Ponting ‘offended’ after Taylor sticks his nose into Clarke dispute

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“The disappointing thing for me was that this wasn’t left in the change-room and it wasn’t sorted out in the change-room”

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has announced that he was “really offended” when ex-skipper Mark Taylor decided to get involved in his ongoing dispute with Michael Clarke.

Taylor noted that Ponting and Clarke’s feud should have been left in the dressing room instead of being made public knowledge.

“The disappointing thing for me was that this wasn’t left in the change-room and it wasn’t sorted out in the change-room,” Taylor said. “Look, to me it takes two to tango — I reckon Michael Clarke probably could have done more to appease the situation, and from what I’ve seen and read and heard in recent times, there’s no doubt Ricky Ponting could have done more as well.”

However, Ponting believes that Taylor had no business butting in and adding more fuel to the fire.

“I’ve just given my side of it,” Ponting said. “I was actually really offended that Mark would come out and say that I would break what happens in the sanctuary in the change room. That’s not me.

“I’m not out doing things like this to sell books. Australian cricket is dear for me. It’s been my life for 20-odd years.”

Taylor noted that Ponting was entitled to write an autobiography about his illustrious career, but added that “I’m a little sick of hearing all of it”.

“I’ve heard all these things before,” Taylor said. “And they’ve happened in sides that I?ve played in where certain characters came in and they were different. Every change-room, no matter how good the team is going, have those differences in characters.”

While writing his autobiography, Taylor stated that he left out certain events since it would have been detrimental to the national team.

“I don’t think the public needs to hear everything that goes on no matter how close a team is or how close you think all the individuals are at various times,” he said. “There are certain bust-ups at various times and they should be handled straight away, handled properly with adult conversations, and then you should move on.”

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