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Monday, January 12, 2004

An excerpt from the "Daily Some Achaar" - Lip-smacking news that you can preserve.

Michael Clarke Announces Retirement from Test Cricket
Sydney - Young Australian batsman Michael Clarke today announced that he would retire from test cricket at the Sydney test in 2022. He said that he will have done all that he can by then, and will like to move on to something else. He also said that he would like to spend more time with his wife and children after 2022.

Clarke is yet to make a test debut for Australia, but this announcement is expected to make all the Clarke fans very emotional.

"Every tour from now on till 2022 is going to be a Clarke Farewell tour" said Joey Beer, a resident of Sydney who has been a fan of Clarke since the youngster made his debut for New South Wales a few years back. "I am shattered to hear that Clarke will reitre in 2022. Fans like me thought he would play at least until 2025. However now that he has made up his mind, we shall make sure that the remaining 18 years in Mike's career are memorable ones."

Clarke fans plan to turn up in huge numbers whenever he is playing, and give him a standing ovation everytime he walks in to bat. In fact Joey Beer has already booked tickets for the January 18 game between Australia and India at the Gabba. Beer plans to fly all the way to Brisbane for the match.

"I was planning to watch a movie on Sunday but now that Clarke has said he'll retire in 2022, I realise this is prolly the ..... 2nd 3rd last time that he will be walking out to bat at Brisbane. I want to be there for this special occasion."

Some former cricketers have said that Clarke has hijacked the next 18 years of Australian cricket by his premature announcement, and have called it a marketing gimmick. However Clarke has brushed off these allegations saying,

"There is a right time for announcing retirements. I think I announced mine at the right time. I want to retire in front of my home crowd in 2022. What is wrong in clarifying that? Allegations that I am stealing the thunder of all achievers in the next 18 years, are ridiculous and cynical."

Australian captain Ricky Ponting said, "We will try to win every test series and one day series from now on, plus, all the 4 World Cups, to make this period special for Mike."

Meanwhile it is hoped that the selectors too will get swayed by this announcement and grant Clarke his test cap against Sri Lanka in March. Until then, the currect VB series, already being called the "Blonde Hair Series", after Clarke, is expected to see huge turnouts to applaud Clarke.