The Ashes: Geoff Marsh frustrated by Ricky Ponting comments on Michael Clarke

Last Updated: 30/10/13 12:27pm

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Ricky Ponting: Critical of former team-mate Michael Clarke

Ricky Ponting: Critical of former team-mate Michael Clarke

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Australia captain Michael Clarke enjoyed a welcome injury boost ahead of The Ashes, but it is off-field matters affecting him that have been making the headlines.

Clarke has been plagued by a long-term back injury, but he scored 88 for New South Wales in their Sheffield Shield match with Tasmania in Sydney on his return to action after six weeks out.

But, rather than focus on the positives of that innings, Clarke had to field questions about claims made by former national captain Ricky Ponting.

Ponting is critical of Clarke in his autobiography, which is currently being serialised in the Australian press, accusing him of being a poor team player.

Clarke was clearly annoyed at being asked to answer questions about Ponting's book, rather than Australia's chances of regaining The Ashes following his comeback knock.

Matt Prior says England captain Alastair Cook's absence from their first warm-up match is purely precautionary, due to him struggling with a back injury.

When asked about Ponting's claims, he responded: "Ricky said that did he? Well, Ricky has my number."

Resolved

However, the two are understood to have since settled their differences following a phone call.

Australia legend Geoff Marsh is unhappy with the situation, but is glad they have resolved any tension.

"I'm disappointed because they are two great cricketers, but I've just read that they've had a phone call and have made up, which is fantastic," he told Sky Sports News.

"I don't like seeing team-mates having a go at each other when they retire because they shared so many great moments together, especially in that era.

"They played in some great Australian teams and I just find it disappointing when you retire and you criticise and have a go at team-mates."

Watch the Ashes live on Sky Sports this winter, beginning with the opening Test in Brisbane. Coverage begins at 11pm on Sky Sports HD2 on 20 November.

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