Michael Clarke Returns To Club Cricket, Eyes Good Show in Twenty20s
Former Australia captain, Michael Clarke, who retired from international cricket after the end of the 2015 Ashes, returns to club cricket and is aiming to make a mark in Twenty20s. Michael Clarke stated that he wanted to make mark in Twenty20s, a format in which he had not done well.Former Australia captain Michael Clarke makes his return to cricket this weekend in a Sydney club competition, but with his eyes on some unfinished business in the Twenty20 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 he is free of international demands he wants to have a crack at making his mark in T20s. \"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, \"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. \"I didn\'t perform in that format as well as I would have liked, so now I\'ve got the time to work on my game in that format.\" While Clarke played in 115 Tests and 245 one-day internationals, he only took part in 34 T20 internationals during his first-class career. T20 cricket can be a big money-spinner for players, with Australian veteran Shane Watson netting a USD 1.4 million contract at this month\'s Indian Premier League auction. 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.