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Michael Clarke hits out over ball tampering blame claim

Former captain calls Gerard Whateley a ‘coward’Journalist had connected cultural issues to ex-captainMichael Clarke has doubled down on his spray at the prominent sports journalist, Gerard Whateley, after the former Australian Test captain refuted crit…

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Johnson ‘didn’t want to play’ amid ‘toxic’ culture of Michael Clarke’s reign

  • Mitchell Johnson pans Australian cricket culture during Mickey Arthur era
  • ‘There was different little factions going on and it was very toxic’

Retired spearhead Mitchell Johnson has painted a bleak picture of Australia’s team culture under Michael Clarke and Mickey Arthur, describing it as fractured and “toxic”.

Johnson, who recently released his autobiography, Resilient, suggested things were so bad that some team-mates didn’t want to play. The left-armer was one of four players suspended for not completing a feedback task during Australia’s shambolic tour of India in 2013. Clarke and Arthur both rubber stamped the punishments.

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Simon Katich says his relationship with Michael Clarke is ‘non-existent’

  • Clarke had claimed pair were ‘completely fine’ after infamous spat
  • Former Australia captain is ‘obviously trying to sell a book’, says Katich

Simon Katich has rejected Michael Clarke’s claims the pair patched things up following an infamous 2009 run-in in the SCG changerooms, saying their relationship is “non-existent”.

Clarke recently released his autobiography, revisiting many controversial chapters in his career and notably insisting he played no part in Katich losing his Cricket Australia contract in 2011.

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Simon Katich says his relationship with Michael Clarke is ‘non-existent’

  • Clarke had claimed pair were ‘completely fine’ after infamous spat
  • Former Australia captain is ‘obviously trying to sell a book’, says Katich

Simon Katich has rejected Michael Clarke’s claims the pair patched things up following an infamous 2009 run-in in the SCG changerooms, saying their relationship is “non-existent”.

Clarke recently released his autobiography, revisiting many controversial chapters in his career and notably insisting he played no part in Katich losing his Cricket Australia contract in 2011.

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Michael Clarke denies labelling Shane Watson a ‘cancer’ on Australian team

  • But he thought Watson was part of group that were like a ‘tumour’
  • Former Australia captain also admits to being poor vice captain

He admitted to “pissing off” Matthew Hayden, having much the same effect on another team-mate, Simon Katich, as well as confessing to being a bad vice-captain, but former Australian captain Michael Clarke has attempted to clarify the perception he called Shane Watson a “cancer”.

Speaking on 60 Minutes, Clarke opened up on some of the controversies that marked his 115-Test career. While he admitted that he could be “a dick”, Clarke denied branding Watson a “cancer” on the team, a claim made by former coach Mickey Arthur in 2013.

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Michael Clarke chooses TV commentary job over playing in Big Bash League

  • Clarke will not take part in 2016-17 Big Bash League Twenty20 season
  • The 35-year-old former Australian captain will take on full-time TV role

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke will not play in this summer’s Big Bash League, instead opting to join the Nine Network’s commentary team. Clarke’s cricket future was again thrown into the spotlight on Thursday when it was announced he would play the the opening three matches of the Sydney grade competition for his Western Suburbs club.

However he has now announced he will focus on his off-field career rather than making his BBL T20 debut. “Really excited to announce that I will be part of the Channel Nine commentary team this summer,” Clarke said in a video message on Twitter. “It will preclude me from playing in the BBL, but I will be out there playing with my old club Western Suburbs. Can’t wait.”

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Michael Clarke prepares for cricket comeback at Hong Kong T20 Blitz – video

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke, speaking in Hong Kong on Friday, says he is ready to return to domestic cricket after a year away. Clarke retired from international cricket in 2015 following a poor Ashes performance against England. Clarke says he feels motivated ahead of his comeback at the Hong Kong T20 Blitz at the weekend

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Michael Clarke’s comeback begins with rusty 48 in Sydney club cricket

  • Former Australian captain makes rusty 48 in club cricket comeback
  • Clarke was playing his first innings since Australia’s 2015 Ashes loss

Michael Clarke will let his return to cricket sink in before determining his next move. The former Australian captain scored a rusty 48 in his comeback on Saturday, turning out for his teenage Sydney grade club Western Suburbs against Randwick-Petersham in front of around 500 people at Pratten Park.

The 34-year-old has been linked with a number of Twenty20 competitions and has refused to rule out an attempted comeback to any national team, but he says he is still unsure if and when he will next go back out to the crease.

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Michael Clarke eyes Twenty20 format after confirming return to club cricket

Clarke has been out of the game for the past five monthsFormer Australia captain says he wants to try and master T20 formatFormer Australian captain Michael Clarke will end his self-imposed exile from cricket with a club match next month, opening the w…

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England second Test defeat not great cricket, says Alastair Cook – video

Alastair Cook, the England cricket captain, says his team’s defeat by Australia in the second round of the Ashes is incredibly frustrating. Australia beat England by 405 runs to level the fifth-match series and a defeat England may struggle to recover …

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Alastair Cook struggling for answers as England collapse under pressure

• Captain concedes 405-run defeat in second Test at Lord’s is unacceptable
• ‘It was the icing on the cake for them; for us it was a kick in the teeth’

Alastair Cook was left to bemoan an unacceptable batting performance from his players and warned the selectors could now ring the changes after England collapsed to 103 all out to lose the second Test and allow Australia to level the Ashes series.

Mitchell Johnson claimed figures of three for 27 and effected a direct hit run out as Cook’s side crumbled to a 405-run defeat at Lord’s – their fourth-heaviest defeat in Test cricket in terms of runs. “It was not a good performance over the last four days,” Cook said. “Australia got on top of us from the first morning and never let us back. Today was the icing on the cake for them; for us it was a kick in the teeth. To get bowled out for 103 is not good enough, not acceptable or up to the standard that the guys can play.”

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Michael Clarke not managing his decline as Australia cruise at Lord’s | Barney Ronay

Tourists’ captain may no longer be fantastic but with Steve Smith in such imperious form could yet preside over a winning end to his reign

What’s good for Australia is, of course, good for Michael Clarke. On an overcast day at Lord’s Australia’s batsmen cruised to tea and beyond, losing wickets at intervals, but with the air at all times of a team that has wrestled its opponent on to the living room carpet and is now simply feeling around patiently with its spare hand for the coal scuttle.

If Australia were in control there was one, isolated, note of discomfort. England may have been jostled into what already looks a losing position, but they will take some consolation from another jittery, oddly vulnerable innings from Australia’s captain, who now has scores of 38, four and seven in the series and has been dismissed each time in a most un-pup-like fashion: feet lagging, weight askew, ball offered up limply to the field.

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Australia’s Dad’s Army under fire but Darren Lehmann says don’t panic | Barney Ronay

England totally outplayed Australia in the first Ashes Test and Michael Clarke’s side need to recover quickly, with few options to improve their battered team

Darren Lehmann could probably be excused a lack of deep forensic knowledge of British TV light entertainment of the 1970s. Still, it was slightly unfortunate Australia’s coach should choose to brush aside concerns over the trajectory of a team described by some as a Dad’s Army by echoing the favoured catchphrase of the doddery but dogged Lance Corporal Jones. Don’t panic!

Australia may have been out-batted, out-bowled, out-caught and out-captained in Cardiff. There may be concerns over the fitness, form and general infirmity of assorted senior players. But as Australia prepared to leave Cardiff, Lehmann was still insisting, publicly, that a 169-run defeat in the first Ashes Tests was simply “a minor hiccup”.

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How England and Australia compared in the first Ashes Test at Cardiff

There was little joy for Australia in the first Test of the 2015 Ashes, as England dominated them in nearly every facet of the game, from batting and bowling, to captaincy and build-up to Lord’s

England could hardly have asked for more in the first innings, passing 400 for the first time in an Ashes Test in four and a half years. Perhaps as important as the volume of runs, though, was the manner in which they scored them, rattling along at 4.2 an over. There were, to use one of cricketers’ favourite maxims, positives to be taken, even in failure: Alastair Cook was sharply snaffled by Brad Haddin off the bowling of Nathan Lyon, but his positive intent in looking to attack a spinner whose bowling had been plundered by county sides in the warm-up matches was the right approach. OK, a cut against a top-spinning delivery with a hard bouncy ball might not have been the wisest shot, but it set the tone for England’s attitude throughout the match.

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Australia’s Michael Clarke must find funk again amid selection dilemmas

The touring captain was overwhelmingly overshadowed by England’s Alastair Cook in the first Test and his side must now contend with fitness and form issues

If points were awarded for a captain’s funkiness in Test cricket – it feels only a matter of time given the ubiquitous use of the word these days – then Alastair Cook would be reflecting on a landslide victory over his opposite number, Michael Clarke, right now.

Related: England win Ashes opener as Stuart Broad breaks Australia’s top order

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Ashes 2015: Michael Clarke expects Australia to control their emotions

• ‘For me you don’t have to say a word to show your intent,’ says Clarke
• ‘As captain of this team I need to be more disciplined and I know I will be’

The Australia captain Michael Clarke expects his players to keep their emotions from boiling over despite the fierce pressure of an Ashes series.

England and Australia renew hostilities at Cardiff on Wednesday as the first Test gets underway, with the buildup to the series dominated by the topic of sledging. While England captain Alastair Cook and James Anderson have attempted to play it down, the tourists have so far indicated they will not take a backward step out on the field.

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Ashes preparation is ending, time for the main event: England v Australia | Jason Gillespie

All the pre-series talk falls away when the coin flips on day one of the first Test – and that’s when calmer heads in the dressing room come into their own

The first day of a first Ashes Test is something special and both sets of players, young or old, must embrace it. Sure, the intensity is like no other game you will play but breathe it in. Ride that wave. Because the training is out of the way, the team meetings have been held, the plans are place and finally the all pre-series talk in the media is replaced by the real thing: the cricket.

Related: Watching the Ashes from the other side of the world: late nights and stale beer | Russell Jackson

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Michael Clarke has evolved into a captain Australia has finally learned to love | Geoff Lemon

It has not been plain sailing since his international debut but Australia’s captain has developed a steely determination that England will find tough to crack

Glancing at the cover of the match programme during Australia’s recent tour game at Essex, one could see the increasing absurdity of Michael Clarke being nicknamed Pup. The face staring back is grizzled, stubbled, blotched by harsh days in harsher sunlight. There is an intensity to the eyes that matches the hard edge of the Australia captain’s public persona. His name did not start as an ironic appellation but has morphed into one.

Gone, too, is the joyousness. Baby canines were fair to evoke when a young Clarke was bounding down the pitch, yanking off his helmet to reveal tousled bleached locks, red chubby cheeks pushed out by a grin. These days Clarke smiles fleetingly on the field, like an approving schoolmaster. He sports a no-nonsense buzz cut. His face is lean from hard work. Where delight was the defining feature of his play, now it is mainly determination, especially as he prepares for what will probably be his final Ashes tour after three series defeats in England.

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Ashes duel between Alastair Cook and Michael Clarke will be key | Vic Marks

The general perception is that Australia’s captain is better than England’s but it will be the amount of runs they score that will matter most

Here we go again. From the frequency with which Ashes series come around you might think that this entertainment has been commissioned by the same people who bring us Strictly, MasterChef or Downton Abbey. Find a winning formula and squeeze it dry.

We are about to embark upon the third Test series between these two countries in the past two years, in part a consequence of rejigging the international schedule so that England’s winters in Australia no longer coincide with the World Cup, a measure, we can safely say, that did absolutely nothing for the ECB’s recent pursuit of glory in 50-over cricket. After all the changes of itinerary England ignominiously failed to make the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

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The Joy of Six: Ashes quotes | Rob Smyth

From 58 beers to burnt toast via the promise of a broken arm, here are half-a-dozen memorable Ashes quotes
• The Guardian bookshop: Gentlemen and Sledgers, by Rob Smyth

Don Bradman to his team-mates, Trent Bridge, 1938

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