Michael Clarke mulls IPL participation

Michael Clarke mulls IPL participation
Michael Clarke, who has recently retired from international cricket, is considering playing in the Indian Premier League in the future.
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Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who has recently retired from international cricket, is considering playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the future.

Having announced his retirement after losing the series at Trent Bridge, Clarke signed off with a win after Australia defeated England in the final Test. 

Clarke, who is currently contracted to the Melbourne Stars in the KFC Big Bash till 2016, admitted that playing in the IPL was in his mind. 

“That (playing in the IPL) is probably one of the things I’ve got to think about over the next week or so,” Clarke told Triple M’s Hot Breakfast.

“What I’m going to do there, am I going to look at that as an option?

“I’ll spend the next few days trying to sum that up.

"See where my mind is at, see where my body is at and have a good think about it.” 

In 2012, Clarke featured for the Pune Warriors franchise, but did not enjoy a great time, scoring just 98 runs from six matches at a strike rate of 104.25.

Subsequently, the 34-year-old turned down other offers to play in the IPL, giving his full attention to playing international cricket for Australia.

In the shortest format of the game, Clarke averages 21.05 from 46 matches, with 737 runs under his belt, scoring just one half-century.

Subsequently, Clarke went on to state that he wants to spend some quality time with his family first, before taking any further decisions. 

“Kyly (Clarke’s wife) and I are going to go away for a week or so before I fly back home.

“And that’s just going to give me some time to have a think about what I’m going to do when I get home.

“I haven’t had a chance to press stop and have a think about things.

“Now I’ve finally got that opportunity I just want to make the most of that and spend some time with her and have a really good think.” 

Acknowledging that cricket has been an integral part of his life so far, Clarke says he is excited to enjoy life away from the game after his retirement.

“It’s exciting. Cricket’s been in my life since the age of six when I started playing this great game.
“I think it’ll always be in my blood but it’s exciting now to try some new things that I’m really looking forward to.”

After the completion of the final Ashes Test at The Oval, Clarke and his Australian team-mates joined the England players in sharing a drink.

Early in the series, Australia refused to share a post-match drink with the England players, citing that it was a tradition to do so after the series was over.

Clarke agreed that it was important to share a drink with the England players after the series to congratulate them for playing well in the Ashes.

“It was good, like it always is after a series win or lose.

“Since I’ve been captain we’ve always gone into the opposition’s change rooms.

“They’re a good bunch of fellas. They played really well.

“Cooky’s (Cook) a great guy.

“We’ve had a long standing relationship, played a lot of cricket against each other and we always try and catch up after the series.

“So it was important to get in there and congratulate them and have that beer.

“The positive side for us is we won that last Test so that probably put a little smile on our face too.”

The Australian One-Day International squad, under the leadership of Steve Smith, will now head to Belfast to play Ireland in a one-off ODI on 27th August. 

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