Book digs st­ing Clarke

Sunday Territorian - - NEWS -

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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