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'I'll quit cricket before my late 30s'

Press Trust Of India
May 25, 2012 at 11:10am IST

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Melbourne: Just-married Australia captain Michael Clarke has said that he will quit cricket before he passed his mid-30s, unlike many of his predecessors.

Clarke said that he won't continue to play on till his late 30s like former Australian captains Steve Waugh who played till 38, and Ricky Ponting who, at 37, is still there in the fray.

The 31-year-old said he has been 'blessed' by cricket and marriage to Kyly Boldy and would be settling down within a few years.

Clarke to quit playing before his late 30s

Clarke said he won't continue to play on into his late 30s like former Australian captains.

"I am enjoying playing now but in time I won't be the guy playing at 38, 39 and 40. I hope I can have my impact in a short space of time and then be finished. I would love to see the team have success, achieve what it can achieve," Clarke was quoted as saying to the Australian media.

Clarke said that he will draw curtains to his career the moment he finished as Australia skipper, unlike Ponting who has continued to play under his successor for 10 months. But before that Clarke said toppling South Africa this summer and then top-ranked England were his priorities.

"I have so many goals I want to see this team achieve and when my time is up, it is up," he said.

Clarke will lead Australia in a five-match ODI series against England from June 29.

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