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by Sandeep Shivam Saturday 28 March 2015
Australian captain Michael Clarke has announced that the World Cup final against New Zealand on Sunday at the Melbourne Cricket Ground will be his last One-Day International game.Reflecting on his decision to quit ODIs, the 33-year-old stated that the decision was taken with an eye on the next World Cup in 2019."I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," Clarke told reporters."I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said to myself that I don't think I will be." Having represented Australia in 244 ODIs, Clarke has compiled 7907 runs at an average of 44.42 with eight centuries and 57 half-centuries.
Injuries over the years have curtailed Clarke’s international career forcing him to miss a lot of Tests and ODIs with the hamstring injury in December being the latest.
After a surgery followed by a lengthy rehabilitation program, Clarke made a comeback to international cricket in the World Cup match against New Zealand in Auckland.However the Australian captain hasn’t had a great tournament so far with just 145 runs from five innings.
Having won four of their six World Cup finals previously, Australia head into Sunday's encounter targeting their fifth title which will also be their first at home.Incase Australia wins the World Cup on Sunday, Clarke will become the fourth Australian captain after Allan Border, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting to achieve the feat.© Cricket World 2015