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Nothing has been quite right since Hughesy: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke speaks to the press during a media event at the Kowloon cricket club in Hong Kong on May 27, 2016. (Photo by ISAAC LAWRENCE/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Australia skipper Michael Clarke has been doing quite a massive amount of promotional work for his recent autobiography. However, something has not been going right as far as Michael Clarke is concerned. Since the death of Phil Hughes in the fall of 2014, Michael Clarke has been quite inconsolable given the massive relationship he had with Phil Hughes.

In his book – ‘My Story’, Michael Clarke mentioned that he achieved a lot in his cricketing career, but there was always something missing and something he could not put his finger on.

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“Nothing has been quite right since Hughesy,” he wrote. “I can see that now. I’ve gone through good moments at times, even such career highs as winning the World Cup and winning a Test match at Lord’s. But throughout it all, there was something not quite right with me, and I couldn’t put my finger on it.

The four-Test series against India was thrown into turmoil following the death of Phil Hughes. “Maybe it was too obvious. Or too frightening to face. I never grieved,” he added.

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“One minute I was at war with Cricket Australia, with the selectors and the high-performance manager, and the next minute the world came to an end,” he wrote. “But then Hughesy’s funeral was behind us, CA was anxious to get the Test series with India going, and the world started spinning again.

Clarke also went on to illustrate the opening Test against India at the Adelaide Oval, a match he was pressurized to play. “Unanimously, we want to play the Adelaide Test match as a tribute to Hughesy and for his family, but the timing has to be right,” he wrote. “Eventually an agreement is struck to begin the match on 9 December, six days after the funeral. In retrospect, most of us would agree that it is still too soon.”

“Throughout all that, I never gave myself time to grieve for my mate,” he wrote. “I’m thinking about Hughesy 24×7, but my mind hasn’t been able to stop and take it all in. I’m still half-expecting a text from him. His number is on my phone. He’s still there, in a corner of my mind.

“I have Hughesy constantly in my mind,” he added.

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