I want Clarke to read my autobiography, says Ricky Ponting

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“He might still be a little disappointed but he won’t read anything in the book that he wouldn’t have known about himself or how I felt about it around the team”

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced that he wants his successor, Michael Clarke, to read his autobiography, At The Close of Play, when it officially releases.

Even though he heavily criticised Clarke in his autobiography, Ponting stated that his successor should not be surprised about anything that has been written since it is all true.

“I haven’t spoken to him,” Ponting said. “I was sort of expecting a phone call or message. I am planning to do that. I wanted him to read the book.

“He might still be a little disappointed but he won’t read anything in the book that he wouldn’t have known about himself or how I felt about it around the team. I think he knew what he was doing and decided to take himself away from what he knew was right.”

Moving away from the topic of his autobiography, Ponting lavished praise on Australia all-rounder Shane Watson and even went as far as calling him “the ultimate professional”.

“I have always got on well with Shane and believe he has always done the right thing by the team and guys around him,” Ponting said. “He has always the been the ultimate professional as far as I am concerned.”

Ponting added that Watson would be the perfect candidate to replace Clarke as Australia’s next captain.

“Shane has captained already in a Test in India and his record in one-dayers is quite good,” he said. “It might depend on how long Michael plays. I am sure if Shane got the opportunity he would do a good job.

“Shane has learnt a lot about himself and his game. His last innings, 176 at The Oval, was one of the best he has ever played. Shane is our next best player in the team after Michael Clarke. If he can play the way he finished the last Ashes series it will go a long way to helping Australia win.”

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