Clarke should retire from ODIs after the World Cup, says Allan Border

"If he wants to prolong his career, I think he should give away the short form"

“If he wants to prolong his career, I think he should give away the [shorter format]”

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Legendary Australia captain Allan Border has announced that current skipper Michael Clarke should retire from ODIs after the 2015 World Cup.

Border’s comments come after Clarke re-injured his hamstring during the first ODI against South Africa in Perth.

“If he wants to prolong his career, I think he should give away the [shorter format],” Border was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald on Wednesday. “We’ve got a home World Cup only a few months away, fingers crossed he can get himself through that, and I would be thinking then I’ve had my crack at the World Cup, whatever happens I’m going to concentrate for the next couple of years on being the the best Test player I can be.”

In his new book, titled As I See It, Border states that Clarke can go on to become the country’s leading run-scorer in Test history.

“If Michael’s dodgy back holds up, I see no reason why he shouldn’t go right to the top of that list,” Border wrote. “I would think that would be less stress on his body, not as much energy required with running between the wickets, that kind of thing. To me that would be the perfect scenario.”

However, Border added that he was open to the idea of having someone younger, like Steve Smith, captain the Test side if both Clarke and vice-captain Brad Haddin were unavailable.

“You never find out until you give these people a bit of a run at it,” he said. “If circumstances force your hand I’ve got no problem throwing a younger player in. If Brad Haddin is fit and the captain’s crook, he takes over the job. If it’s a bit more of a long-term thing, you think who’s our next obvious candidate, and it probably is someone like Steve Smith.”

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