'Diplomatic' Clarke says 'mentor' Warne has earned right to comment on Oz cricket

Last Updated: Fri, Feb 01, 2013 06:40 hrs

Michael Clarke has said Shane Warne has earned his right to comment on Australian cricket in a diplomatic attempt after he was trapped between the leg spin legend and his prime target, Pat Howard, who is team's high performance manager.

Perturbed by the state of Australian cricket, a fuming Warne claimed this week that the Cricket Australia (CA) needs an overhaul including getting more cricket people involved rather than players from rugby backgrounds, like Howard.

Warne said his own former Test captain Mark Taylor would make a good general manager of cricket instead of Howard, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

The 43-year-old Warne has also nominated former New Zealand skipper Stephen Fleming as a fine candidate for national coach and says ex-Australia players Damien Martyn, Mark Waugh and Glenn McGrath would make good selectors, the paper added.

Clarke said he's read Warne's thought piece but he won't be asking his ex-teammate to keep a lid on it.

Clarke added he and Warne are great friends and they will always be, adding everyone is entitled to their opinion, and the spin great has certainly earned the right to voice his opinion on Australian cricket.

The captain added he speaks to Warne often about how things he can do personally to improve my game, adding not only has the former Oz leg spinner been a great friend, but he's a mentor to him as well.

Clarke said all the talks about Warne and his suggestions about the Australian cricket don't bother him a bit.

Clarke diplomatically said Warne and Howard both wanted the same thing, for Australia to return to the top of world cricket.

Clarke added that Howard is doing a fantastic job for the Australian team. (ANI)

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