Michael Clarke to Aleem Dar: Don't touch me

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Published: Monday, August 26, 2013, 15:34 [IST]
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Clarke to Aleem Dar: Don't touch me

London, Aug 26: Australia captain Michael Clarke and the on-field umpires were involved in a heated exchange during the fifth and final Ashes Test that ended in a draw on Sunday (August 25).

The game was ended by the umpires Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Kumar Dharmasena (Sri Lanka) due to bad light. England were 21 runs away from winning the Test at The Oval. Four overs were remaining when play was called off for poor light.

After a sporting declaration by Clarke, England required 227 from 44 overs. They finished the game on 206/5 in 40 overs. England took the series 3-0.

Clarke, speaking at the post-match presentation ceremony, revealed that he asked Dar to not touch him during the heated exchange over light conditions. Clarke was booed by the crowd at the post-match ceremony.

"I can't remember what I said. I remember Aleem touching me and I asked him politely to not touch me because if I touched him I'd be suspended for three matches. That's all I can remember," said Clarke.

"Once they took the reading, I knew it was going to be darker than what it was in Manchester.

"I was batting at the time in Manchester."

The Australian skipper said, in Manchester, the light reading (lux) was 8.1 and on Sunday it was 5.7 with the floodlights on.

The right-hander did not go into the details later in the press conference.

"I'm not going to get into the numbers. I think I did up there (on stage). I will probably get in trouble for it so I won't go into the number," Clarke said.

"I just asked (the umpires) the question why we haven't got the meter out here and it took a few overs to get it out," he added.

"When you can see your own shadows (from the artificial lights), just going on what's happened in the past throughout this series, you know it's getting to around that time when umpires have consistently taken us off the field."


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