Clarke appointed officer in Order of Australia, thought it was April fool’s joke
Besides the name of Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Allan Border, Michael Clarke’s name has been also added. Like his predecessors, Clarke has won the Order of Australia (AO). This special honor is given to Australians who have contributed to their respective fields of work on the occasion of the British Queen’s birthday.
Clarke has been appointed an officer (AO) in the general division of the Order of Australia as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
He retired from international cricket in 2015 after a successful international career. Explaining why Clarke was given the honor without international cricket, the Australian Governor General’s Office wrote yesterday: “distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community.”
The funny part is Clarke didn’t believe at first hearing the news.
“To be honest, I thought it was an April fool’s prank in June. Very surprised but in the same breath very honoured,”
Clarke told Australia’s Channel 9.
Not only Michael Clarke, Ricky Ponting, Allan Border, Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor but many other former captains of Australia have also received this honor. From Jack Ryder, Australia’s 18th Test captain, to Michael Clarke, the 43rd captain, almost all captains have been awarded the Order of Australia or the Order of the British Empire for their on-field and off-field contributions. Only four full-time Australian captains, Kim Hughes, Ian Chappell, Graham Yallop and Barry Jarman., have not won any of these two honors.