Clarke reduces relationship with Bingle to cold, hard stats

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Wellington, Mar.19 (ANI): Australian vice-captain Michael Clarke has reduced the break-up of his relationship with Lara Bingle to cold, hard business.

Former captain Ian Chappell had questioned whether Clarke's return to Australia a fortnight ago had showed the "durability and stability" necessary to be Australian captain.

But in returning to Wellington, Clarke has shown a different side of his personality - the ability to make a decision that counts.

"It was about making a decision at the time and, obviously, I thought I had to go home and do what I had to do, and I did that," Clarke said.

When asked about the scrutiny that has accompanied his break-up, he said: "We have to accept that and, for me, it was important to do what I had to do in my personal life."

"And, it's important to me, like I say now, to be back with my team mates and making sure I'm concentrating on playing a Test match for Australia," he said without sentiment.

He was faultless yesterday in front of the media, which had been warned not to ask questions about his personal life but launched straight into them.

Clarke was chirpy and forthright, like a burden was now gone.

He has come out a winner and has now returned to the routines of touring life, where he is most comfortable.

"Like I say," he said, "preparation has been important to me throughout my career and it's no different now." (ANI)

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