Michael Clarke was appointed recently an Officer in the Order of Australia. The designation is considered to be one of the most prestigious recognition. Previously renowned skippers like Steve Waugh and Allan Border had received the honour.
Clarke was appointed an Officer (AO) in the general division in the Order of Australia for his meritorious service. Michael Clarke had previously led the team to the 2015 World Cup and won the tournament. He was 39 then and retired.
His Cricket career
He has played 115 Tests, 245 ODI’s and 34 T20’s. He scored 8, 643, 7, 981 and 488 runs respectively. The honour was given to him for “distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community”.
When asked about his reaction, Clarke said, “To be honest, I thought it was an April fool’s prank in June. Very surprised but in the same breath very honoured.” Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border and Bob Simpson has previously been honoured with the same designation.
Clarke is positive
Michael Clarke was also asked about the current prospect of cricket in the corona pandemic, to which he replied positively. “I believe cricket is a big part of this country’s culture like all sports but cricket is the most dominant in our country. It is in our blood and even if you don’t sit and watch it, the sound of cricket represents summer,” he said.
“We are in great hands when it comes to talent in this country. I love the players coming out and saying that if ”we have to take a pay cut because of where the games sit, we are happy to do that”. That shows their character.”
Clarke has high hopes for the Australian Team and said that no matter what the future of T20 World Cup is but the Australian team will be back on tracks. “I am really confident no matter what happens with COVID, whether we get this World Cup in October or start the summer in November, sports will find a way to survive and find a way to be successful,” he said.
Cricket Australia has faced a loss of about 300 million Australian dollars due to the pandemic. It is banking to host the India Tour of Australia to get back again financially.