Australia vice captain Michael Clarke has announced his retirement from international Twenty20 cricket in the wake of the Aussies 3-1 Ashes defeat against England.
The 29 year old, who stood in for injured skipper Ricky Ponting during the Aussies 5th test defeat has decided to focus on the longer formats of the game with immediate effect.
"Looking back on this series, my Test cricket isn't where I want it at the moment so I guess this gives me the opportunity now to focus wholly and solely on Test and one-day international cricket," said Clarke after the conclusion of the 5th test earlier today.
"I'll use that time to play more domestic and first-class cricket for New South Wales, and become a better Test player," he added.
"I've always said Test cricket is the ultimate for me, and this gives me that opportunity."
With Clarke retiring Cameron White will now skipper the Aussies during their two Twenty20 internationals against England next week.
"Michael did an outstanding job as leader of our Twenty20 team, but we are confident that Cameron and Tim will provide outstanding leadership," said Chairman of selectors Andrew Hilditch.