Friday, 3 December 2021

Michael Clarke Offers to Help Cricket Australia


 Australia’s next international commitment is a limited-overs tour of England in June. (Photo: AFP)

GOLD COAST: Former captain Michael Clarke has offered to help the embattled Australian cricket team ‘in any way’ he can as they deal with the fallout of ball-tampering bans to captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner.

Smith and Warner were banned by Cricket Australia for 12 months, while opening batsman Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban for ball tampering during last month’s third test against South Africa.

Wicketkeeper Tim Paine, who was a surprise recall for the Ashes series against England last year, took over the captaincy in the short term.

Clarke, who retired at the end of an unsuccessful Ashes tour of England in 2015, said he would consider returning in any capacity to help out Cricket Australia (CA).

“I would do anything to help the Australian cricket team,” he told Australia’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on Sunday.

“I can’t just sit here and do nothing. I feel I owe the game too much. I’ve experienced a lot of great things in cricket but some tough times as well.

“I’ve got the experience to help these young players and that’s where our focus should be right now until the other guys come back.”

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