SYDNEY: Former Australia captain Michael Clarke makes his return to cricket this weekend in a Sydney club competition, but with eyes on some unfinished business in the T20 format.
The 34-year-old, who bowed out of the game in August after the disastrous Ashes series in England, will return to his old team Western Suburbs to play Randwick-Petersham from Saturday.
One of the outstanding batsmen of his generation, he said he ‘missed the game’ and now that he is free of international demands, he wants to have a crack at making his mark in T20s.
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“I spent the last 13 years staying away from T20 cricket so I could be the best Test and one-day player I could possibly be,” Clarke told Sky News on Thursday. “Now I probably have more time and opportunity, if I do miss the game and love the game, to be able to focus on that and improve.”
While Clarke played in 115 Tests and 245 ODIs, he only took part in 34 T20Is.
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This week Clarke is looking to help his old club — winless and in last place — take on their stronger neighbouring club Randwick-Petersham in a two-day match.
“I know a lot of the boys and they are all good guys, so it’s great to be back here,” he told the Sydney Daily Telegraph. “Most of all, I’m just looking forward to playing.”