Clarke to quit ODI’s after WC final

2015 World Cup

Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he will retire from ODI's after his side's World Cup final against New Zealand at the MCG on Sunday.

Clarke will play his 245th and final ODI as he will lead his team out at the 100 000 seater MCG stadium as they attempt to win their fifth World Cup crown.

The 33 year-old Clarke said doesn't think he will play at the next World Cup in 2019 and wanted to give the next Australia ODI captain a chance to impose his ideas on the team, just as he was afforded the opportunity to do four years ago.

The right-handed batsman has scored 7907 runs at an average of 44.42, including eight centuries and 57 fifties in his ODI career. He has however made it clear that he wants to continue to lead the Test side.

On the eve of the World Cup final, Clarke said: "Tomorrow will be my last ODI game for Australia. I'm extremely thankful and grateful – I've just found out that tomorrow will be my 245th one-day game – it's been an honour and a privilege to represent my country for that amount of games.

"I'm grateful to every player I have been lucky enough to play with and this team is no exception to that. I think it is the right time for me and the Australian team. I was very fortunate four years ago to get the opportunity to captain this one-day team.

"That was really good preparation for me leading up to this World Cup, I think the next Australian captain deserves the same opportunity. I don't think it is realistic that I'll be fit and healthy and available to play the next World Cup so I believe it is the right time.

"I still think I've got a lot to offer the team as captain of the Australian Test team, and I want to make sure I continue to have success in that format."

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