The World Cup Winning former Captain Michael Clarke was appointed as an officer in the order of Australia, joining iconic ex-skippers like Allan Border and Steve Waugh who have received national recognition. Clarke has led Australia to the 2015 World Cup title & has been appointed as an officer in the general division of the Order of Australia, an honor for achievement or meritorious service. Reacting to this happy news, Clarke told media that, “To be honest, I thought it was an April fool’s prank in June. Very surprised but in the same breath very honored.”
The other Australian Captains who have received an AO include Ricky Pointing, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh, Allan Border, and Bob Simpson. Michael Clarke has been honored for his “distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community”.
The 39-year-old retired cricketer has led Australia to victory in the World Cup 2015. He played 115 Tests, 245 ODIs, and 34 T20s, scoring 8643, 7981, and 488 runs respectively. When asked about how cricket will emerge out of the COVID-19 crisis, Clarke’s reply was epic.
“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. He further added, “I love the Australian players who are coming out & are 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.”
Michael Clarke further said that Australia will surely be back on track irrespective of the destiny of the T20 World Cup which is in doubt due to the serious Pandemic.