Ex Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has shocked everyone by announcing that he will come out of retirement to play in February.
Clarke, 34, who retired shortly after the Ashes debacle last August, will play first class cricket for Sydney grade team Western Suburbs, who play against the Randwick-Petersham on Feb. 20. Clarke has already played for the Western Suburbs as a youngster.
“I’ve realised the game of cricket is in my blood,” Clarke was quoted saying to BBC.
“I’ll start with this grade game and see if I miss it as much as I feel like I’m going to. If I do, the option is there to train the entire winter and then we’ll see what happens.”
Clarke said his focus will be on the shorter format of the game, and emphasised that he would “love to be a part” of Australia’s Big Bash League, the Indian Premier League and English county cricket.
Clarke’s career took a drastic dip due to his back problems and the break from cricket has helped him recover from the injury. He has also fallen out with the Australian selectors and administration during the end of his career, but the sportsman believes “never say never to anything.”
“I’ve still been training all the time,” Clarke told news.com.au. “Training has always been such a big part of my life and I enjoy it, so my body is feeling amazing and my back feels outstanding.”
It will be interesting to see how the Australian selectors treat this announcement. If Clarke plays well domestically, we may well see him in Australian colours once again. He also said there is a possibility he will play Sheffield Shield cricket for the New South Wales, which will help him regain some touch before he explores other options.
Michael Clarke played 115 Tests and 245 one-day internationals for Australia.