Clarke thanks Warne for support following Bingle break-up

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Wellington, Mar.17 (ANI): Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has thanked former team mate Shane Warne for his support during his break-up from Sydney model Lara Bingle.

"I have spoken to Warney, I've spoken to all my friends and family. He's been a wonderful friend of mine for a long time. He's excited to see me back in New Zealand and he has wished me all the best for the first Test match," the Sydney Morning Herald quoted Clarke, as saying.

"It's been a very interesting couple of weeks but it's great to be back here in New Zealand with my team mates," Clarke added.

Clarke has endured a media frenzy since March 8 when he quit Australia's one-day series in New Zealand with three matches remaining.

He rushed home to Sydney to sort out his relationship with his bikini-model fiancee Lara Bingle, who was attempting to deal with a nude-photo scandal.

Clarke announced on Friday the celebrity couple's engagement was off.

The Australian vice-captain returned to Wellington on Monday and trained with the team at the Basin Reserve on Tuesday.

Clarke said today he expected to be sledged by Kiwi players during this week's first Test and he was confident he was in a good frame of mind for the battle. (ANI)

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