The England team celebrates as Mark Wood bowls out Australia’s Nathan Lyon to wrap up the fourth Test and seize the Ashes series at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Saturday.
Clarke will stage his Test swansong at The Oval in London from 20 August.
Australia can only limit the damage at best in the fifth Test – because after successive defeats at Edgbaston and Trent Bridge, they are 3-1 down with only one to play. Pop’s made it clear to me over the past 10 years that watching me play cricket is a big part of what keeps him going.
Kingaroy quick Ferling played in the first two ODI’s and would love to regain her place in the Southern Stars team for the Test.
“I think he thoroughly deserves to lead the team going forward”, Collingwood told BBC Radio on Sunday.
Meanwhile Australia’s head coach, Darren Lehmann, has admitted mistakes were made by himself and his fellow selectors during their failed defence of the Ashes but has been assured of his job by the Cricket Australia chief executive James Sutherland.
“As we do after every tour, win lose or draw, we will review performances and make assessments on things that have happened during the course of the tour, what happened leading into it, whatever aspect of it the preparation and delivery and execution”, he said.
Sutherland also said Clarke would be remembered for the way he fought back from injury to lead Australia to victory in the World Cup, and also for his leadership in the wake of the tragic death of teammate Phillip Hughes.
“Although with the series won we will not be taking any chances given the cricket we have in the coming months”.
“It’s not easy playing away but it’s something we have to get better at”.
The 34-year-old Clarke, who will be replaced as captain by Steve Smith, called on his compatriots to continue to back the Australia side through the rebuilding job ahead. “But whether they would do any better against the moving ball than what we’ve seen lately – you wouldn’t want to be betting your house on it”.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday said that Clarke would be missed as captain.
“He has been a fantastic captain throughout the series and throughout this summer, as he was before that”, added Root of Cook, just the third English captain, after W.G. Grace and Mike Brearley, to twice win the Ashes on home soil.
“Happy to admit when we’re wrong, you don’t get everything right”.