Michael Clarke, the previous Australian captain, has slammed his one-time teammates, Mathew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, ex-coach John Buchanan, and the media for publicly criticizing him submit his retirement after Australia surrendered the Ashes in 2015.
Lower than every week after he hung up his boots in August, Clarke was severely criticized by his former teammates and ex-Australian coach for his angle and management expertise. Clarke has lastly damaged his silence in his Ashes Diary 2015, describing the “pot photographs” thrown at him by Hayden and Symonds as a “low act” and defended his dedication and contribution to Australian cricket.
Clarke slammed Hayden for blowing a tongue-in-cheek remark out of proportion when the previous Australian opener narrated a weird anecdote in public about how Clarke threatened to return his Saggy Inexperienced if made to proceed fielding at bat-pad place by the then-skipper Ricky Ponting throughout his early days.
“I feel I’ve proven over the previous 12 years how a lot I’ve valued representing my nation and the way a lot my 389 Saggy Inexperienced means to me,” Clarke wrote. “If Ricky had requested me to leap off the Harbour Bridge, I might have jumped. I beloved enjoying for Australia that a lot.”
Deeply harm by the feedback made by Symonds, as soon as one in every of his greatest mates, on his management, Clarke wrote, “Andrew Symonds went on TV to criticise my management. I am sorry, however he isn’t an individual to guage anybody on management. This can be a man who turned up drunk to play for his nation. It is fairly wealthy for him to be throwing rocks.”
Regardless of not having performed a lot beneath his captaincy, the previous Australian all-rounder took a potshot at Clarke commenting he wasn’t a “pure chief”, and was in contrast to the type Australian cricket had seen prior to now in Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting.
Clarke, particularly, condemned Buchanan’s allegations saying, “I do not assume John is aware of a factor concerning the Saggy Inexperienced, having by no means worn one.”
The previous head coach throughout one in every of Australia’s most profitable eras, had pointed that the Saggy Inexperienced tradition within the Australian dressing room had “deteriorated” throughout Clarke’s reign. “He is nonetheless dwelling off the truth that he coached a staff that anybody, even my canine Jerry, might have coached to world domination, Clarke added.
Clarke, in his column launched this week, additionally hit again on the commentators for “smashing” him for each failure Australia suffered through the course of his profession. “Anybody listening to this commentary – and I’ve needed to put on this type of speak for a really very long time – would assume I have been the one drawback with Australian cricket for the previous thirteen years,” Clarke wrote.
Clarke, who took over the reins of the Australian staff in troublesome occasions after a disappointing 2010-eleven Ashes defeat, believes that the native press has been robust on him, questioning his management expertise. “That is a troublesome rap for somebody who has led this group to a World Cup victory at house, gained a Check collection towards the perfect workforce on the planet, South Africa, in South Africa, and gained an Ashes 5-zero. And in Exams, has taken Australia from fifth to primary on the earth. Any time we have misplaced, it is apparently been due to me – my private life, my angle, the best way I’ve captained,” Clarke added.
“Apparently I have been holding us again all alongside, and now that I am leaving everybody will get alongside famously and the Australian group won’t ever lose one other recreation,” Clarke wrote, additionally mentioning that the extreme criticism he was subjected to only after his retirement reaffirmed to him that he taken the best determination to log off.