The Sunday Telegraph has reported that former Australian captain Michael Clarke will make a return to cricket less than a year after retiring.

Clarke says he may have quit the sport too soon and he is keen to play a part in the now hugely successful Big Bash League and has not ruled out playing for Australia once more.

"I've ­realised the game of cricket is in my blood. I've been looking for an outlet to replace what I've chosen to walk away from." Clarke said.

“So I'll start with playing this grade game for Western Suburbs and see if I miss it as much as I feel like I'm going to.

“If I do, the option is there to train the entire winter and then we'll see what happens.

“I've still been training all the time. Training has always been such a big part of my life and I enjoy it, so my body is feeling amazing and my back feels outstanding.”

Clarke, 34, played 115 Tests for Australia, scoring 28 centuries and 27 half-centuries.