Michael Clarke, the former Australian captain who retired after the 2015 Ashes in England, has severely hit back at those who had questioned his ability as a captain. In a column for his Ashes Diary, Clarke has come down scathing on those who criticized him during the disastrous 2015 Ashes campaign for Australia in England.

John Buchanan, Australia’s World Cup winning coach of 2003, 2007 had questioned the ability of Clarke t motivate his players for the tests. Saying that even his dog could have achieved the same success as a coach for Australia as Buchanan, Clarke definitely did not spare Buchanan. “I don’t think John knows a thing about the baggy green cap, having never worn one,” Clarke said. “He’s still living off the fact that he coached a team that anyone, even my dog Jerry, could have coached to world domination.”

Slamming former all-rounder Andrew Symonds, Clarke said, “Andrew Symonds went on TV to criticise my leadership. I’m sorry, but he is not a person to judge anyone on leadership.” This is a guy who turned up drunk to play for his country. It’s pretty rich for him to be throwing rocks.”

“I think I’ve shown over the past 12 years how much I’ve valued representing my country and how much my 389 baggy green means to me,” Clarke wrote. “If Ricky Ponting had asked me to jump off the Harbour Bridge, I would have jumped. I loved playing for Australia that much,” wrote Clarke in his column. 

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