Looks like reporters caught Australia captain Michael Clarke in a not-so-happy mood.
In his pre-match press conference before Australia’s World Cup clash against Sri Lanka at the Sydney Cricket Ground, Clarke showed a non-cooperative side to the reporters.
This after having kept them waiting for an hour while he batted in the nets.
He answered mostly non-committal responses to the reporters’ questions, that asked if he got a team, or how Mitch Marsh was doing, and whether Shane Watson was set for a recall.
His non-cooperation was rather uncharacteristic of Clarke as it was only four months ago when he illustrated an incredibly moving tribute to Phillip Hughes in the very same news conference room.
Of course, the reporters should expect to catch these athletes in bad mood every once in a while.
Clarke’s mood, on the other hand, was probably caused by one reporter’s question â€“ when he was asked how he was feeling physically.
Well, it’s no secret that the Australian captain has recurring hamstring problems. And having heard that question over and over the last few months may be the reason why his temper was shot.
But may not.
It may have something to do with his injury-delayed start to the World Cup and having faced just 18 balls at the tournament, after Australia’s match against Bangladesh and the victory over Afghanistan.
Maybe the fact that he hasn’t had the chance to go out doing what he does best, being a fierce competitor and all, is the very reason why he hasn’t been accommodating lately.
But surely, he can recover from this.