My Story: Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke is an international cricket legend and one of the most talked about Australians of the 21st century. Until 2015 he held 'the highest office in the land' - Australian cricket captain - and was widely hailed as the sharpest mind in the game. In a storied career from 2004 - 2015, Clarke played 115 Tests and scored 81 centuries for Australia and NSW with a top score of 329 not out. In that decade Michael Clarke was front page and back page news - his life, cricket career, lovers, friendships and endorsements were splashed across newspapers, magazines and TV networks. Certainly, where it mattered Clarke was a hero - leading from the front and batting his side out of trouble to lead them from fifth in the world rankings to number one. But in the echo chamber of social media, the truth about Clarke got warped and then lost. Michael Clarke's Autobiography is the real Michael Clarke standing up and speaking out for the first time. Bucking convention to go hard at the big issues, Clarke speaks fearlessly and poignantly about all the scandals, rumours and explosive moments and reveals the amazing truths, private pain and personal triumphs no one knows.
Michael Clarke was born in Liverpool, in Sydney's south in 1981. He made his Test debut in 2004 v India, scoring 151. Clarke became Australia's 43rd Test cricket captain in 2011 while also leading Australia's one-day side. In 115 Tests he scored 8643 runs, averaging 49.10. Clarke is a four-time winner of the Allan Border Medal and was twice named Wisden Cricketer of the Year. After 245 ODI games and almost 8000 runs his final ODI innings of 74 won Australia the 2015 World Cup. Clarke retired from Test cricket in 2015 with a win-loss-draw record of 24-16-7 as captain. He lives in Sydney with wife Kyly and daughter Kelsey Lee.