Thursday, November 30, 2017

Should have retired after Phil Hughes died, says Michael Clarke

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says he should have retired a year earlier than he did, admitting he struggled badly after the death of his friend and teammate Phillip Hughes. Clarke quit in 2015 after his 115th and final Test of the Ashes series against England and said he didn't allow himself to grieve at the time. 

Michael Clarke
Michael Clarke

Hughes, who played 26 Tests, died from bleeding on the brain in November 2014 after being hit on the neck by a rising ball while batting in a domestic match at the SCG. "I shouldn't have played another game. My career should have stopped then. It was too hard for me," Clarke told The Weekly Review this morning.

"It took me a lot longer to grieve his loss than it should have, or that I would have liked. I didn't allow myself to grieve at the time because I had responsibility to his family, firstly, but then also as Australia's cricket captain to my teammates and getting us back out onto the field."

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