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Ashes Retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke dismisses 'load of s***' report

Retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke rubbished reports of off-field troubles within the Ashes Test squad.

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Retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke dismisses 'load of s***' report

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Retiring Australia captain Michael Clarke rubbished a report of off-field troubles within the Ashes Test squad.

A News Limited report on Monday had suggested problems between the players' partners and said Clarke refused to travel on the team bus and socialise with team-mates.

It was also said the dumping of Brad Haddin for family reasons and mishandling of selection announcements had contributed to off-field problems.

However, Clarke dismissed those reports on Monday.

"I can guarantee you that the feeling in this group is exceptional. There is no disharmony in this group whatsoever," he told Triple M.

"The players are as tight as any team I've been a part of.

"Travelling in different cars, what a load of s***. Wives and girlfriends being on tour is a distraction for us, what a load of s***. That's absolute garbage.

"I'd give back 10 of my Test 100s if it wasn't for my beautiful wife."

Clarke added: "The Hadds thing, that's obviously extremely tough and close to my heart because I've been great mates with Hadds my whole career.

"I think the selectors have made it very clear that that was one of the toughest decisions they've made.

"More importantly for me, the way Brad has handled himself is a credit to any international player that gets dropped."

Clarke announced his retirement on Saturday after Australia gave up the Ashes following a heavy defeat to England at Trent Bridge.

The fifth Test at The Oval starting on August 20 will be his 115th and last.

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