Clarke brought to tears by Ponting's retirement

Yahoo!7 November 29, 2012, 2:59 pm

Australian captain Michael Clarke has choked up when asked about Ricky Ponting's retirement from Test cricket.

Just minutes after Ponting confirmed the third Test against South Africa would be his last, Clarke faced the media to announce Australia's final 12-man squad for the match.

In paying tribute to his former skipper, an emotional Clarke choked up and after a long pause said "That'll do me for today, sorry".

"I didn't have a feeling it was coming," Clarke said before his emotions got the better of him.

"Ricky spoke to me after Adelaide and obviously made his decision over the last few days.

"The boys (team) are obviously hurting right now. He's been an amazing player for a long time.

"It's tough on the boys, but this makes this game even more special."

Later, Clarke told ABC Grandstand: "He's an amazing player. He was an amazing captain, is a great friend and it's going to be tough to go into a Test match without him being there.

"What a player he's been. He's been a great ambassador for the sport - not just for Australia but around the world.

"I'd love nothing more than to win this Test match, get back to being number one and for Ricky to get a big hundred. What a way for him to go out."

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  1. Hach01:22am Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    underarm_bowler = Jones. Same bloody damn #$%$ G O T , just by checking out his IP server locator as well. They both also copy & paste their own drivel. Go get a life u bloody idiot!!

  2. Hach01:22am Friday 30th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    underarm_bowler = Jones. Same bloody damn #$%$ G O T , just by checking out his IP server locator as well. They both also copy & paste their own drivel. Go get a life u bloody idiot!!

  3. Jeff11:33pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Onya Clarkey - you are a man for shedding some tears - losers don't know how, they are just thick - meanwhile, please don't select Mitch for the Test - he's proved time and time again he is not up to the big stage.

  4. Glib08:05pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    "the first time the state has passed 45 degrees in November since 1905". Great to know the climate has not changed in the last 107 years.

  5. underarm_bowler07:30pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    LOLOL The poms are wankers in life and sport. They nearly lost the war to the Germans but thanks to the Aussies and the Yanks prevailed. They have had to rely on the though bronzed Aussies to bale them out of losing all wars and rely on us to show you how to play sports and be champions.They can only win on their own dirty soil and as history has shown they are reduced to a pathetic squandering country outside of their own confines. The only war they could win is the Falklands and even then it was close. Great Brittan are useless at sport and have shown that even they invented the game cricket have been smashed by every country from pillar to post. It took them a quarter of a decade to beat Australia in Australia. It takes four countries, England Scotland Wales and Ireland to which they can draw sports people from and even then they fail. Great Brittan, what’s great about it, has been kicked out of every country it invaded. They sent the convicts to Australia and now they are kicking down the doors to immigrate there. Their queen (not ours) is a taxrapist who rips of her own people so she can live a life of luxury. England, or as it’s known, little Pakistan, is now ruled by Muslims. We all sit back and laugh at you as you sing rule Britannia as you rule no one now. We laugh even more how you “keep a stiff upper lip” and drink your cups of tea and have cucumber sandwiches with your little pinky extended. We continue to laugh how you still don’t know how to shower, hence the name smelly pom. Your country is no longer a financial leader as you still haven’t recovered from the pounding the Germans gave you. Not only are you wankers in sport but you are wankers in life or as you pommy bustards say “tossers”. No wonder your country is run by a queen. We shall always be your masters in life and you will always be humble to us. Your miserable country with your miserable weather has produced many a lilly white pom. No wonder Australia has had to control the large influx of lilly white poms running away from not great Brittan. Even America kicked your backsides in a war. From rule the world you can’t even rule your own streets. And when you do get to Australia we all laugh how you welt like rotten fruit under our summer. Still Australia needs poms as we need someone to the menial and shite jobs. Even your beer is krap as its always hot. And you women much prefer the superiority of the Aussie male against the lily white pommy male. Even your cricket team is full of imports and soon the real Englishman will be a head wobbler and wear a turban.

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  6. Kim07:19pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Michael Clarke you are a disgrace sooking over a guy leaving the game,no wonder Lara gave you the flick.

  7. Steven03:42pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Pup..remember the man and you try and achieve what he has done.Does this mean NO TASMANIA player in the team.just NSW/Queensland dominate

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  8. RustyDog03:07pm Thursday 29th November 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Clarke, You are a girl, Ponting you were the man.