Australian cricketing legend Michael Clarke has revealed that he only went to the prestigious Allan Border Medal because it was ‘mandatory’ for players to attend.
The 41-year-old won the medal a record four times, but it seems he never enjoyed being on one of the sport’s biggest nights, mainly because he “couldn’t relax and drink.”
A former skipper and veteran of 115 Tests and 245 ODI matches, Clarke has often turned heads on and off the pitch.
‘Pup’ has graced the red carpet at the Allan Border Medal with a glamorous date — from Erina Lea-Connelly to Lara Bingle to ex-wife Kyly — on his arm since 2005, so it comes as a surprise to hear him take harsh criticism on the medal he won four times.
Michael Clarke has graced the red carpet at the Allan Border Medal for many years, but now says he went alone because his contract said he had to
Clarke and prominent journalist Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield got into a bit of a war of words over his comments on Monday, after the pair discussed the situation NRL club the St George Illawarra Dragons found themselves in at the end of the season when just three of their team came to the presentation evening at the end of the season.
Rothfield said such an ill-attended awards ceremony was a poor reflection of both the club and the players not going.
“Three of the 30 St George Illawarra players showed up for their presentation night… there were loads of players who were still in Sydney and chose to boycott the awards… I think it was a horrible decision that the players names,” he said on their Big Sports Breakfast show on Sky Sports Radio.
Prominent sportswriter Phil Rothfield (pictured) was stunned when Clarke said he only went to the Allan Border Medal because he had to
Clarke agreed it was ‘not a good place for a club to be’, before dropping a bombshell about Australian cricket’s biggest awards ceremony.
“It’s not a pleasant night,” he said.
“I’m thinking of (the) Allan Border Medal, right. The Allan Border Medal was mandatory, which is why I went. If I had been given the option, even if I had won the Allan Border Medal, I wouldn’t have gone.
“You have media all the time, so you can’t relax and drink because there’s a photo or a video and someone is angry or the weather is bad, and then you have to read about that the next day,” said Clarke, who won the medal in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013.
It’s an interesting reason not to attend a glamorous awards ceremony – with free food and drink – to recognize the cricket season and thank sponsors and fans, given the number of people who have enjoyed awards ceremonies without being ‘pi**ed’ or to be impressed. weather’.
The footy world both praised and laughed with Brisbane Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich as he downed a ‘shoey’ of champagne after Emily Bates won the game’s best and fairest award earlier this year.
Clarke was then persuaded to reveal more about why he hated cricket’s night of nights so much.
Lions coach Craig Starcevich set the football world on fire after drinking a champagne ‘shoey’ at the AFLW Awards earlier this year. Fans and pundits praised the mentor’s love for his players and down-to-earth nature
Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw is enjoying a quiet glass of white wine at the Brownlow Medal this year
Michael Clarke raises a glass of Crown Lager to the audience after winning the Allan Border Medal in 2012
The former skipper dropped his ex-teammates in when he said: “We went because it was mandatory. We were not given an option. It’s in our contract, we had to go.’
Rothfield expressed his ‘surprise’ that Clarke would belittle the legacy of one of Australian cricket’s greatest cult heroes, Allan Border.
But Clarke insisted his criticism of Medal night was not an insult to Border.
“It has nothing to do with Allan Border, don’t go there Buzz. Allan Border is a legend, he’s the godfather. I like AB. Don’t make it personal… I don’t have to go to Crown Casino (where the medal is kept) to see it,” he said.
“Don’t make it personal, it has nothing to do with the medal being named after AB.”
The pair agreed to disagree, before fellow presenter, league legend Laurie Daley, said he absolutely ‘loved going to presentation nights’, in stark contrast to Clarke.
Michael Clarke reaches the Allan Border Medal carpet with now ex-partners, superstar model Lara Bingle (right) and Kyly Boldy (left), also a model
Michael Clarke enjoyed an incredible career for Australia, including leading the country to a 50 over World Cup victory on home soil in 2015
Clarke’s comments run counter to what he said after winning the medal in 2012, when he explained why the night was so special to him.
“It’s really nice on nights like tonight when individual players are rewarded…for me personally, I’ve put in a lot of work over the last few years…so I’m very honored to have won the Allan Border Medal this year,” said Clarke at the time in an interview with cricket.com.au.
“You see all the partners of the players get along so well, (and) it’s great to see the guys injured, you get to have a beer with those guys!”