Sydney: Australia's Test captain Michael Clarke rubbished suggestions that he is near the finish line of his career.
Michael Clarke. Pic/Atul Kamble
In his column for the Daily Telegraph, Clarke made it clear that he has no intention of leaving the game.
"People are talking about how I'm going to retire after this series, well they don't know me," Clarke wrote. "A big reason for me retiring from one-day cricket was to prolong my Test career, and I still love playing and competing at the highest level.
"People can certainly have a shot at me about my performance, but they can't have a shot at me about my desire and my will to play this great game — whether that be for Australia, NSW or Western Suburbs.
To this day, I'm the first to training and the last to leave, so don't tell me that I don't have the desire and the hunger.
"I have no intention to walk away from cricket. Chris Rogers waited until 35 years of age to play his second Test. I'm 34 not 37 and I want to keep playing for Australia beyond this series, however I will be judged on performance like everyone else."