The Courier-Mail

Clarke regrets series loss for mates

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AFTER spending some time away from the game, the only regret Michael Clarke has is that he could not leave an Australian team in transition on a more positive note.

Following Clarke’s internatio­nal retirement, both Shane Watson and Chris Rogers have called time on their Test careers, while Brad Haddin is expected to soon follow suit.

But Clarke, who has only just returned to Sydney following a European getaway with his pregnant wife Kyly, has no doubt he made the right decision.

“There’s obviously still a bit of disappoint­ment there in regards to the result of the series,” Clarke said.

“And now I’m seeing so many of my teammates also retire, I wish I could have helped us go out on a high for those guys. But for me, personally, I know I’ve made the right decision.”

Clarke attended the memorial service for the late Arthur Morris at the SCG, where he sat next to Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland during proceeding­s.

He said paying his respects to a former Australian great was the “least he could do” for a generation that paved the way for the modern game.

“We are absolutely blessed these days as current Australian cricketers, or recently retired,” he said.

“For the modern game we’re so lucky and it’s because of what these great players did before us.

“You look at the facilities we have, the way we travel, the hotels we stay at – the least I can do is be here to support.”

After pulling out of the first year of his Big Bash League contract with the Melbourne Stars, Clarke will spend his immediate future working closely with his cricket academy and, of course, preparing for the arrival of his first child in January.

“It’s nice to be home and just spend some time away from cricket,” he said.

“The next couple of weeks for me, it’s really important to focus on my cricket academy. At the end of September we’ve got a week camp so I’d like to spend as much time with those boys and girls as possible.”

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RIGHT CHOICE: Michael Clarke backs his retirement.

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