Nottingham - Australia captain Michael Clarke said on Saturday he would retire from
international cricket after the fifth Ashes Test against England at The
Oval later this month.
The 34-year-old Clarke made his
announcement after England completed a crushing innings and 78 run
victory over Australia in the fourth Test at Trent Bridge to take an
unbeatable 3-1 lead in the five-match Ashes series.
"I will have one more Test and that is the end of my career," said Clarke during the post-match presentation ceremony.
am retiring from international cricket. I don't want to jump ship now
so I will have one more go at The Oval," he added after reports in
Australian media earlier Saturday that he was about to end his Australia
The fifth Test starts at The Oval, in south London, on August 20.
34-year-old Clarke, one of the best batsmen of his generation but
plagued by a longstanding back problem and more recent hamstring
trouble, is in a desperate run of form, having reached 25 just six times
in his last 30 Test innings.
Clarke has made 28 Test centuries, one short of Australia batting great Donald Bradman's tally, in his 114-match career.
defeat saw Clarke become the first Australian in more than a century to
lose four successive Ashes series in England.
just 16.71 in eight innings this Ashes, with a top score of 38 and, as a
consequence, his career Test average has dropped below 50 - widely
considered to be the mark of an all-time great.
He retired from
one-day international cricket after leading Australia to World Cup glory
on home soil earlier this year, with Clarke saying he had made the
decision in order to prolong his Test career.
One of the few
major targets left for Clarke would have been to win a Test series in
England, having previously been on the losing side during Australia's
tours in 2005, 2009 and 2013.
But this is one achievement that will now elude him.
Heir apparent Steven Smith is now set to become Australia's captain for their next Test series in Bangladesh.