Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Are Australia in disarray?


“Mike Hussey is at the centre of a rumour doing the rounds by email, and published in of all places a financial gossip column on Thursday, that he and Michael Clarke had a spectacular falling out after his farewell Test at the SCG. According to the scuttlebutt, Hussey and Clarke had been split over where post-match celebrations should be held - Mr Cricket wanted them in the dressing room and then the hotel, but the captain preferred a planned evening on James Packer's super yacht Seahorse. Hussey, it was claimed, boycotted the boat ride in protest, having also just been surprisingly left out of the one-day squad. He was joined by two other players, the email said.” This was from Friday’s Sydney Herald.

The following however was sent to TMS Towers this evening by an anonymous source…






“I caught up with my mate (relation of Mike Hussey) and got some pretty interesting info ok, there has been a lot of talk around the attitude of Michael Clarke for years, he is a selfish wanker.

Hussey apparently was promised at a minimum two one dayers in the ODI series, in Perth, he was promised this on the back of "best available" talk. It is probably worth mentioning that a lot of the players are a bit scared of Clarke in terms of the fact that he is a selector now, so they avoid trying to piss him off. At some point Clarke called Hussey over (after the end of play) and asked if he could have a word. In this discussion he told Hussey that he wouldn’t be playing because they were "looking to the future" Hussey asked about best available side and all that shit and Clarke said "you can have a lap of honour before we play the ODI in Perth" to which Hussey told him to shove his lap up his arse. Cricket Australia didn’t want to announce the axing but certain members of the Hussey camp "accidentally" dropped the hint to journos around the country. Clarke wasn’t happy about this and I guess it set the tone for the following couple of days (this was after play day 3 from memory). So then the day before the game finished Hussey was asked by Clarke what he wanted to do for his last game, and he said that he wanted to just sit in the change rooms and get pissed with the team and the entire support staff. Michael Clarke then proceeded the following day to organise to go on James Packers massive boat (which they could do any time for the next 3 days) but he wanted to go that evening the test ended.

Hussey leads the team out...

As a side note they all get pretty expensive retirement gifts from the team, and Hussey (being in charge of the song) will change the iPod to John Williamson’s "true blue" this is when the team knows to get in a huddle to sing the team song. Anyway, someone turns the music off, and Hussey started complaining that someone had fucked the iPod up... next minute John Williamson walks in singing "true blue"... thought that was pretty cool.

So anyway, Clarke tried to turn it and say "I did this for you mike" (the boat) when he already knew what Hussey wanted to do, didn't want to go to the boat he wanted to get pissed in the change rooms. So at the end of the day everyone is in the change room drinking, Clarke had left early because he wanted to go on the boat, some players (including Warner) left as well. When it was time to leave for the boat a couple of players asked mike if he was coming, and mike was like "nah go have fun, I will stay and celebrate with my family and the support staff".

Nathan Lyon (Hussey’s best friend in the team) said "fuck that if Huss isn't going I’m not going" then Watto (Shane Watson) said the same. As vice captain that meant a lot because the players came back to the room and were going to bail on the boat, because they weren't worried as much about Clarke losing it.


So the next minute they get word that Clarke has made the boat an "Official Cricket Australia function" which means the players get in trouble for not attending. This forced a lot of the players to leave, Siddle and Lyon and the support staff were the only ones left from what I understand, absolutely petty and shit form from Clarke considering that they could have gone on the boat the following night.

So in the end Hussey, his family and the support staff stayed in the rooms. Hussey then woke up with a voicemail from Clarke which abused the shit out of him for leaking to the media and about how he didn’t go on the boat with the players. Then Clarke put David Warner on the phone, who abused the shit out of him as well. Hussey just took it in his stride and didn’t respond, and the next morning in the lobby of the hotel Clarke wouldn’t even look at him. Hussey apparently said "Hey Clarkey, one day you'll know" and that was the last words they had exchanged. Mike was referring to the fact that Clarke is a selfish fucker, and can’t understand why Hussey is retiring (young family etc)”

Now we know that this could be absolute bollocks but it doesn't half make you think now does it? Roll on the Ashes, we say!

39 comments:

  1. Clarke seems a total cock.

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  2. Even if it's true, does it really matter? England were in disarray and a bit of a laughing stock before 2009 - KP, Moores, 51 all out and all that - but it didn't do them much harm...

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  3. All us here in the UK will be pissing ourselves laughing . Hussey is class on and off the pitch

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  4. Sleeve tattoo = wanker

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  5. As an Englishman, great to see the Aussie's shooting themselves in the foot. Especially so close to not one but two Ashes series!

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  6. I am amazing

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  7. Michael Clarke is amazing

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  8. he's the worst thing that ever happened to oz cricket. im embarrassed to have him as our captain. huss stood by him the whole time even after the katich incident and this is his repayment. what a knob jockey....

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    1. Precisely! Clarke was never fit to be captain and it's clearly since gone to his head. He's an arrogant prick that needs to be put back into the team as a nobody and somebody - anybody - with a better attitude promoted to capt'n.

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    2. I heard that Katich will captain Croatia CC next year when he qualifies...

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  9. Please note David Warner 23 is not actually David warner

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  10. This is embarrassing! I have never read so much rubbish in my life! This is shameful and gutless writing, and clearly written by someone who doesn't like Clarke and by someone who knows nothing about what happens within the four walls of the Australian cricket team! Clarke just decided to make it an official Australian cricket function? Just like that? With no contact with Cricket Australia??? Doesnt happen mate!!! EVER!!! I am seriously disgusted with this kind of "New Idea/Womans Day" dribble! Who is your source? Simone Warne? Get a life!!!

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  11. Nice fairy tale .

    If someone had organised John Williamson to come into the dressing room and then a night on a luxury boat I'd be rapt. Sorry Mr Cricket it was time to give it away you are getting to old, you have your whole life to sit around geting pissed with your mates.
    Must have been another Natham Lyons I saw getting on the boat and partying hard.






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    1. It's Huss's retirement, not Clarke's, and therefore it's not unreasonable of him to choose to have drinks in the dressing room (plus he has the right to determine where and how his final celebrations are to be held - we all know Clarke sure as chit would have/will have his way when it comes to his own retirement) as it's obviously about a calm, relaxed sentimentality for him as opposed to a loud, in ya face, booze up. He may have the rest of his life to sit around getting pissed with his mates-but his final celebration as part of the Aust Cricket Team only happens once and Clarke has no right - and is in NO position - to take that away from him.

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  12. Thanks for the comments chaps. Who knows if it is true? What we are saying though is this is what was printed in the Sydney Herald the other day and this is the email we have been sent. Feel free to follow all the action here though at The Middle Stump and via @themiddlestump on Twitter or on Facebook where we will be having some great competitions during the Ashes.

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  13. At the end of the day Pup was captain, Huss was leaving, and nothing's changed...and nothing will change; next time they pull on their baggy greens they'll still care about nothing except beating the oppo.

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    1. That's probably the most Australian thing I've ever read.

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  14. Even if this is all true, and a lot of certainly fits what we already know about the people involved and what people like Cowan have let slip, then it doesn't really change much - Clarke has always divided the dressing room by being and arrogant prick, Huss has always been a good guy, but still; Clarke is the captain, is in blistering form and looks to be a pretty sharp leader. Who cares if he is a prick - we had Michael Vaughan didn't we? Huss is gone, so nothing changes there either. This is Clarke's team.

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    1. Clarke maybe captain, but the sign of a true leader or captain is not one who leads, but one who's followed. You say it's Clarke's team as if he somehow owns it? The role of captain comes with responsibility, respect and consideration for and amongst the team, (as that's what's required for a team to operate in unity and to their full potential) and if Clarke hasn't earned the respect of the whole team, you have to ask yourself how good a job is he really doing as captain??
      If there's disharmony within the ranks, it effects the team's productivity and games results but based on this article it seems Clarke doesn't care about that, or respecting his fellow team member's wishes and is focused solely on getting only what he wants.
      Huss has every right to enjoy his final day without ppl writing him off as already gone before he's actually left for the final time.

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  15. You Aussies don't have a chance in the Ashes anyway...

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  16. Hussey spotted slinking off behind an oval with a mystery, yet-very-friendly female during the The Frank Worrell Trophy, April 2011/12. Was one of the few whose significant others (read: "young family etc") had not joined the tour. "Stand up bloke". "Legend". Clarke/Hussey - who cares?

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  17. Clarke should kill himself
    i hate the cunt and hope he gets belted fielding in close and gets concussed and doesnt wake up

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  18. looks like your just jealous get over it hussey has retired grow up

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  19. I wish I could have a whinge about luxury yachts or dressing room piss ups after a series win - it must be hard at the top. I still pay to play the game I love, and the beers after the game aren't on the tick either!

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  20. This article may or may not be true. It's certainly feasible that it could of panned out that way. Who knows?
    But even if it is true, the headline "Autralian cricket in disarray" is ridiculous. They played 10 tests last year, winning six, drawing three and losing 1. Hardly disarray!!

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  21. Trouble is there is far too much detail in that second email for it to be even close to true.

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  22. Sent by an 'anonymous source', how believable...

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  23. well they dont real always perform like they used to do i think they still pine for the likes of Glenn m and matthew hayden

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  24. the only reason it is even half believable is because we are dealing with Michael Clarke and he is actually capable of being such a wanker

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  25. Mat "Vicco" Kinder31 January 2013 at 05:56

    Thats not the entire email, it also goes on to question Dave Warners integrity in the way he treats his partner. Clarke as good as he is batting is only captain by default, no one else is good enough to be guaranteed a game and Watson can't get on the paddock. Waugh, AB, Punter, we have had a few hard barstards lead us over the last 20 years, Clarke doesn't hold a candle to them.

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  26. Really. Do you have a copy of the rest of the e mail regarding David Warner? Feel free to send it to us. Thanks for all the comments chaps. This article has had nearly 20,000 views!

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  27. Not the first time clarkey has had a blue bout not wanting to stay in the changerooms,
    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/sport-biography/simon-katich-grabs-michael-clarke-by-throat-over-team-song/story-e6freyli-1111118770979

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  28. Ahh well, just another Clarke hater making up stories which is taken hook, line and sinker by gullible Clarke haters.

    http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/cricket/mike-hussey-sets-the-record-straight/story-e6frey50-1226574603860

    Any truth to the mysterious email sent around which said you and Michael Clarke had a falling out during your last Test?

    No. From my point of view it was really disappointing because there were no issues whatsoever ... I had a fantastic last Test and last night of that Test.

    You sound quite upset about it?

    It has hurt our family that these stories have been made up. I know it is disappointing from Michael Clarke and Dave Warner's point of view, having to deal with things which are completely incorrect. I have never had to deal with anything like this before.

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