After retirement, Michael Clarke comeback with NSW


New Delhi : Clarke retired from all forms of the sport following the 2015 Ashes series but, after less than a year away from the game, made his grade cricket comeback in February this year. Michael Clarke has decided against making a comeback for NSW in this summer’s Matador Cup.

The 35-year-old made a couple of T20 appearances for the Kow Cantons last month, scoring six against the HH Jaguars and 15 not out in the clash with the Isl Warriors. The former Australia captain did hold discussions with NSW over a possible return last month and there were strong hopes a deal could be agreed in time for some one-day cricket this October.

However, Clarke has turned down the opportunity to feature in the Matador Cup because the amount of time required to train for the event is more than he could afford to give up. A Cricket NSW spokesman confirmed the news, saying: "Michael has decided against returning to elite cricket with the NSW Blues." Clarke could still decide to feature in the Big Bash, although he is still some way off making a choice on this matter, with off-field business taking precedent.