Michael Clarke is a former international cricketer and he represented the Australian cricket team and was also the captain of the team. He also helped Australia in winning the fifth cricket World Cup and also white washed England by 5-0 in the Ashes series of 2013-14. He is a right handed batsman and occasional left arm orthodox bowler and he represented New South Wales in domestic cricket. He also holds the record of being the only test cricketer to achieve four double centuries in a calendar year. After winning the 2015 World Cup, he announced his retirement from One Day Internationals (ODI)cricket and after getting defeated in the Ashes series, on 8th August 2015, he declared his retirement from all forms of cricket.
Born on 2nd April 1981 in Liverpool, New South Wales, Australia, he was interested in sports since childhood. His father used to own an indoor sports centre. Clarke started playing cricket since childhood and used to play it in his school. Later, he started playing cricket professionally and then was selected in the New South Wales team at the age of seventeen. Clarke was an AIS Australian Cricket Academy scholarship holder and he also played at an English Club Team known as Ramsbottom Cricket Club. He then got selected in the ODI series and made his debut in January 2003 against England. He performed well at the domestic cricket and then selected for the Australian cricket team for the Indian tour. He made his international test debut against India at Bangalore in October 2004 and on his debut he scored 151 runs creating an impact for his team and also helped his team in winning the match. Apart from batting, he also created an impact with his bowling and took six wickets in the fourth match. He was then included in the team against New Zealand and he then made his maiden international century in test at home against New Zealand in Brisbane. His performance throughout the year helped him in winning the 2005 Allan Border Medal. He was then included in the 2005 Ashes series but he failed to perform well that led the selectors to drop him from the team. However, he was in the ODI team and also played the 2007 world cup and helped his team in winning the world cup. He made four half centuries in the world cup and proved vital for his team. He was also a part of the ICC Twenty20 tournament of 2007 but failed miserably. H was then again included in the test team for the match against Sri Lanka and in November 2007 he made his comeback by hitting a half century against Sri Lanka. Later in the innings he also scored 145* and later he was included in the Twenty20 game against New Zealand and was also managed as the captain of the Twenty20 team. Later in 2008, after the retirement of Adam Gilchrist, He was named as the vice captain of the team and later he performed well in the two test series against New Zealand and he scored 110, 98 and was declared as the man of the series. In 2009, he was declared as the Test Cricketer of the year and also won the 2009 Allan Border Medal. In January 2011, Clarke was appointed as the captain in the fifth test of the 2010-11 Ashes series. In 2011 Clarke retired from T20 format to concentrate on the longer form of games. After Pointing stepped down from the captaincy, Clarke was appointed as the captain of both test and ODI. He entered the world cup as the captain of Australia. Later in 2012, in the test series against India Clarke scored a triple century ad became the first Australian captain since 2003, he was the first batsman to do so. He led Australia to win the series 4-0 and was named as the man of the tournament. In 2014, he was struggling due to injuries. In 2015, H announced that he will retire from ODI after the 2015 world cup. He led his team in winning the tournament and then retired from the ODI format. He played 244 ODI matches and scored 7907 runs that included 8 centuries and 58 half centuries. Later in 2015, he announced that he would retire from all forms of cricket after the 2015 Ashes series and after the fifth match of the series, he retired from all forms of cricket.
Clarke is married to Kyle Body in 2012 and the couple I blessed with a baby girl. In 2005-06 he was also diagnosed with skin cancer and at the age of 17 he was diagnosed with chronic back pain