Australia in New Zealand 2009-10 March 14, 2010

Clarke confirms New Zealand flight

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Michael Clarke will join Australia's Test squad in New Zealand on Monday after ending his personal leave to deal with the breakdown of his two-year engagement. Clarke has confirmed his departure with Cricket Australia and a spokesman told Cricinfo he would fly from Sydney on Monday morning with the five-day specialists.

Clarke, the vice-captain, has been at home since leaving the one-day squad early last week and will be pleased to exit the intense local spotlight. Ricky Ponting is looking forward to getting his deputy back and Michael Hussey has said any sledging of Clarke's personal situation by the New Zealanders would be "going a little bit too far".

"I don't know, we'll have to wait and see really," Hussey told reporters in Wellington. "He's such a mentally tough person. He'll be fine. It's important we don't get caught up in that by-play."

Phillip Hughes, Steven Smith, Simon Katich and Marcus North will fly to Wellington with Clarke, who finalised his travel plans with Michael Brown, Cricket Australia's deputy, over the weekend. Ponting is confident Clarke will not have any problems readjusting to life in the Test side and he is a definite starter at the Basin Reserve on Friday.

"He'll get himself prepared for the first Test," Ponting said after losing the final match of the one-day series. "It's obviously been a tough time for him the last few days at home.

"All the guys here have given as much support as possible and he was given as much time as he needed to get everything sorted at home. He'll come back for us as the vice-captain and an experienced player in the Test side."

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  • arpitgarg on March 15, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    hmm...what happened to "How's Nagam Captain" by Steve Waugh to Sourav Ganguly. Aussie cricketers are making fool of themselves by "No Personal sledging" whereas they are the ones who started it.

  • Robbfatha on March 15, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Any bloke who thinks he can ditch his team in the middle of a series to go see his missus and then think he shouldn't be sledged about it when he returns is so far in la-la land its unbelievable.

  • Bhagatsingh on March 15, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Ok, so the assies think that sledging involving personal matters is off limits. Oh yeah, when its them who are on the receiving end then it does matter, else you know it really doesnt. No where did the same assies go when McGrath was involved in that trash talk with Sarwan. I think NZ should pounce on this opportunity and sledge and demoralize clarke and the whole assies as much as possible. If I were given a chance, I would have no qualms in doing so

  • cheesemethod on March 15, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    I wouldn't expect the kiwis to give him too much stick. As a blackcaps supporter I think hes one of the very few Australians that you can't hate. Always plays in the spirit of the game and never comes across as arrogant or cocky (which ponting is an expert at). All the best clarkey, although I hope you get knocked over for a couple of ducks, we'll need all the help we can get in these 2 tests.

  • JAYDE6 on March 15, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    For all the Aussies, remember the ugly "sledging match" between McGrath and Sarwan, well if that is not personal, then sledging Clarke "personally" shouldnt be a problem to U guys. Funny hearing an Aussie laying rules about "sledging", come on U R supposed to be "THE TOUGH AUSSIES".

  • Howasthatone on March 15, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    I reckon the Kiwis ought to rip into Clarke and he's up to it. Australians are toughest of the lot and Hussey was out of turn to say what he did.

  • sabina2009 on March 15, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    I wish Clarke good luck and I really wish he concentrates on his batting. It is tough to adjust when someone gets stabbed in the back but one has to cope up with the reality. Clarke should fully concentrate on his cricket and forget about the past. He has to stay focused and positive.

  • on March 15, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    The Kiwi's can sledge all they like, they are a piss poor test side anyway and we'll beat them all the same.

  • eminem on March 15, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    BillyC: how come ony when Aus is put in the corner you sisses come up with these slogans such as racism and sledging are 2 different things. No one in the team said a word or condemed when murali was called a name associated with his color, or when herschille gibbs was called something on those lines or when Gayle was also told some thing like that. Thats being toooo sissy mate!

  • fairdinkum on March 15, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Sledging - my view is that Ricky Ponting's outfit should never explain and never complain. Up to now, the Aus-NZ ODI series was full of sledging and yet was played in the right spirit. Neither side complained. That's different to those on the sideline having something to say about it. Hussey is setting the scene to ease the pressure on Clarke. It is a team tactic. It is taking a leaf out of India's book of using the media and the obviously volatile supporter base to put pressure on the opposition. Only the Indian team has mastered the art - witness the BCCI threatened team walk out, snide, unattributed remarks by supposed insiders about how Aussies don't like it when the volley of sledging is returned. Most of us have no idea what is said on the field yet so many claim to know..sorry boys the grapevine just isn't that good. It's a trusim but generally the losing side doesn't win the sledging contest.

  • arpitgarg on March 15, 2010, 4:09 GMT

    hmm...what happened to "How's Nagam Captain" by Steve Waugh to Sourav Ganguly. Aussie cricketers are making fool of themselves by "No Personal sledging" whereas they are the ones who started it.

  • Robbfatha on March 15, 2010, 3:44 GMT

    Any bloke who thinks he can ditch his team in the middle of a series to go see his missus and then think he shouldn't be sledged about it when he returns is so far in la-la land its unbelievable.

  • Bhagatsingh on March 15, 2010, 3:34 GMT

    Ok, so the assies think that sledging involving personal matters is off limits. Oh yeah, when its them who are on the receiving end then it does matter, else you know it really doesnt. No where did the same assies go when McGrath was involved in that trash talk with Sarwan. I think NZ should pounce on this opportunity and sledge and demoralize clarke and the whole assies as much as possible. If I were given a chance, I would have no qualms in doing so

  • cheesemethod on March 15, 2010, 3:21 GMT

    I wouldn't expect the kiwis to give him too much stick. As a blackcaps supporter I think hes one of the very few Australians that you can't hate. Always plays in the spirit of the game and never comes across as arrogant or cocky (which ponting is an expert at). All the best clarkey, although I hope you get knocked over for a couple of ducks, we'll need all the help we can get in these 2 tests.

  • JAYDE6 on March 15, 2010, 3:15 GMT

    For all the Aussies, remember the ugly "sledging match" between McGrath and Sarwan, well if that is not personal, then sledging Clarke "personally" shouldnt be a problem to U guys. Funny hearing an Aussie laying rules about "sledging", come on U R supposed to be "THE TOUGH AUSSIES".

  • Howasthatone on March 15, 2010, 3:07 GMT

    I reckon the Kiwis ought to rip into Clarke and he's up to it. Australians are toughest of the lot and Hussey was out of turn to say what he did.

  • sabina2009 on March 15, 2010, 2:58 GMT

    I wish Clarke good luck and I really wish he concentrates on his batting. It is tough to adjust when someone gets stabbed in the back but one has to cope up with the reality. Clarke should fully concentrate on his cricket and forget about the past. He has to stay focused and positive.

  • on March 15, 2010, 2:54 GMT

    The Kiwi's can sledge all they like, they are a piss poor test side anyway and we'll beat them all the same.

  • eminem on March 15, 2010, 2:11 GMT

    BillyC: how come ony when Aus is put in the corner you sisses come up with these slogans such as racism and sledging are 2 different things. No one in the team said a word or condemed when murali was called a name associated with his color, or when herschille gibbs was called something on those lines or when Gayle was also told some thing like that. Thats being toooo sissy mate!

  • fairdinkum on March 15, 2010, 2:00 GMT

    Sledging - my view is that Ricky Ponting's outfit should never explain and never complain. Up to now, the Aus-NZ ODI series was full of sledging and yet was played in the right spirit. Neither side complained. That's different to those on the sideline having something to say about it. Hussey is setting the scene to ease the pressure on Clarke. It is a team tactic. It is taking a leaf out of India's book of using the media and the obviously volatile supporter base to put pressure on the opposition. Only the Indian team has mastered the art - witness the BCCI threatened team walk out, snide, unattributed remarks by supposed insiders about how Aussies don't like it when the volley of sledging is returned. Most of us have no idea what is said on the field yet so many claim to know..sorry boys the grapevine just isn't that good. It's a trusim but generally the losing side doesn't win the sledging contest.

  • 26overt on March 15, 2010, 1:54 GMT

    @ BillyCC

    I assume you are talking about the McGrath/Sarwan incident? I believe Sarwan was well within his rights to have to dig at McGrath the way he did. McGrath dished out a verbal volley (a horrible one at that) & Sarwan repsonded perfectly (McGrath came off second best). Moral of the story: Dont dish it out if you cant handle it when you get it back

  • eminem on March 15, 2010, 1:53 GMT

    Anthony Prucell; in England, yes, but in Aus that strategy doesnt work. Where are you from?

  • on March 15, 2010, 0:51 GMT

    Why are Aussie cricketers softies? What happened to the tough men of Australian cricket? Bring back McGrath, Symonds, Hayden and Warne.

  • beardfear_ on March 15, 2010, 0:49 GMT

    The choo-choo thing was a poisonous myth. Created by a journalist and swiftly discredited as a lie, but still perpetrated by the sort of people who thrive on spreading poisonous myths. The jouurnalist Paul Sheehan was lucky not to be sued for it. Chris Cairns denied it ever happened, in his own memoir no less.

    Don't repeat anything you wouldn't sign your own name to.

  • sammykent on March 15, 2010, 0:48 GMT

    When a batsman gets to the middle he or she should expect to be sledged. Technical skills as well as mental skills are tested out in the middle. It is like a Archer about to release the string of his bow when there is a cough or an abrupt noise. It is not just about the fight between bat and ball, it is also the individual's internal fight against pressure, self doubt and anger. Sledging can be caustic and is designed to throw a player off their guard, but sledging someone about their dead sister is perverse. As professionals these guys know when they have crossed the line. Sledging Clarkey is on the cards and he should know that and be prepared for it. NZ team should buy his Aston Martin and do some doughnuts outside the Aussie's hotel, that should illicit a reaction.

  • BillyCC on March 15, 2010, 0:35 GMT

    A message to Cricktah: The mentioning of McGrath's wife was in poor taste and was wrong so no one should condone that. However, I'm sure the Australians have said some things in poor taste over the years. Clarke and his failed relationship is fair game given the standard of sledging over the years. However, the monkey taunt is unacceptable because racism is clearly against the rules. Therefore, anyone who is found guilty of this should be punished, whether the offender is Australian, Indian etc. So I definitely don't agree with you there, in today's society, sledging and racism are a completely separate issue.

  • SLAMMER on March 15, 2010, 0:08 GMT

    Well well, since when personal situations were to be excluded from sledging Saint Hussey, invoking a rule for Saint Clarke, the Australian cricket team is the lowest anyways, if the Black Caps sledge Clarke on the Lara Bingle episode, they will still be well above the level the Aussies stoop series after series, personal circumstances or otherwise. Just so that Saint Hussey, Saint Clarke and the purest of all Saints, Saint Ponting are aware the kiwi media and the beige brigade will have some cement pills handy for you guys to harden up!!!!

  • australianblaster on March 14, 2010, 23:46 GMT

    Sledging happens everywhere, international, state and weekend leagues,we only here about it more from Australia because thats where we are, its when it gets personal there is a major problem sooner or later there is going to be an incident involving this behaviour and its not going to be pretty on the field. Unfortunately its part of the game...... The Shane Warne-Chris Cairns incident i didnt even know about till i read these comments but that is NOT on,as with the underarm match (in 1981?)i feel that,and i guarantee a lot of others do,that was one of the biggest DISGRACES in world cricket

  • rsingh79 on March 14, 2010, 23:30 GMT

    something i remember "Mental Disintegration" came from steve waugh, oh hussey might not know it, he wasnt in the team! But i am sure the kiwi's would love the prospect of clarkey batting under pressure and i would love to hear what mccullum would have to stay to him when vettori is bowling and he is upto the stumps right near PUP's ear.

  • psychlone on March 14, 2010, 23:20 GMT

    Hey guys - that choo choo sledge was a myth - i believe CC denied it outright in his book - so can we stop bringing it up, please

  • SS2cat on March 14, 2010, 23:18 GMT

    Going to far??? I'd call Mark Waugh making train noises at Chris Cairns just after his sister had been killed by one going to far...

  • mdsmedia on March 14, 2010, 23:09 GMT

    Anthony Purcell's got it spot on. You whinge about Aussie sledging....yet it's ok for others to do it because the Aussies do it.

    I agree that Hussey's brought it on Clarke, just by bringing it up before it happens. And any Indians complaining about Aussie behaviour really should take a closer look in their back yards, players, fans and cricket board.

  • ross_k on March 14, 2010, 22:47 GMT

    @ Nick Purvey and Mobiasprime. Didn't Chris Cairns deny the 'choo choo' sledge ever happened in his book?

  • redneck on March 14, 2010, 22:35 GMT

    as an aussie i say let them sledge, the only thing off limmits in my book is talking about some who has died or is terminally ill. while it may be in poor taste to give him grief over his engagement break off, i think the aussies have to cop it, as they have delt it out previously!

  • BillyCC on March 14, 2010, 22:19 GMT

    I couldn't agree more with the comments in this forum about sledging limits being stretched by the Australians in the recent past. As a result, this new development of Clarke's personal life is targetable by all the opposition. But of course, does it help to stir someone such as Clarke up? In the past, there were steely characters who it did more harm to sledge. I personally hope NZ sledge him mercilessly and then we'll see the stuffing Clarke is made of. The manner of his dismissals will also be vital. A lazy waft outside off-stump or a catch given to an outfielder will reveal that the concentration is not quite there and reveal that the personal demons may be taking over. This situation will then give us the clues needed to see whether he can be the next Australian captain.

  • malomay on March 14, 2010, 22:09 GMT

    The Aussie response should be..."Where the bloody hell are you Bond ?" !

  • cricktah on March 14, 2010, 21:31 GMT

    It's incredible how the Aussies like to define - on a completely ad-hoc basis - what is acceptable in sledging and what is not! They talk crap on the field all the time but when someone else does it to them, they get high and mighty and try to define rules for others - "No invoking of McGrath's wife, no calling Symonds a monkey, no reminding Clarke of his failed relationship, etc."

  • Jimmy1724 on March 14, 2010, 21:26 GMT

    "Where the bloody hell's Lara?" Sledging's started already Huss

  • on March 14, 2010, 21:25 GMT

    So let me get this straight? You guys all think that the degree to which Australians sledge is wrong - and you hope everyone else starts behaving just as badly... because that will make things so much better? Talk about the vice-like grip of reason! How about instead of sinking to that level people start holding themselves to higher standards? And maybe that should start with the fans...

  • Sargsi on March 14, 2010, 21:15 GMT

    Im a Proud Aussie But if the Kiwis didnt have a crack at him id be very upset!! Its test cricket lads if you cant stand the heat get out of the kitchen.

  • curryinbrisbane on March 14, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    Get over it Hussey, don't be a whining wimp for the pup. Bingle was a gold digger & Clarke has got rid of her finally. Stop the home media first before sermonising the NZ cricketers and media.

  • Mobiasprime on March 14, 2010, 21:05 GMT

    Clarkes Ex Girlfriend is nothing, come on Mike Hussey you really must have a short memory. No one can excuse Shane Warne for his 'Choo Choo" taunting of Chris Cairns who lost his sister in a train accident all done in the lowest possible taste, aswell as dear I put it the underarm incident.

  • on March 14, 2010, 21:04 GMT

    sledge clarke no chance he will be 4 man bobbed!!!

  • masumaman on March 14, 2010, 19:58 GMT

    Did Aussies go through a single match without sledging when they were under pressure? The answer is they didn't. so New Zealand will do the samething.

  • amdtelrunya on March 14, 2010, 19:45 GMT

    Australia are likely to carve up NZ in this test series, can't really agree with Hussey though, they are hardly the team with the cleanest of slates when it comes to sledging, and he knows it. If the sledging shoe was on Australia's foot for the same reason then they wouldn't hesitate to put the boot in.

  • on March 14, 2010, 19:27 GMT

    it is a bit of a contridiction saying no sledging about my situation cause it personal when i do seem to remember a few years ago the shane warne/chris cairns sledging incident

  • vparisa on March 14, 2010, 18:23 GMT

    Cant believe this..Did Hussey really say that? I hope Kiwi's give Clarke some nice shower talk!! Nothing is off limits in sledging.

  • CricketingStargazer on March 14, 2010, 16:16 GMT

    The Australians invested and perfected sledging, how come suddenly they don't like it? I'm afraid that this admission of weakness is an open invitation to New Zealand to go at him.

  • decaby on March 14, 2010, 16:10 GMT

    OH so Clarkee's relationship is off limits ... Bet if MJ was on an opposing team he would have had a fiels day with Clarkee and gotten off ... Especially if the Kiwis were Up on the Aussies ... Sure i would be the first to give a taunt to Clarkee... if i was a cricketer ... The Aussies Do it Why shouldnt the World tooo ...

  • Prasanna-n-Punter on March 14, 2010, 15:47 GMT

    cant agree more on dcrowle's words - when others do it, indians cry and complain. but they dont mind doing it either . might sound out-of-context here, but the only team that whinges about umpiring must be theirs. Rudi Koertzen had a horrible lords test ( Ashes 09 ) but still, no flights were booked to fly home, no effigy of Rudi was burnt and no one marched on procession on the streets of Melbourne and Sydney. But when it happened to their team, it must be treated as if it is a sin against mankind !! unfortunately , in today's world of IPLs and lucrative contracts, they are the ones who call the shots , what a disguise !!!

  • ram5160 on March 14, 2010, 14:30 GMT

    I can understand Husey s plea if someone close to the player had died or something like that but this is one of the funniest episodes I had ever heard of. Hussey s request is just gonna make the Kiwis come harder at him.

  • Uranium on March 14, 2010, 14:16 GMT

    Mike Hussey is wrong here. I'm an Aussie but I expect and want the NZers to go hard at Clarke with the foulest and lowest sledging possible. If Clarke can't handle it then it means he's not ready to play. Simple as that.

  • SachinIsTheGreatest on March 14, 2010, 14:11 GMT

    dcrowle, everyone sledges but the Aussies seem to consider they a divine right to preach to the world about what is good or bad in sledging and what is or isn't in the "spirit" cricket. Remember Clarke passed comments about Gayle's background sometime back in a game. So much for things being off-limit!

  • on March 14, 2010, 14:06 GMT

    If Aussies can talk about other cricketers wife and mothers...surely Clarke's Girl friend is not off limit.

  • on March 14, 2010, 13:38 GMT

    Asking for no sledging will surely be like a red rag to a Kiwi. As an Aussie, if I thought the opposition was asking for this kind of special treatment, I reckon I'd give them more. They shouldn't have said anything. He'll have to take it on the chin like we expect everyone else to do. You can't expect to ask not to be sledged about your personal life, when you give it out.

  • on March 14, 2010, 12:55 GMT

    Don't forget to read the comments at the bottom ... especially from "ZEUS00" ... watch the Kiwis vs Oz series ... more spicy I guess!

  • dcrowle on March 14, 2010, 12:54 GMT

    Apparently the Aussies are the only ones in world cricket who sledge given this feedback. Like any good team when you're winning whatever you do is worse than any other team who do the same thing. I think India should watch themselves given their terrible disciplinary record.

  • McPiggle on March 14, 2010, 12:52 GMT

    I say if the Aussies can sledge and carry on the way they do, its fair game for the Black Caps to reciprocate where appropriate :)

  • furley on March 14, 2010, 12:38 GMT

    further evidence that this present Australian team is not as strong as years before. now teammates are begging for protection for Michael Clarke's fragile mental state............heres my advise to the New Zealand team PILE IT ON WITH ZEAL..............no holds barred

  • ZEUS00 on March 14, 2010, 12:08 GMT

    It's simply amazing how the Aussies quickly redefine what's appropriate and what not when something funny is happening to them! Michael "Wussey" is scared of the Kiwis sledging them about this ridiculously overpublicised episode haha, I suggest the black caps gleefully exploit the situation, and who knows we might even win the series as the Aussies mentally disintegrate! Cricketing history is replete with incidents of Aussies crossing the proverbial line of decency, and their chief selector is (Mr Uncouth and the master of unsophistication) Merv Hughes, for god's sake! Someone should definitely take a pic of Michael Clarke coming out of the shower and put it up for sale (max price $2) on Trade Me! Yes, it's all in good humour Kangaroo boys, you are on Kiwi turf now, we set the rules, so expect zero hospitality! We still love Aussie girls though!

  • Ellis on March 14, 2010, 12:00 GMT

    Nice try by Hussey about NZ not making any comments regarding Clarke's personal situation. I agree with the principle, but, would the Aussies have been quiet if the shoe was on the other foot? That would be like believing the world is made of cream cheese! If you live by the sword, you die by the sword! If it happens, suck it up Aussies, it would be a case of the biter bit!

  • Charizard on March 14, 2010, 10:16 GMT

    Well done Hussey... wen aussies sledges its all part of d game.. its their way to win, b it sledging on personal level.. n now u warn others of nt doin d same to clarke Remember wt glenn mcgrath said to sarwan..wasnt too personal n im truly proud of the reply Sarwan gave back.. tat was awesome,nways glen started it :) So guys jst play toiugh cricket... nobody wants to discuss his personal life on cricket field... its jst aussies r gettin taste of their own medicine... n yes it taste bad Win like a hero,lose like a fighter.... only den wil ppl remember u guys, yes aussie r team to beat...bt guys sledging wil only degrade ur character

  • ww113 on March 14, 2010, 10:06 GMT

    Sledging is a pretty disagreeable business,leaves a bad taste in the mouth.It is ironic that the Australians always want to do it to the opposition but for themselves they want exceptions !

  • shakir23 on March 14, 2010, 10:04 GMT

    whats this saga all about???

  • popcorn on March 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    This is wonderful news. It shows commitment on the part of Michael Clarke to Cricket Australia AND to his team-mates, AND to the Australian Cricket Team, AND a burning desire to succeeed at he pinnacle of Cricket, and - most importantly, an ability to balance his career and his personal life. His leadership qualities and tactical brilliance are without question. Australian Cricket's Test future is in safe hands.

  • on March 14, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Yeah clarke!u r the experienced one and i know u can handle ur personal problems quite easily!!!!GO ON CLARKE GO ON AUSTRALIA

  • Wolverinesnikt on March 14, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    "Michael Hussey has said any sledging of Clarke's personal situation by the New Zealanders would be "going a little bit too far". "

    I don't seem to remember the Aussies being quite as considerate to other teams. Whatever happened to 'keeping things on the field', 'solving issues over a beer', 'mental disintegration' and the like? The way I see it, everything's fair game when it comes to the Aussies. If you're prepared to sledge dirty when it comes to other teams, you've got to be prepared to cop some yourselves. Otherwise just play clean like the Sri Lankans.

  • ryan82 on March 14, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Rich comments from the Aussies concidering their disgusting "choo choo" treatment of Chris Cairns after he lost his sister..

  • DutchCricket on March 14, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    "Sledging that goes too far ?" Nonsense, there's no such thing ! I think a few well timed jibes on "Can you hold onto this catch better than you could your girls" will go a long way towards rendering Clarke a spent force in this series...

  • zero-not-out on March 14, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Hmm... So Hussey thinks personal sledging is wrong? That I can agree on, but since the Aussies are arguably the worst sledgers around, and in the past involved in personal sledging on numerous occasions, I actually hope the Kiwi's stoop to their low level this time and give Clarke hell. What goes around comes around boys. There's nothing wrong with some sledging and some of it is pretty damn funny at times but the crap that those Aussies come up with needs to be flushed down the toilet

  • mumbaiguy79 on March 14, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Funny talk from Hussey! The same Australians who have mastered this art of sledging want a pass this time jus because one of their comrades is "suffering". You live by the sword and should be ready...

  • Anon_gish on March 14, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I'm sorry, but the Australians opened the door to sledging a long time back (and still continue with it). So they do not now have any moral authority to decide what constitutes the limits of sledging. I'd encourage the Kiwis to go after Clarke in whatever (verbal) way possible.

  • Anon_gish on March 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    I'm sorry, but the Australians opened the door to sledging a long time back (and still continue with it). So they do not now have any moral authority to decide what constitutes the limits of sledging. I'd encourage the Kiwis to go after Clarke in whatever (verbal) way possible.

  • TM_G on March 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    While I agree that 'sledging on personal life is off-limits', I cannot but help recall Aussie sledging of Ganguly over some new reports of his dalliance with some actress whose name I forget. Maybe Aussies should prescribe to the the world the 'Ten Commandments of sledging' viatwo engraved tablets : one for the rest of the world, and a blank tablet for Aussies.

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  • TM_G on March 14, 2010, 7:10 GMT

    While I agree that 'sledging on personal life is off-limits', I cannot but help recall Aussie sledging of Ganguly over some new reports of his dalliance with some actress whose name I forget. Maybe Aussies should prescribe to the the world the 'Ten Commandments of sledging' viatwo engraved tablets : one for the rest of the world, and a blank tablet for Aussies.

  • Anon_gish on March 14, 2010, 7:14 GMT

    I'm sorry, but the Australians opened the door to sledging a long time back (and still continue with it). So they do not now have any moral authority to decide what constitutes the limits of sledging. I'd encourage the Kiwis to go after Clarke in whatever (verbal) way possible.

  • Anon_gish on March 14, 2010, 7:21 GMT

    I'm sorry, but the Australians opened the door to sledging a long time back (and still continue with it). So they do not now have any moral authority to decide what constitutes the limits of sledging. I'd encourage the Kiwis to go after Clarke in whatever (verbal) way possible.

  • mumbaiguy79 on March 14, 2010, 7:40 GMT

    Funny talk from Hussey! The same Australians who have mastered this art of sledging want a pass this time jus because one of their comrades is "suffering". You live by the sword and should be ready...

  • zero-not-out on March 14, 2010, 8:03 GMT

    Hmm... So Hussey thinks personal sledging is wrong? That I can agree on, but since the Aussies are arguably the worst sledgers around, and in the past involved in personal sledging on numerous occasions, I actually hope the Kiwi's stoop to their low level this time and give Clarke hell. What goes around comes around boys. There's nothing wrong with some sledging and some of it is pretty damn funny at times but the crap that those Aussies come up with needs to be flushed down the toilet

  • DutchCricket on March 14, 2010, 8:08 GMT

    "Sledging that goes too far ?" Nonsense, there's no such thing ! I think a few well timed jibes on "Can you hold onto this catch better than you could your girls" will go a long way towards rendering Clarke a spent force in this series...

  • ryan82 on March 14, 2010, 8:45 GMT

    Rich comments from the Aussies concidering their disgusting "choo choo" treatment of Chris Cairns after he lost his sister..

  • Wolverinesnikt on March 14, 2010, 9:15 GMT

    "Michael Hussey has said any sledging of Clarke's personal situation by the New Zealanders would be "going a little bit too far". "

    I don't seem to remember the Aussies being quite as considerate to other teams. Whatever happened to 'keeping things on the field', 'solving issues over a beer', 'mental disintegration' and the like? The way I see it, everything's fair game when it comes to the Aussies. If you're prepared to sledge dirty when it comes to other teams, you've got to be prepared to cop some yourselves. Otherwise just play clean like the Sri Lankans.

  • on March 14, 2010, 9:47 GMT

    Yeah clarke!u r the experienced one and i know u can handle ur personal problems quite easily!!!!GO ON CLARKE GO ON AUSTRALIA

  • popcorn on March 14, 2010, 9:49 GMT

    This is wonderful news. It shows commitment on the part of Michael Clarke to Cricket Australia AND to his team-mates, AND to the Australian Cricket Team, AND a burning desire to succeeed at he pinnacle of Cricket, and - most importantly, an ability to balance his career and his personal life. His leadership qualities and tactical brilliance are without question. Australian Cricket's Test future is in safe hands.