Australian captain Michael Clarke to retire after 5th Ashes Test

Australia captain Michael Clarke is set to retire at the end of the ongoing Ashes series, Australian media reported Saturday.

Australian captain Michael Clarke to retire after 5th Ashes Test

Sydney: Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from international cricket after his side suffered a humiliating innings defeat at the hands of a young English side in the fourth Test of the ongoing Ashes series. The fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval will be his final match, starting on August 20.

The 34-year-old Clarke, one of the best batsmen of his generation, seems certain to preside over a series-losing defeat in the fourth Test at Nottingham`s Trent Bridge ground on Saturday.

Earlier, the Sydney Daily Telegraph, the paper for which Clarke writes a column, said the star batsman would retire at the end of the Ashes even though only last week the Australia captain made clear his determination to continue his career.

Clarke, plagued by a longstanding back problem and more recent hamstring trouble, is in a desperate run of form with the bat, having reached 25 just six times in his last 30 Test innings.

And he has become the first Australian in more than a century to lose four successive Ashes series in England.

Steven Smith is likely to become Australia`s captain for their next Test series in Bangladesh.

Clarke has made 28 Test centuries, one short of Australia batting great Donald Bradman`s tally, in his 114-match career.

Clarke averages 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.

(With Agency inputs)

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