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Michael Clarke to retirement from ODIs after New Zealand clash

MELBOURNE: As Australia and New Zealand all set to take on each other in the final of ICC cricket World Cup, Aussies skipper Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODI).

The World Cup final will be the last match of 33 year-old cricketer’s outstanding career.

However he will continue playing Test cricket. “I just want everyone to know that tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia,” Clarke said on Saturday.

Clarke first broke the news to Cricket Australia boss James Sutherland, chief selector Rod Marsh and national coach Darren Lehmann.

The skipper has battled back and hamstring injuries this summer and is set to lead Australia on Test tours of West Indies and England later this year.

Clarke was racing the clock to be fit for the World Cup following hamstring surgery.

“I think it’s the right time for me and the Australian cricket team. “I don’t think it’s realistic that I’ll be fit and healthy and available to play in the next World Cup (in 2019).

“I think I leave the one-day game for the Australian team in a better place than when I took over the captaincy.”

Clarke is Australia’s fourth-highest ODI run-scorer of all-time, having hit 7,909 runs at an average of 44.42 and strike rate of 78.81.

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