Former Australian captain, Michael Clarke has confirmed that he will be making a comeback in cricket in just 5 months after he announced his retirement from cricket.
Clarke retired from the International cricket after the Ashes series in England. Michael Clarke to play for his New South Wales grade club Western Suburbs against Randwick-Petersham at Pratten Park on Feb 20-21. It is the same day that Australia will take on New Zealand in the second Test.
Clarke would love to continue to play Indian Premier League and Big Bash League. In his last test series, he scored only 132 runs at an average of 16.5.
Clarke said,“To step away from cricket for four months has been great, I have found my body has enjoyed it and my mind has really enjoyed it too.”
“At the same time I’ve realised the game of cricket is in my blood. I’ve been looking for an outlet to replace what I’ve chosen to walk away from.”
“So I’ll start with playing this grade game for Western Suburbs and see if I miss it as much as I feel like I’m going to.”
“If I do, the option is there to train the entire winter and then we’ll see what happens.”
“There’s BBL next summer, I’d love to be a part of that, IPL, county cricket. There’s possibly even Sheffield Shield cricket for NSW.”
“I’ve still been training all the time. Training has always been such a big part of my life and I enjoy it, so my body is feeling amazing and my back feels outstanding.”
He added,“It’s about the enjoyment, the feeling you used to get when you were a little kid and you’d wake up on a Saturday morning and look outside to check the conditions.”
“You wanted it to be sunny, because that meant you’d get a full day in. That’s why I am going to see how it feels to get back out there and just enjoy playing the game.
“I always knew I would miss being around my teammates and the teams I had played in,” the former captain said.