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Australia captain Michael Clarke has announced that England pace bowler James Anderson never hit him with a pad following the conclusion of the 2006-07 Ashes series, in which the Baggy Greens whitewashed their arch-rivals 5-0.
In his autobiography, Jimmy: My Story, Anderson claimed that he “cuffed” Clarke with a pad after he had gotten drunk at the end of the fifth Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
“The Australians displayed great levels of humility throughout that Test series, except, that is, for Michael Clarke,” Anderson wrote. “While others chatted with opposite numbers about the game, Clarke was being a complete pain, whistling away to himself and carrying on in a most arrogant manner.
“I picked this pad up and cuffed Clarke with it, making the biggest thud imaginable in the process, and causing everyone in the room to stop nattering. For a split second, there was complete silence.”
However, Clarke insisted that this incident never happened and said that Anderson had fabricated the entire thing.
“That one was news to me,” Clarke told GQ Magazine. “But I hope it sold Jimmy a few books.”