Clarke made honorary MCC life member


Michael Clarke has joined an elite group of cricket greats to be made an honorary life member of the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC).

The ex-Australia captain joins his former team-mates Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting as a lifetime member of the MCC.

Classy batsman Clarke scored 8,643 runs in 115 Tests, making 28 centuries and averaging a magnificent 49.10 in the longest format.

The 35-year-old, who retired from international cricket following the Ashes defeat in England last year, also averaged 44.58 in a one-day international career which he made 245 appearances.

Clarke said: "This is a fantastic honour and I am delighted to become an MCC Honorary Life Member. MCC is the most prestigious cricket club in the world and to be invited to become a member is a great privilege.

"Lord's has always been a very special place to play cricket, and I've got some great memories of playing there so I'm really looking forward to coming back as a Member of MCC."

John Stephenson, MCC head of cricket, said: "Michael was a fantastic servant to Australian cricket and has a brilliant record in Test match and ODI cricket."