Michael Clarke will enjoy one last Test match as the Australia captain before retirement, and while sentimentality has not always been the Australian way, the circumstances of this tour make it understandable. He has earned the right to go out his way.Clarke would still have been selected had he kept quiet on his plans to call it a day and with the Ashes lost, a legend of the game now gets a fitting sendoff at the Kia Oval. There was no way Clarke was guaranteed a spot after this tour but he has been honest about this himself.
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He now has the chance to say farewell and from there the team can move forward under new leadership. There have been instances in the past where such players did not get such treatment.