Australian cricket coach Darren Lehmann says he’s ‘disappointed’ by some of the reactions to Michael Clarke’s retirement.
Lehmann took to Twitter overnight to rally support for the outgoing skipper after he copped some heavy criticism from cricket fans and in the media ahead of his farewell Test at The Oval next week.
Clarke announced on Saturday that the fifth Ashes Test against England would be his last and his impending exit from the game has generated tributes from around the world for one of the best batsman of the 21st century.
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In recent days, Clarke has received some negative comments in the media, notably from former teammates Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds as well as former coach John Buchanan.
Buchanan has claimed that the fabled Baggy Green culture, which he says was made special by some of Clarke’s predecessors as captain, had “disappeared a bit” under his leadership.
It comes after Hayden claimed on Monday that Clarke “ruffled feathers” and Symonds’s view that he was not a “natural leader” in the mould of former Test captains.
Lehmann took to Twitter on Monday to express his disappointment at the negative comments and call for the public to celebrate Clarke’s decorated career.
Disappointed in some stories regarding Pup. Let’s celebrate and recognise him for the great player he is and let him enjoy his last Test.
— Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) August 10, 2015