Former cricket star Andrew Symonds has opened up on his rift with former good friend and teammate Michael Clarke to disclose jealousy and cash drove the pair aside.
The pair each made their Take a look at debuts for Australia in 2004 and have become shut as they spent years enjoying collectively for the nationwide facet within the quick and lengthy types of the sport, however that each one got here to an finish and a rift developed between them.
Symonds believes Clarke grew to become envious when he signed an enormous $1.8million contract with the Deccan Chargers within the Indian Premier League in 2008.
‘Matthew Hayden mentioned to me — when the IPL began, I acquired a fairly penny to go and play within the IPL — he recognized it as there was a little bit of jealousy that doubtlessly got here into the connection there,’ he instructed the Brett Lee Podcast.
Clarke and Symonds had been nonetheless mates once they posed with the World Cup trophy after Australia’s win in 2007. A 12 months later, they’d fallen out – with Symonds now revealing he believes cash and jealousy helped gas their rift
Symonds – seen right here celebrating with Clarke throughout a one-dayer – took the previous Aussie Take a look at captain fishing and pig searching in northern Australia earlier than their mateship disintegrated
‘Cash does humorous issues. It’s a superb factor however it may be a poison and I reckon it could have poisoned our relationship.
‘I’ve acquired sufficient respect for him to in all probability not go into element about what was mentioned.
‘My friendship with him is now not and I’m snug with that, however I’m not gonna sit right here and begin slinging mud.’
It was a case of opposites entice when Clarke and Symonds had been making their mark in Australia’s Take a look at and one-day groups.
Symonds was a rustic boy who cherished pig searching and occurring fishing journeys out within the bush, whereas Clarke was a stylish Sydneysider recognized for relationship mannequin Lara Bingle, being seen at massive social occasions and driving supercars.
It was a case of opposites entice when the pair (pictured earlier than the 2005 Boxing Day Take a look at) first performed collectively. Symonds was a laidback nation boy who hated pretense, Clarke was the stylish Sydneysider recognized for his relationship with high-profile mannequin Lara Bingle
In 2015 Clarke slammed Symonds for being too drunk to play a match (pictured at Shane Warne’s memorial service on March 30)
They bonded over their shared love of rugby league and had been usually seen laughing on the sector. Symonds additionally took Clarke proper out of his component when he took him as much as Australia’s wild north to go fishing and pig searching.
Their mateship got here to an finish in 2008, when Symonds was despatched dwelling from a Take a look at match in Darwin when he selected fishing over a obligatory group assembly. He felt Clarke – who was Take a look at captain by then – had betrayed him.
To make issues worse, he’d already had a foul run-in with Clarke throughout a tour of the West Indies.
‘I threw a drink on him. He didn’t inform me to go to mattress, he mentioned one thing else however I threw a drink on him and what he mentioned to me put me right into a rage,’ Symonds mentioned.
‘Our friendship was destroyed in that second.
Symonds mentioned his friendship with Clarke ‘was destroyed’ when he threw a drink over him throughout a tour of the West Indies as a result of his former good friend branded him egocentric
When Clarke referred to as him a egocentric participant and egocentric particular person, that was the ultimate straw for Symonds, who threw a drink over his skipper (pictured at Warne’s memorial service)
‘He’d mentioned to me, not in these phrases, however he’d steered I used to be a egocentric participant and a egocentric particular person. The one factor I don’t contemplate myself to be is that and that basically aggravated me.’
The pair traded barbs after they had been each completed with their on-field careers.
When Every day Mail Australia columunist Mike Colman requested Symonds how he felt the Channel 9 cricket protection would go for the 2016 season he replied, ‘Properly they’ve simply employed Michael Clarke and Kevin Pietersen – the 2 most unpopular folks in world cricket – so not too good I’d say.’
In 2015 Symonds had a crack at his former good friend over his autobiography, resulting in Clarke slamming him for turning up drunk earlier than a one-dayer in 2005.
‘Andrew Symonds went on TV to criticise my management. I’m sorry, however he isn’t an individual to guage anybody on management,’ Clarke wrote.
‘This can be a man who turned up drunk to play for his nation. It’s fairly wealthy for him to be throwing rocks.’