LONDON – Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has claimed that Shane Warne often smoked before stepping onto the cricket field. Clarke said the legendary spinner even used to ‘put it out’ and ‘hide’ it, only to continue again after every match.
Shane Warne had a chequered 15-year-long career for Australia. The leg-spinner was constantly in the limelight for his on and off-field antics and was even labeled by some as ‘controversy’s favorite child’.
Michael Clarke implied that Warne lived through this pressure night and day which prompted him to such a path.
“He would always leave the things happening off the field, off the field. Generally, Warnie would have a smoke as he was walking onto the ground. He will try to hide it somewhere. And when he finished his smoke and put it out, he knew that it was game time. He crossed that line and whatever he had going off the field, he would leave it there, go and do his stuff on the field and when he came back, he knew it was still going to be there,” Clarke said on the Uncensored Podcast.
Michael Clarke also lauded Shane Warne for his robust mental fortitude in the face of adversity.