Ponting ends Clarke feud
Ricky Ponting insists he has settled any tension that may have arisen over comments in his autobiography towards his successor as Australia captain Michael Clarke.
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Clarke came in for some criticism from Ponting, who questioned the 32-year-old's role as vice-captain when he skippered the side as well as his former relationship with model Lara Bingle, in his recently released book 'At the Close of Play'.
When questioned on Tuesday, Clarke attempted to play down the issue but hinted the Tasmanian would have to make the first move to settle their differences.
Ponting has claimed he has done just that via text message and the hatchet is now buried.
"There was nothing he said to me that would have indicated otherwise," Ponting said in quotes on the Sydney Morning Herald website.
"He got straight back to me.
"We want to both try and move on from where we're at. He's got a lot of cricket to play, he's got other things on his mind.
"The last thing he wants to be thinking and talking about is something like this. As I spelt out to him in my message I want to make sure he has got a clear mind and can go out and play well and more importantly lead the team well through the Ashes series.
"Hopefully we can put it to bed today."
Meanwhile, Clarke was delighted with his innings of 88 for New South Wales on his comeback from injury, but admitted he felt "rusty".
Clarke, who missed the one-day international tour to India as a result of his chronic back struggles, returned to action in the Blues' Sheffield Shield match against Tasmania.
Despite having not played since Australia's tour to England finished six weeks ago, Clarke came to the fore at the Blacktown Olympic Park Oval in Sydney.
He struck eight fours before falling 12 runs short of his century after flashing at a wide ball from Sam Rainbird to be caught behind.
Nevertheless, his was the top score as New South Wales reached 275 for eight, which will please Australians with the return Ashes series just around the corner.
"It was nice to make a few runs, disappointed with my shot and to get a start and throw it away is disappointing, but it was nice to spend so much time out in the middle," Clarke said.
"I certainly needed it and there was a bit of rust there that's for sure but (it is) nice to contribute."
On whether he was troubled by his back, the 32-year-old added: "Not at all, I felt completely fine.
"I was certainly a little bit rusty and I think my legs will certainly be a little bit heavy tomorrow but it's a nice feeling to spend so much time in the middle."