Harris infuriated by team discord ‘lies’


Former Australia fast bowler Ryan Harris has reacted with anger to reports of a divided Australia dressing room, and to criticism of skipper Michael Clarke, who is set to retire after the fifth Ashes Test.

Former Australia coach John Buchanan has said that Clarke didn't value the Baggy Green culture, but Harris says you can't speak about someone as a 21-year-old when they're nearing their mid-30s, because people change. The Clarke Buchanan remembers is not the Clarke Harris knows.

The former paceman, who retired ahead of the Ashes, said it made him 'pretty angry' that there were reports in the media of a team divided, saying that it was far from the truth and that the whole team was supportive of the skipper.

Harris said on SEN's The Run Home: "One that has angered me be a bit is John Buchanan – the way he came out and slammed him (Clarke).

"What John's got to probably realise is that when he had Michael Clarke he was 21, 22, 23 years old.

"We've all been there – we all know how we act at times when we're younger. He's a guy that came into a team full of absolute legends, and they took him under their wing. He would've felt pretty good, pretty special.

"You're allowed to mature over life – that's what I've done, and that's what Michael Clarke has done.

"To hear John Buchanan come out and say that, an ex-coach, was very, very disappointing…to bash a guy after he's retired.

"It's just ridiculous – his life was the Baggy Green."

He added: "I played under Ricky Ponting and Michael Clarke – two of the best captains I've played under, along with Darren Lehmann when I played with him.

"(Clarke) did a great job. There were times in the last few years when everyone thought Michael Clarke was gone – he was copping it on and off the field, and he'd stand up and put performances together that were just unbelievable.

"Us as a team, seeing our leader do that, it spurred the guys on.

"There's not a meltdown in the Australian team, I can tell you that. That's a lie as well. All these things I've been reading make me pretty angry."