Sydney: Australia's World Cup winning team captain Michael Clarke was awarded the 'Order of Australia' on Monday and has thus joined the list of former captains like Alan Border and Steve Waugh who have received this national honor . Australia won the 2015 World Cup title under Clarke.
Reacting to this news, Clarke said, 'To be honest, I thought someone was making me an April Fool in June. I am very surprised but also very honored. Other Australian captains who have received this honor include Bobby Simpson, Border, Mark Taylor, Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting. He has been appointed as an officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.
It is a kind of honor that is given for any achievement or service. Clarke was honored to serve in national and international cricket as a player. The 39-year-old retired in 2015 after winning the World Cup title. He scored 8643 runs in 115 Tests, 7981 runs in 245 ODIs and 488 runs in 34 T20 Internationals.