Michael Clarke has announced that he will be walking away from international cricket after the fifth and final Ashes Test at the Oval starting on 20 August. We look at Clarke's most important numbers in his Test career.
1 – The number of games it took Clarke to score his first Test century. He hit 151, on debut, in the first innings of his first Test against India in Bangalore as Australia won by 217 runs in October 2004. A star was born.
2 – The number of five-wicket hauls Clarke has taken in his career. He was a more than handy left-arm spinner, and was something of a partnership-breaker. he bowled less later on as he developed a back injury.
10 – The number of months he was in the Test team before he was dropped, due to poor form, in November 2005. He made his comeback to the side on the tour to Bangladesh in April of 2006.
2011 – Is named as Australia's Test captain in 2011, taking over from Ricky Ponting after the Aussies lose the 2010-2011 Ashes series in England.
329* – Clarke becomes the third Australia captain to score a triple-century as hit 329 not out against India at the SCG in January 2012.
As Channel Nine commentator, Mark Nicholas, put it when he brought up the special milestone: "The Sydney Cricket Ground becomes Michael Clarke's kingdom for the day."
11 – When Australia lost against England in the fourth Ashes Test in 2015, Clarke had the unwanted record of the most defeats by an Australian in England.
He played when they lost two matches in 2005, another two in 2009, three in 2015 and lost one Test when Australia played Pakistan in England in July 2009.
50 – Clarke becomes only the fourth Australia player to score a century in his 50th Test. He scored the hundred against England at Edgbaston in 2009.
100 – Clarke is captain as he plays in his 100th Test for the Aussies in December 2013 against England in Perth. England captain Alastair Cook also played his 100th Test in same game.
49.30 – Clarke's average when he announced his retirement in August 2015 was just a shade under 50. After averaging more than a half-ton, a run of poor form saw his runs dry up and his average drop, which made him bring forward his retirement.
114 – Clarke announces his retirement after his 114th Test in Nottingham after the fourth Ashes Test. He will, barring injury, play in his 115th and final international match in the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval in 2015.
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“I need more time to think, that’s the honest answer. It’s a big decision, it’s a big commitment.”