Michael Clarke the captain of the Australian cricket team has confirmed he will retire from international cricket at the end of the ongoing Ashes series.

“I’ll have one more Test and that will be the end of my career,” Clarke told Channel Nine after the loss. “I’m retiring from international cricket. I certainly don’t want to jump ship and leave the boys now, so I’ll play the last Test at The Oval, give it one last crack, but the time is right now.”

Cricket Australia knew they found an extraordinary talent when Michael Clarke made his dazzling debut in Bangalore in 2004.

He has been a completely professional player throughout his captaincy, a courageous and brave leader who has given everything for his country.

There have been numerous incredible accomplishments all through his cricketing career but there were two innings that proved he’s a great leader. His brave hundred against South Africa at Cape Town a year ago was instrumental in Australia defeating the Proteas and reclaiming the number one position in Test Cricket rankings.

The second innings was against India in Adelaide last summer, which was one of the most difficult periods in the history of Australian sport. Michael Clarke stood up as a leader during this time and scored a fine century against India.

He is one of Australia’s all-time greats and as a fantastic role model to the young cricketers of Australia about what they can accomplish through dedication and commitment.

Congratulations and thank you for an outstanding career by a remarkable individual and beloved member of the Spartan family. All the best in your next phase!