So, Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from international cricket after the final Ashes test at the oval. Many have already paid tribute, we’re not so bothered about doing that. Here’s why.
Clarke has a decent record as a batsman and captain of Australia, but he’s playing here in England, and his record here isn’t impressive at all. He hasn’t won a series here, nor has he made many good contributions with the bat. His most famous contribution to Ashes cricket was his abuse (let’s not call it sledging, sledging is an art-form, not crude abuse) to James Anderson.
So we’re not going to write a gushing tribute that we don’t believe in. We don’t wish Clarke any ill will, and hope he finds greater success in the future.
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