MELBOURNE (AFP) - Australia captain Michael Clarke has added a fresh edge to Sunday's World Cup final against New Zealand in Melbourne by announcing the match will be his last one-day international.
"I think it's the right time for me and the Australian cricket team," the 33-year-old told reporters on Saturday.
"I made the decision 48 hours ago when I asked myself if I thought I would be playing in the next World Cup and I said to myself that I don't think I will be," added Clarke whose career has been blighted by back and hamstring problems.
He has played 244 one-day internationals.
He intends to keep playing Tests, however, having already featured in 108 matches.
Meanwhile International Cricket Council chief executive David Richardson proclaimed the 2015 World Cup to be the most-followed and best-attended cricket event in history.