Michael Clarke was the 43rd test captain of Australia, and widely known as one of the best batsmen of all time. Anointed the Australian captaincy in 2011 he took the Australia team from number five to number one in the world within just 18 months. Michael received the Allan Border medal on four occasions, and since his retirement in 2015, has had more GQ covers than any other male in Australia.
His commitment to cricket continues with his contract to Channel 9 providing him the ability to commentate through the Australian summer.
Michael is a strong believer in giving back to the community. As an ambassador of Life education Australia, Cancer Council, Loyal Foundation, and the McGrath Foundation, he has raised millions of dollars for their cause
Test match cricket is one of the most highly strategic arenas of elite sport and having spent 16 years at the pinnacle of his career, he is able to guide and inspire audiences to achieve high performance with his unique goal-setting techniques and planning strategies. Focus, continual training, self-evaluation, getting the best out of people and their personality types – these are just some of the many valuable leadership lessons business can take from the champion of cricket.
In the test arena, Michael scored 28 centuries and 27 half centuries in 115 matches – figures which only tell part of the story. It was his unforgettable, unbeaten 329* against India in Sydney in the 2011/12 season – and his four double centuries in a calendar year (2012) – that underlined his importance to Australian cricket. Those innings marked Michael as a batsman who is at his best when his back is against the wall, and will be a hallmark of his career as much as his aggressive attitude to winning.
In 2014, Michael launched the Michael Clarke Cricket Academy, which provides kids with the guidance, support, motivation and confidence they need to reach their goals.