Comeback is on the cards for former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who’s set to join the Sydney-based Western Suburbs grade squad. Clarke had earlier retired from all cricketing forms following Australia’s loss in the 2015 Ashes series. His persisting back problems were also cited as a cause for his early retirement from the sport.
Though the 34-year old doesn’t seem to have any plans of rejoining the Australian national squad or in the longer format of the game, he’s however keen to play in the shorter formats, in the IPL and most definitely in the Big Bash League, next season. His participation in county cricket was also mentioned, specifically in the Australian domestic event, the Sheffield Trophy for New South Wales.
Speaking about his comeback Clarke said that his four-month long absence from the sport was good for his mind and body, but that at the same time his love for the sport was too much for him to stay away. He also emphasised that his upcoming grade match would be a good starting point for him to gauge whether he wants to take a firmer step towards rejoining the sport.
In his career, Clarke played 115 tests, scoring over 8,500 runs and 234 ODIs, scoring over 7,500 runs for Australia. Clarke will play his first match for Western Suburbs on 20th-21st February against Randwick Petersham at Pratten Park.