Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke has reflected “amazing memories” he shared with Andrew Symonds.
The world of cricket is still mourning the sudden death of Symonds at the age of 46. Symonds was killed in a car crash on Sunday.
Clarke said Symonds’ death was a “really difficult” reminder of the dark days of Australian cricket, where icon Shane Warne and Rod Marsh died on the same day in March.
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“Some tough days for Andrew Symonds’ family and friends,” Clark told Sky Sports Radio. Big sports breakfast.
“It simply came to our notice then. [I] I just don’t know what’s going on with cricket at the moment. Just destructive. It’s been a terrible few months.
“These are the times when you hold on to your family and friends and nurture them every day.”
Although Clarke and Symonds dropped out of their careers, the former Australian captain chose to focus on the great friendship they had when they were first teammates – a friendship that stemmed from a wide range of upbringing.
“The funny thing about our team was that I was a boy from the whole city, a boy from the whole country and yet we made an amazing connection,” he said.
“We did something I never thought I would feel and feel comfortable doing but with that, [he] Makes me comfortable. “
Clark talks about the couple’s outdoor adventure, how Symonds forced him out of his “comfort zone” during a road trip from Sydney to Brisbane.
“I remember traveling from Sydney to Winnebago to drive in Brisbane and flying north to Esmeralda,” Clark added.
“We had two weeks. My job as a town boy was to organize city tours, starting in Sydney and stopping where we were going to Brisিসe and then he organized the back half from Brisbane to Esmeralda.
“Speaking outside of your comfort zone, we were fishing for a bar on this shore where crocodiles were everywhere and again and again, I would never do it on my own but with that she made you feel very comfortable. Some amazing memories.”
Clarke described Symonds as the best athlete to play because of his “speed” and “strength” and ability to shout on the field.
Clark added, “We had a really good connection.”
“There are some things about batting that we both enjoyed [were] Running between the wickets or even fielding brought us the best out of me, trying to improve our fielding.
“I am very fortunate to have spent so much time with him on and off the field, playing with him, perhaps the most athletic cricketer I have ever played with.
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“Lots of amazing memories and again, I said about Warney not too long ago, even at a time like this (Phil) Hughes, you still think about them every day but I think that’s the key – it’s a good time to remember them and Celebrate.
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The Clarke-Symonds relationship broke down year after year when they became close together in their first years on the Australian team.
Clarke, who was Australia’s stand-in captain during the one-day series against Bangladesh in Darwin in 2008, was part of a disciplinary meeting that decided to send Symonds home to miss a team meeting.
A few months before Symonds’ death, he revealed how he had been sent “in a rage” and threw a drink at Clarke after calling him selfish during a tour of the West Indies.
“I threw a drink at him. He didn’t tell me to go to bed. He said something else but I threw a drink at him and I was angry with what he told me,” Symonds told Fox Sports. Cricket legend.
“What he told me was not true and the immediate point where he lost me and I lost him.
“It simply came to our notice then.
“He told me, not in words, but he suggested that I was a selfish player and a selfish person. The thing I didn’t think of myself was and it really bothered me.”
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