking about it that is a long way away because i would say he will be aiming at least for the next world cup and probably beyond. by 2017 he will only be 36

  • zenboomerang on May 26, 2012, 5:51 GMT

    @Daniel Brettig... Actually just looked up Clarkes birthdate & he will only be 34 when the 2015 WC comes around !...

  • satanswish on May 26, 2012, 5:38 GMT

    Gone are the days of retirement with grace.........

  • on May 26, 2012, 5:36 GMT

    Clarke is an instinctive leader, he should have more to give beyond 2015 provided he has the passion left for the game.

  • Baundele on May 26, 2012, 5:27 GMT

    Ponting and Hussey are more fit than Michael even at this moment. Age is just a number.

  • soumyas on May 26, 2012, 4:35 GMT

    before he said he will not play IPL now he has already played...cricketers often change their statements...

  • Raghavendra79 on May 26, 2012, 3:25 GMT

    Dont worry, when you take the retirement Punter will be there to take over the captaincy. I dont think Australia is very much capable to face SA pace attack. Better this is the good time for retirement.

  • zenboomerang on May 26, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @Daniel Brettig :- "2015 World Cup in Australia, though Clarke hinted strongly that he may not make it that far"... Get it together Daniel... Clarke said he wont be playing when he is 38+ & he is currently just turned 31y.o., so he will he 35y.o. when the WC 2015 comes around... Don't let the facts get in the way of a good story :P ...

  • zenboomerang on May 26, 2012, 3:12 GMT

    @Waqas Raza :- "He's very slyly hinting at Ponting's incumbent retirement"... Think you miss the point completely... Clarke physically will unlikely to be able to play cricket at FC level in 4-5 years time; same goes for Watson as well... Ponting & Hussey are both superbly fit without major health issues - doubt if any player batted & fielded better than Hussey (in his age bracket) in the last few IPL series...

  • Hoggy_1989 on May 26, 2012, 3:09 GMT

    His back will give out long before he gets to 40...thats probably what he's thinking. I give Clarke 3-4 more years before the injuries finally catch up with and reduce him to a T20 man. Either that or he's eyeing a spot in the Australian commentary box next to his good mate Shane Warne.

  • Harry_Kool on May 26, 2012, 3:06 GMT

    Age is only a number. Form is what counts. Shiv is 37, Does anyone suggests he should retire because of his age? Graham Gooch's most productive test period was between the ages of 36-40 (when he scored 333 & a century in the one test). Form, guys, is & should be the only factor.

  • Sinhaya on May 26, 2012, 2:58 GMT

    Well done Clarkey! Retire honorably like how Lara, Warne and McGrath did. Dont just wait playing for the sake of playing like Jayasuriya, Tendulkar, Ponting etc are doing.

  • on May 26, 2012, 2:55 GMT

    Really a good statement from a great cricketer... Indian 'GOD' Sachin should realize his state and try to get retirement from ODI and Tests.. Playing at 40 is looks like utter selfish..

  • on May 26, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    Clarke , One of my Favorite aussie player. good gentleman

  • Emancipator007 on May 26, 2012, 2:26 GMT

    LOL:Greg C's influence? Greg has always wanted batsmen to retire by 34-35 irrespective of whether they are good enuf to play till 38-40 -which was OK in eras when players had to get back to full-time jobs cos of pathetic remuneration from cricket playing. Bats like Gooch,Stewart,Greenidge, Lloyd and previous eras Don and Hobbs played till 40 and above. Sunny was so good at 37 when he retired; could have played till 40, so also Lara who was ousted at 38.This is purely Clarke's decision and no need to take digs against players who want/ed to continue till 40 or plus (if they are/were good enuf to be in team).Many humans/high-performance sports personalities have other ambitions/pursuits which they want to explore outside their sports expertise/inherent talents. I seem to remember Peter Gabriel having a successful singing career before moving onto hi-tech/Internet biz. Kapil has a massively flourishing construction/other avenues biz (cricket opportunities' fees are pocket money for him).

  • Moppa on May 26, 2012, 2:13 GMT

    As usual, Clarke showing that he's eminently sensible and balanced. He may not win back the Ashes in 2013, but it will not be due to a lack of leadership and strategy, more likely a lack of (batting) cattle. Clarke's captaincy has been excellent - he truly is Mark Taylor's successor. @Vindaliew, nice sentiments, I hope you are right.

  • on May 26, 2012, 1:54 GMT

    real test for punter will come when aussies play quality bowling attacks like south africa or england , till now they have drawn against mediocore new zealand at home ,thrashed tired indians and beaten windies away , but he is the best bet for leading australia now , may be warner can be tried with T20 and one dayers in next two years

  • wiseshah on May 26, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    why u talk about ponting? his grand father tendulkar, ganguly still plays

  • Nadeem1976 on May 26, 2012, 1:49 GMT

    It's so funny that players make comments like that. I like the idea , play international cricket till 2015 and then play IPL (business part) and enjoy life.

    IPL is so good for all cricketers in the world they just start thinking about retirement at the start of age 30.

    IPL is awesome man.

  • on May 26, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    I wish he'd leave already, can't stand the guy to be honest.

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:59 GMT

    I guess Clarke would retire at 34, just like Mark Taylor, and hand over the captaincy to Dave Warner. Don't use Shane Watson, we've all seen what happened to Flintoff, too much burden of batting, bowling and captaincy made his form slip away. Once Clarke has had enough why continue. Just getting off the topic of cricket, Casey Stoner the MotoGP champion recently announced his retirement from racing, so Clarke may have followed Casey Stoner's script and wanted a family life since he has married.

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:53 GMT

    Clarke is very pragmatic, he has the kind of stoicism that will inevitably lead him to butting heads with the business minded individuals in the sport but ultimately earn him a lot of respect if he keeps walking down the path he 's travelling.

  • on May 26, 2012, 0:10 GMT

    This is hint to all the oldies to retire, plain and simple. This guy showed contempt at IPL 3 years ago; but joined it his year. So, don't be surprised if he plays into the latter half of his late thirties, if he is doing reasonably well. I can bet on it.

  • on May 25, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    Well he didnt spell it, but he is also trying to teach a lesson or 2 to 10dulkar

  • on May 25, 2012, 22:30 GMT

    Very nice clear concept of game..Sachin should learn from him.Sachin..Sachin..Sachin ...please do not selfish.

  • on May 25, 2012, 22:28 GMT

    You CAN'T be the guy playing at 40 (period).

  • on May 25, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Each to their own I suppose. I can think of plenty of former players who would have played into their 80s if they could have and had to be more or less forcibly moved into retirement. Always a sad day when it comes.

  • shuvo_bba on May 25, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    So Shocking to hear about your retiring! isn't it? YOu just started things why would u think when to end? Keep on playing pUp that's what your team and country needs for the next 7 or 8 years!

  • on May 25, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    No shortage of minced words from Clarke there. He's very slyly hinting at Ponting's incumbent retirement.

  • sandyyy on May 25, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Ok pup. So all you want is to retire when you have good name. Then its time to retire now. Because you will loose to SA, England and India (if they come out of IPL mood).

  • hhillbumper on May 25, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    He should keep playing as long as possible.God knows Aus have non one else do they?

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 25, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Perhaps Punter will still be around to re-assume the captaincy when Clarke retires :)

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Clarke's Target before Retirement: Ashes and World-cup.

  • Vindaliew on May 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Australian cricket, and cricket in general, would be well-served the longer Michael Clarke stays at the helm of Australia - he has brought respectability back to an Australian side which for the best part of two decades were held in awe for their results but pretty disliked for their over-aggression which pushed the boundaries of sport. Under Clarke, Australia have regained the hearts of the neutral cricket fans, and many of us would be genuinely delighted for Australia if they had a World Cup or Ashes win, unlike the old days under Ponting when every defeat was celebrated with the jubilation of seeing a bully get his just desserts. Here's hoping that Pup can manage his injury well, and, long or short, have a wonderful captaincy ahead of him, and carve his name into the record books the way his predecessor did. If he could surpass him the neutral cricketing world would be even happier.

  • samincolumbia on May 25, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Ponting can take over from Clarke when Clarke retires at 38!

  • m0se on May 25, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    move on to other pursuits like ... captain on IPL team?

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  • m0se on May 25, 2012, 19:03 GMT

    move on to other pursuits like ... captain on IPL team?

  • samincolumbia on May 25, 2012, 19:10 GMT

    Ponting can take over from Clarke when Clarke retires at 38!

  • Vindaliew on May 25, 2012, 20:02 GMT

    Australian cricket, and cricket in general, would be well-served the longer Michael Clarke stays at the helm of Australia - he has brought respectability back to an Australian side which for the best part of two decades were held in awe for their results but pretty disliked for their over-aggression which pushed the boundaries of sport. Under Clarke, Australia have regained the hearts of the neutral cricket fans, and many of us would be genuinely delighted for Australia if they had a World Cup or Ashes win, unlike the old days under Ponting when every defeat was celebrated with the jubilation of seeing a bully get his just desserts. Here's hoping that Pup can manage his injury well, and, long or short, have a wonderful captaincy ahead of him, and carve his name into the record books the way his predecessor did. If he could surpass him the neutral cricketing world would be even happier.

  • on May 25, 2012, 20:06 GMT

    Clarke's Target before Retirement: Ashes and World-cup.

  • AdrianVanDenStael on May 25, 2012, 20:18 GMT

    Perhaps Punter will still be around to re-assume the captaincy when Clarke retires :)

  • hhillbumper on May 25, 2012, 20:20 GMT

    He should keep playing as long as possible.God knows Aus have non one else do they?

  • sandyyy on May 25, 2012, 20:53 GMT

    Ok pup. So all you want is to retire when you have good name. Then its time to retire now. Because you will loose to SA, England and India (if they come out of IPL mood).

  • on May 25, 2012, 21:18 GMT

    No shortage of minced words from Clarke there. He's very slyly hinting at Ponting's incumbent retirement.

  • shuvo_bba on May 25, 2012, 21:59 GMT

    So Shocking to hear about your retiring! isn't it? YOu just started things why would u think when to end? Keep on playing pUp that's what your team and country needs for the next 7 or 8 years!

  • on May 25, 2012, 22:06 GMT

    Each to their own I suppose. I can think of plenty of former players who would have played into their 80s if they could have and had to be more or less forcibly moved into retirement. Always a sad day when it comes.