London - Former Australia captain Michael Clarke was given an honorary life membership of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) on Tuesday.
Clarke retired from international cricket last year after establishing himself as one of Australia's finest batsmen with 8,643 runs in 115 Tests.
The 35-year-old follows in the footsteps of former Australia team-mates Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting, who are also life members of the MCC.
Clarke scored 416 runs in five Test matches at the MCC's historic Lord's home.
"This is a fantastic honour and I am delighted to become an MCC honorary life member," Clarke said.
"MCC is the most prestigious cricket club in the world and to be invited to become a member is a great privilege.
"Lord's has always been a very special place to play cricket, and I've got some great memories of playing there so I'm really looking forward to coming back as a member of MCC."