Michael Clarke and Lynette Larsen both became recipients of the annual Order of Australia Honours.
The order of Australia Honours or the Queen’s Birthday Honours is an annual award-giving body in Australia which praises politicians, scientists, musicians, artists, business leaders, and of course, athletes. The honours list of this award-giving body is divided into 6 categories. Namely, companions, officers, members, medals, meritorious, and military.
This year, two Australian cricketers have both been awarded this prestigious award. The first one is former Australian captain Michael Clarke who had been named as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia. The other recipient is former Australia woman cricketer Lynette Larsen who has been named as a Member in the said Queen’s Birthday 2020 Honours List.
On his Instagram account, Clarke shared his sentiments by saying, ‘I'm not sure how to express the gratitude and honour I have today, for receiving such a prestigious award. As surprised as I was to be seen in such light, and alongside some of my heroes, it makes me very proud to say that cricket has given me so much more than I could ever have imagined, and this is another example of why I owe the game so much. Without the support of my family, friends, fans and teammates, I wouldn't be where I am today. This recognition and accolade is as much for you guys as it is for my contribution’.
Clarke is known to have won the Allan Border medal for four times. He has also captained Australia during the 2015 World Cup triumph. Larsen, on the other hand, captained Australia’s women team in 53 matches including the 1988 Women’s World Cup which they won. She also served as an administrator in the International Women’s Cricket Council.
Overall, Clarke has played 114 Tests where he has scored a total of 8,643 runs. He also garnered a total of 7,981 runs in ODIs. Larsen, on the other hand, averaged 41 in Tests and 20.28 in ODIs in her 10-year career. To further understand these cricket formats, visit Betwala.
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