Michael Clarke plays down confrontation with Aleem Dar
Michael Clarke was left to reflect on a tetchy confrontation with umpire Aleem Dar after bad light stopped him becoming the first Australia captain in history to go down 4-0 in England. Chasing 227 for victory, England required 21 from four overs when Dar and Kumar Dharmasena ordered the teams off, denying a baying crowd the finale they craved
Clarke, who had been in near constant discussion with the officials asking about the light situation, exchanged heated views with Dar at times and appeared unhappy with how the exchange unfolded.
“I can’t remember what I said to him but I remember Aleem touching me, and I asked him politely to not touch me because if I touched him I’d be suspended for three matches,” said Clarke.
“I just asked the question why we haven’t got the meter out there and it took a few overs to get it out.
That’s all I can remember, coincidentally. From my point of view I have no issue, I just know a player is not allowed to touch an umpire... but for me personally I have no issue with it.” Clarke suggested the abandonment could have come even earlier if previous light readings had been adhered to. “Once they took the reading,
I knew it was going to be darker than what it was in Manchester (when they came off in the third Test). I knew it was going to be darker than what it was in Manchester.”