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Michael Clarke to retire after Ashes series

The 34-year-old Australian skipper Michael Clarke announced his retirement from international cricket, when England reclaimed the urn with a crushing innings and 78-run win at Trent Bridge, that the fifth Test at The Oval will be his last.

Clarke had been under increasing pressure throughout the five-Test series due to his batting slump where he averages only 16 from eight innings.

Clarke made his Test debut in October 2004 and he has played 114 matches, scoring 8,628 runs at an average of 49.30.

He took over the Australia captaincy from Ricky Ponting in March 2011 and has presided over 46 matches, winning 23 and losing 16.

"I certainly don't want to jump ship and leave the boys now. I'll play the last Test, give it one last crack, but the time is right now," Clarke said.

He further said “The decision is never easy. I started playing this great game at six years of age. I'm 34. I wish I could play for another 30 years."

Australia's series defeat in their fourth successive Ashes loss away from home, was their worst sequence of results in England since 1896.