WAR-OF-WORDS HEATS UP

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER Aus­tralian cap­tain Michael Clarke has an­grily re­jected sug­ges­tions he helped cre­ate a cul­ture that led to the ball-tam­per­ing scan­dal, slam­ming a lead­ing broad­caster as a “head­linechas­ing coward”. But it was the re­ac­tion from Mel­bourne-based sports broad­caster and writer Ger­ard Whate­ley that sparked a scathing In­sta­gram re­sponse from Clarke yes­ter­day. “Clarke’s in­ter­pre­ta­tion of the predica­ment the Aus­tralian men’s Test team finds it­self in is breath­tak­ing,” said Whate­ley. “That he would con­tinue to rely on the line – the fic­tion his and sub­se­quent teams used to ex­cuse all man­ner of boor­ish be­hav­iour – might be the sin­gle great­est piece of non­sense over the past nine months.” Clarke said he would not stand by while “my lead­er­ship, my in­tegrity” were at­tacked, in­sist­ing his con­duct as an hon­est and rules-based cap­tain had never been ques­tioned. “For Ger­ard Whate­ley to in­sin­u­ate that I am re­spon­si­ble for the ball-tam­per­ing is­sue makes him noth­ing more than a head­line-chas­ing coward,” Clarke wrote.

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