Ah, yes. I suppose it had to come to this. Such is life.
Those were the last words of Ned Kelly.
He spoke those, just seconds before he was hung.
He was referring to all of the crimes he’d committed during his life.
However, these words apply equally well to great sportspeople retiring.
When they’re playing, it seems like they’ll never retire.
However, we all know they will eventually.
And this morning, Michael Clarke did.
Since 2004, Clarke has consistently been giving his all for Australia.
From the young player who scored 161 on debut, to the Ashes-winning captain, Michael Clarke’s had a stellar career.
One of my favourite cricketing memories involves Clarke.
It was a hot day in January 2012, and I was sitting in my best friend’s car in his driveway.
The radio was tuned to 774 ABC Melbourne.
And I heard Michael Clarke score his 300th run.
Congratulations, Michael Clarke. There’s nothing else for it.