Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that he is making a comeback to cricket, five months after retiring from the game after the Aussies lost the Ashes series in England.
The 34 year-old Clarke will play for his grade side, the Western Suburbs, on 20 February, and said it his ambition to take part in the Big Bash League (BBL) and other T20 tournaments around the world.
The right-handed batsman says talk that he will play international cricket again is off the mark.
Clarke told Channel Nine Today: “I’m not really making a cricket comeback, because I (only) retired from international cricket, but now I’m playing for my grade club Western Suburbs.
“I got an invitation a couple of weeks ago to come back and play a game for Wests, and I said yes, and I really can’t wait. I’m looking forward to it.
“Obviously I’ve seen the papers today, and it says I’m coming back to play cricket for Australia and all sorts of things, but my focus right now – I haven’t picked up a bat for five months since I retired from international cricket – but Wests asked me to play, and I can’t wait, so that is my focus right now.
“My focus is playing for Western Suburbs right now. If I miss it and love it like I’m hoping I do, then I’ll be really focusing on the shorter form of the game.
“I still believe I have some unfinished business in the Twenty20 department of cricket, and you’ve got BBL, you’ve got IPL – you’ve got a number of tournaments around the world that allow you the opportunity to go and play that.”