Clarke backs 'beleaguered' Howard following Warne's 'muppet' rants

Last Updated: Sat, Feb 02, 2013 07:40 hrs

Australia captain Michael Clarke has backed team's high-performance manager Pat Howard after legendary leg spinner Shane Warne slammed the ex-rugby international last week, indirectly branding him as a muppet.

Warne took to Twitter to vent over a national setup he believed was being run by muppets and, in a not-so-veiled swipe at former rugby union international Howard, the spin great claimed cricketers, not any other sports' people, should be running the game, reports.

Clarke was diplomatic when asked about Warne's comments, saying the Australian cricketing legend had earned the right to comment.

However, the captain equally voiced his support of Howard, saying he was doing a fantastic job.

Clarke said he personally thinks Howard is doing a fantastic job, adding the selection panel is trying to do everything in their power to help Australia have success, not just now, but in the future as well.

Cricket Australia chief James Sutherland this week also leapt to the defence of Howard, taking offense with the way Warne had aired his concerns and saying he would have preferred the spinner come directly to the national body. (ANI)

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