The former Australian skipper will be putting on the pads for NSW’s Western Suburbs grade cricket club late next month in a match against Randwick-Petersham, but Pup is already looking to return to the game’s more prominent fields.
“I’ve realised the game of cricket is in my blood. I’ve been looking for an outlet to replace what I’ve chosen to walk away from…There’s BBL next summer, I’d love to be a part of that, IPL, county cricket. There’s possibly even Sheffield Shield cricket for NSW.”
Michael Clarke’s T20 record. Great player yes, but they’re his short-game numbers through his prime. pic.twitter.com/dKsEaQqEGJ
— Andy Maher (@AndyMaherSEN) January 30, 2016
“Pull the other one,” Michael Clarke’s hamstring said about talk of Clarke coming out of retirement
— Colin Fry (@colinfry666) January 30, 2016
Never understood why Michael #Clarke retired from all forms of cricket. Should’ve kept playing BBL and IPL, now a comeback just looks silly
— Oliver Caffrey (@SN_OliverCaff) January 30, 2016
The 34-year-old called it a day after a final, less-than-stellar Ashes performance (which we will discuss no further) and significant injury issues with his back; he says that latter issue has largely resolved itself, allowing him to pick his game right back up.
“To step away from cricket for four months has been great, I have found my body has enjoyed it and my mind has really enjoyed it too.”
Somewhere, Steve Smith’s longing eyes furrow, darkening even further.