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Michael Clarke says he loves to holiday in the Whitsunday Islands

The former Aussie skipper confesses his love for water and boats as well as great food!

brunch Updated: Sep 25, 2017 17:31 IST
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Hindustan Times
Michael Clarke,Whitsunday Islands,Australia
Michael Clarke wears a kurta by Ashish N Soni and pants from Hugo Boss. (Styling by Mia; Make-up and hair by Ashwin Shelar; Location courtesy: The St. Regis Mumbai for Michael Clarke )(Prabhat Shetty)

In a candid interview with HT Brunch, Australian cricketer Michael Clarke pours his heart out on all the things he loves. And, the former captain, extends Indians a warm invitation to his homeland, Australia, where he spends quality time with his family over barbecues, holidays in the wonderful Whitsunday Islands in Queensland and more...

Clarke grew up an hour away from Sydney in the western suburbs. He says that his family didn’t have much growing up.“My mum and dad both worked full-time jobs to send my sister and I to public school, and to allow us to play the sports we wanted.”

The former cricketer has now travelled to most states across the country and while he spends a significant amount of time in Sydney and Melbourne, his favourite holiday destination is the Whitsunday Islands in Queensland. “I’ve always loved the water and boats so Whitsundays is magnificent. I also enjoy a glass of wine somewhere like the Barossa Valley in south Australia,” Clarke says.

Comprising of 74 Island Wonders, the Whitsundays are perched on the stunning tropical coast of Queensland. And a visit to the Whitsundays is nothing short of a sensory feast.

Clarke’s always loved the water and boats and so, Whitsunday Islands in Queensland is his favourite holiday destination (Shutterstock)

Clarke runs an investment business in Sydney, fulfils brand commitments, commentates, and spends as much time as he can with wife Kyly and 18-month-old daughter Kelsey Lee. His ideal day comprises a barbeque at home with family and friends. “I take my daughter for a swim. My sister and my wife’s sister both have two kids so we invite everybody over. Breakfast turns into lunch and lunch into dinner,” he says.

While he loves to barbeque, his wife, with her Italian-Maltese heritage, is a kitchen goddess. “She loves cooking and I love eating, a combination that works for our relationship,” he says and adds that he loves Bollywood films and Indian food.

Clarke says he also enjoys a glass of wine somewhere like the Barossa Valley in south Australia (Shutterstock)

Clarke’s made several trips to India since his Test debut as a 23-year-old in Bengaluru in 2004. He was also part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for two years, playing for the Pune Warriors. The former Australian captain says he now spends almost as much time in India as he does in his home country.

He will likely be back in India next month, commentating for the India-Australia ODI and T20 series, and hopes to bring his family along. “I’m sure my wife will be investigating a few recipes because she knows I love Indian food. And I’d love my daughter to spend time here, experiencing the culture, the food and the people.”

From HT Brunch, September 25, 2017

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First Published: Sep 25, 2017 15:42 IST