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Michael Clarke clears air with Kumble

The Australian batsman said he spoke to Anil Kumble and sorts out contentious issues raised by the Indian skipper after the acrimonious Sydney Test.

cricket Updated: Jan 13, 2008 14:24 IST

Australian batsman Michael Clarke on Sunday said he spoke to Anil Kumble and sorted out the contentious issues raised by the Indian skipper after the acrimonious Sydney Test.

Kumble, in a newspaper column, had criticised Clarke for dishonesty on two counts: first for standing his ground after being clearly caught in the slips when he was yet to open account in Australia's second innings, and the other for claiming a controversial low catch in the slips to remove Sourav Ganguly on the final day of the Test.

Citing the two incidents, Kumble had threatened to discontinue with a pre-series agreement between the captains to accept the word of fielders on catches close to the ground.

"I spoke to Anil and he was actually very supportive and said, 'Mate I understand'," Clarke, being groomed to succeed Ricky Ponting as Australian captain, said.

"We've played a fair bit of cricket against each other and he knows I'm not the type of person to try and harm the game -- that was the last thing I would want, to put the game in jeopardy."

Clarke, was adamant that he took a clean catch to dismiss Ganguly but said he was disappointed to be out first ball in Australia's second innings.

He said the pressure to come up with some runs after the first innings failure was the main reason behind standing his ground after being out.

"The catch, still to this day, I feel 100 per cent positive I caught fairly and I told him (Kumble) that.

"I said with my dismissal it was more shock and disappointment to be honest more than anything else."