Michael Clarke has been honoured in the Queen’s Birthday list for Australia with the former cricket captain recognised for both his sporting career and community work.
The 39-year-old, who retired from cricket in 2015, was appointed an Officer in the general division of the Order of Australia, the citation on the Governor General’s website said.
Clarke has been recognised for his “distinguished service to cricket as a player at the national and international level, through leadership roles, and to the community”.
Former women’s captain Lynnette Larsen and two-time Olympic hockey gold medallist Renita Garard were both named a Member of the Order of Australia.
“That makes it more special for me,” Clarke told The Australian newspaper on Monday. “Obviously it’s an honour to receive it, but the fact it recognises the work I’ve done for charities makes it very special.”
Clarke played 115 Tests for Australia, including 47 as captain, and led the side to their fifth one day World Cup title in 2015. He scored 8,643 Test runs at an average of 49.10, with 28 centuries.
Clarke has been heavily involved in numerous health and children’s charities.
Clarke’s predecessor Ricky Ponting received an AO in 2012, while Steve Waugh, Mark Taylor, Allan Border and Bob Simpson have also picked up the same gong following fine careers in the baggy green.
From Jack Ryder (Test captain No.18) to Clarke (No.43), all Test captains have received either an Order of Australia or Order of the British Empire except Kim Hughes, Ian Chappell, Graham Yallop and Barry Jarman.