Former Australia captain Michael Clarke says he’s willing to consider coming out of retirement to help out the Test side following the suspensions of David Warner, Steve Smith and Cameron Bancroft.
Clarke, who retired after losing the Ashes series in England three years ago, says he has messaged Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland to offer his assistance but is yet to hear a response.
He says he’s willing to help in any way he can, whether that be a mentoring role with younger players or even pulling on the pads again.
The 37-year-old battled with a chronic back problem in the latter stages of a glittering career that saw him score 8,643 runs in 115 Tests and chalk up 28 centuries.
However, he believes he is fitter than he has been for years and desperate to give something back to the sport which has been rocked by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.
“I’ve never cared about age. Brad Hogg played at 45,” Clarke told News Corp Australia.
“I don’t think it’s about a number. I think it’s about commitment and devotion.
“It’s like getting back on a bike. I’m as fit and healthy as I’ve ever been. The time away has been great for my body.
“To be honest, I’m so nervous about the headline and how it’s perceived.
“But I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I feel I owe the game too much.
“I’ve experienced a lot of great things in cricket but some tough times as well.
“I’ve got the experience to help these young players and that’s where our focus should be right now until the other guys come back.”
The 37-year-old hasn’t played a competitive match since turning out in Sydney grade cricket in September 2016.