Katich dis­putes Clarke ‘peace’

The Cricket Paper - - NEWS - By Joshua Peck

THE fall­out in Aus­tralia following the re­lease of Michael Clarke’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy has con­tin­ued, with Si­mon Katich re­ject­ing Clarke’s claim they rec­on­ciled af­ter an in­fa­mous dress­ing room fight in 2009.

A dis­agree­ment peaked af­ter a vic­tory at the SCG when Katich re­port­edly grabbed then vice­cap­tain Clarke by the shirt over a dis­agree­ment about when the team song would be sung.

Katich made 56 Test ap­pear­ances for Aus­tralia,scor­ing ten centuries and av­er­ag­ing a touch over 45,but it wasn’t al­ways happy fam­i­lies in the dress­ing room.

This is one of many sto­ries re­vis­ited with the publi­ca­tion of Clarke’s au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, My Story, though he goes on to state that he and Katich are now friends – some­thing the lat­ter dis­putes.

Katich said:“It’s a bit of a stretch of the imag­i­na­tion given I’ve hardly spo­ken about it since it all hap­pened,and ob­vi­ously haven’t played since he took over as cap­tain.

“I don’t want to be drawn into it too much be­cause it’s old news but I saw ShaneWat­son’s com­ments dur­ing the week and I thought he hit the nail on the head with it.I thought it was rather ironic that he was called the tu­mour.

“I guess at the mo­ment he’s (Clarke) try­ing to sell a book,so it’s amaz­ing how more and more of the story comes out.

“We’ve hardly spo­ken since it all hap­pened ... (our re­la­tion­ship is) non-ex­is­tent.”

Clarke had ear­lier said that all dif­fer­ences had been put aside and the pair were at least back on talk­ing terms.

Clarke,who made 115 Test ap­pear­ances for his coun­try, said:“I was brought up with this old-school men­tal­ity that if you have a dis­agree­ment,or have a fight or a stink with some­one, then you go and have a beer straight af­ter.

“You go and catch up and you’re over it,that was what hap­pened with Si­mon and I in my opin­ion.”

Katich’s recollection is some­what dif­fer­ent,with him adding: “The op­po­site hap­pened ..he never came back in the dress­ing room.”

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