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Michael Clarke given MCC life membership

Press AssociationPress Association 9/08/2016

Michael Clarke salutes the Lord's crowd after hitting an Ashes century in 2009. © AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth) Michael Clarke salutes the Lord's crowd after hitting an Ashes century in 2009. Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has been awarded honorary life membership of the MCC.

Clarke, 35, retired from international cricket after last year's Ashes defeat in England, having racked up 8643 runs in 115 Tests.

The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) already has former Australian teammates Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath and Ricky Ponting as also life members.

"This is a fantastic honour and I am delighted to become an MCC honorary life member," Clarke said.

"MCC is the most prestigious cricket club in the world and to be invited to become a member is a great privilege. Lord's has always been a very special place to play cricket, and I've got some great memories of playing there so I'm really looking forward to coming back as a member of MCC."

Clarke scored 416 runs in five Tests at Lord's, including a century in 2009 against England.

John Stephenson, MCC head of cricket, said Clarke was "very deserving of his place".

The MCC is an active club that owns Lord's cricket ground and is considered the guardian of the laws of the game.

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