There is no more bad blood between me and Clarke, insists Ricky Ponting

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“Hopefully we can put it to bed today”

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has insisted that there is no more bad blood between him and his successor, Michael Clarke.

Ponting heavily criticised Clarke in his autobiography, At the Close of Play, whereby he questioned whether his successor was committed to the national team when he was the vice-captain.

However, Ponting claims that he has buried the hatchet with Clarke after sending him a text message.

“There was nothing he said to me that would have indicated otherwise,” Ponting was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald. “He got straight back to me.

“We want to both try and move on from where we’re at. He’s got a lot of cricket to play, he’s got other things on his mind.

“The last thing he wants to be thinking and talking about is something like this. As I spelt out to him in my message I want to make sure he has got a clear mind and can go out and play well and more importantly lead the team well through the Ashes series.

“Hopefully we can put it to bed today.”

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