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Michael Clarke to retire from ODIs

Michael Clarke Australia ODI World Cup Cricket India Crowd Melbourne
Photo courtesy of Michael Clarke Facebook

Michael Clarke to retire from ODIs

Michael Clarke Australia ODI World Cup Cricket India Crowd Melbourne
Photo courtesy of Michael Clarke Facebook

Australia captain Michael Clarke announced this past week that the World Cup final match against New Zealand will be his last one-day international.

"I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old said. "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'."

ODI Statistics

Michael Clarke Bat Australia Yellow Cricket
Photo courtesy of Michael Clarke Facebook

ODI Statistics

Michael Clarke Bat Australia Yellow Cricket
Photo courtesy of Michael Clarke Facebook

Clarke has played 244 one-day internationals, having scored 7,907 runs over his ODI career. He debuted in 2003, with his highest scoring output being 130.

He expects to keep playing Tests, however, having already featured in 108 matches, with 8,432 runs and a highest score of 329 not out.

Perfect Stage to Say Good-Bye On

2015 Cricket World Cup Australia
Photo courtesy of Australian Cricket Team Facebook

Perfect Stage to Say Good-Bye On

2015 Cricket World Cup Australia
Photo courtesy of Australian Cricket Team Facebook

Clarke's final match will come in a tournament that really has swept the world off its feet.

The ICC noted a a crowd of 86,000 at the MCG for the India-South Africa pool match on February 22 - "a phenomenal result given that neither of the host teams were involved."

On the web, the ICC's site and affiliates have attracted an all-time high of 227 million page views during the 2015 tournament.

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