What happens if you get a 100 in the next Test?: Kyly asked Michael Clarke
Sydney: Michael Clarke, who on Saturday announced his retirement from international cricket after traditional rivals England clinched the Ashes at Nottingham, has revealed that wife Kyly asked him whether getting a hundred in the fifth and final Test at the Oval (August 20-24) would change things.'
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Michael and Kyly Clarke. Pic/AFP
As expected, Kyly was the first to learn about his retirement. The second was former teammate and spin legend Shane Warne Clarke wrote in his column for the Daily Telegraph: "Kyly and Warnie both gave me that support.
He asked if I made a hundred in the next game would that change things? What if you do win the next Test, would that change things? Kyly was asking me similar questions. She sees how much I've given to this game on a daily basis. She still saw this hunger inside me to do all this work and asked if I was sure I was ready. The answer is I am ready."
The bond with grandpa
The Clarkes are expecting their first child, something which the Australia captain announced last month. Clarke wrote that breaking the news of his retirement to his grandfather Ray Fox was the hardest thing to do.
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Clarke's grandfather Ray Fox (left) and father Les at Brisbane in 2012. Pic/Getty Images
"He was very emotional. Pop's made it clear to me over the past 10 years that watching me play cricket is a big part of what keeps him going. I tried not to let emotion overcome me — I've done too much crying over the years.
I spoke to mum, dad and my sister as well and they feel for me because cricket has been the one common denominator for me my whole life," Clarke wrote. Clarke's family members (including his grandfather) were present for his Test debut in Bangalore during the 2004-05 Border-Gavaskar Trophy series.