Former captain Michael Clarke has been appointed as an officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia on Monday. It is a kind of national honor, which is given for achievement or service. Australia won the 2015 ODI World Cup under his captaincy. Clarke said, “To be honest, I thought it was an April fool’s prank in June. Very surprised but in the same breath very honoured.”
Earlier, the award has been awarded to Ellen Border, Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting, Mark Taylor and Bob Simpson. Clarke received this honor for exceptional service as a player in national and international cricket.
Clarke retired after winning the 2015 World Cup title. He has scored 8643 in 115 Tests, 7981 runs in 245 ODIs and 488 runs in 34 T20s. Clarke has scored 28 centuries in Tests and 8 in ODIs. Clarke has 98 runs in 6 matches of IPL.