Michael Clarke rubbishes rumours of retirement

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Clarke is “not ready” to “walk away” from the sport he loves

Australia Test captain Michael Clarke has rubbished rumours of his retirement after reports emerged that he was on the verge of quitting due to his side failing to regain the Ashes.

Clarke recently went through a six-Test losing streak, a feat which has not been accomplished since Kim Hughes was in charge of the national team back in 1984.

“I’m not retiring in the near future,” Clarke said. “I’m like every other player — you get frustrated that you don’t make as many runs as you would like and get frustrated that the team’s not having success but that only makes the challenge more exciting I guess.

“I want to help this team have success. I want to make sure I’m leading the way and scoring runs and I’m 32 and not 36, so luckily I’ve got a few years before I have that discussion.”

Clarke added that he was “not ready” to “walk away” from sport he loves.

“I’m not ready to walk away from cricket,” he said. “I love the game as much now as I ever have that’s for sure. I have no intention to walk away from this game right now.

“As a captain you probably take it more personally when the team doesn’t have as much success as you would like, which probably just makes me work harder.”

Despite being narrowly beaten at Trent Bridge by 14 runs and then by 347 runs at Lord’s, Clarke admitted that he and his entire team have “got to give credit to England” for their outstanding all-round performance throughout the historic series.

“We’ve got to play better cricket but like I said after Lord’s I’m confident we can turn it around I really am, I’m confident we can win these next two Test matches,” Clarke said. “I think you’ve got to give credit to England as well.

“They’re bowling very well with reverse swing and their spinners are doing a very good job at the moment. Their batters are finding a way to get through the very tough periods and make big scores. That’s the difference at the moment.”

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