Book digs sting Clarke
AUSTRALIAN Test Captain Michael Clarke has broken his silence on Ricky Ponting’s explosive autobiography and says the first he knew his captain had a problem with him was when the book was released.
Clarke said while he knew Ponting was working on the book, he had no idea of references to him that he ‘‘ moved in a different world’’ to the rest of his Australian teammates.
Ponting’s book has been the talk of the sporting world — specifically claims regarding Clarke and the suggestion that his high-profile relationship with Lara Bingle put him at odds with the team.
The former Aussie skipper also criticised Clarke for not ‘‘sticking around for a chat on the day’s play’’ or that, as vice- captain he never volunteered ‘‘to take on any of the captain’s workload’’.
Clarke yesterday declined to discuss his personal life but did talk about the autobiography, saying he was stunned that Ponting made no attempt to talk about any of these issues for the eight years he was captain or before it going to print.
‘‘Everybody is entitled to their opinion,’’ Clarke said.
‘‘But if Ricky felt that was the situation in the team, as the captain . . . I would have thought that he would have approached me personally.’’
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