Cricket: Clarke to retire after final Ashes test as England regain urn with thumping win

Australia captain Michael Clarke during the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia on Aug 7, 2015.
Australia captain Michael Clarke during the fourth Ashes cricket Test match between England and Australia on Aug 7, 2015.PHOTO: AFP

NOTTINGHAM, England (REUTERS) - Australia cricket captain Michael Clarke will retire after the final Ashes Test against England this month, he told Australian television on Saturday.

The 34-year-old was speaking after England won the fourth Test at Trent Bridge by an innings and 78 runs to regain the Ashes.

England ripped out the last three Australia wickets for 12 runs in 40 minutes on the third day.

Ben Stokes had Mitchell Starc caught by Ian Bell at second slip for nought and Mark Wood bowled Josh Hazlewood for a duck.

Wood produced another ferocious full-pitched delivery to shatter Nathan Lyon's stumps and complete the rout, sparking wild celebrations on the pitch and all around the ground.

Adam Voges was unbeaten on 51 in Australia's total of 253. England lead the series 3-1 with one match to play at The Oval beginning on Aug 20.