Sydney: Michael Clarke, who leads Australia against England in the fifth Ashes Test on Monday, says he is comfortable with injured skipper Ricky Ponting's presence at the nets and is happy he can "run things by him."
Ponting, who lives in Sydney, has spent the past two days bowling throw downs in the nets to the Australian batsmen and advising Clarke, who is struggling for runs, and Usman Khawaja, who takes his place in the order at three.
"Oh, no, I'm very comfortable," Clarke was quoted as saying in Daily Telegraph Sunday. "I spoke to Ricky openly when I found out he wasn't going to play this Test match and actually asked how he felt about being around."
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"I think you've already seen at training the last couple of days he's had a chance to help all the guys that have gone to him and asked for help.