Clarke was recognised for "distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community". He played 115 Tests, 245 ODIs and 34 T20Is and retired in 2015 as the fourth-highest run-getter for his country in both Tests and ODIs. He was the captain when Australia whitewashed England 5-0 in 2013-14 to regain the Ashes. Under him, Australia also won the 2015 ODI World Cup.
In an Instagram post, Clarke thanked his family, friends and team-mates for their support throughout his career.
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I'm not sure how to express the gratitude and honour I have today, for receiving such a prestigious award. As surprised as I was to be seen in such light, and alongside some of my heroes, it makes me very proud to say that cricket has given me so much more than I could ever have imagined, and this is another example of why I owe the game so much. Without the support of my family, friends, fans and teammates, I wouldn't be where I am today. This recognition and accolade is as much for you guys as it is for my contribution. #orderofaustralia #2020
Larsen, the former Australia Women allrounder, was honoured "for significant service to cricket as a player, selector, manager and coach at the elite level". She played 15 Tests and 49 ODIs from 1984 to 1992 and led Australia to the 1988 ODI World Cup title. Larsen was instrumental in the integration of the International Women's Cricket Council with the ICC as well.
More than 20 Australian cricketers have received Order of Australia honours to date, including Donald Bradman, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Belinda Clark, Glenn McGrath, Matthew Hayden, Dennis Lillee, Bob Simpson, Keith Miller, Justin Langer, Ricky Ponting, Alan Davidson and Dean Jones.