Clarke and Katich settle their differences

February 17th, 2009 - 7:47 pm ICT by IANS  

Sydney, Feb 17 (IANS) Michael Clarke and Simon Katich settled their differences at Sydney Airport before flying out for the three-Test series against South Africa.
The pair’s infamous late-night scuffle after the Sydney Test in January had been left to fester, but both are determined to put the incident behind them.

Katich grabbed Clarke in the dressing rooms and the Australian vice-captain fled before the team song was sung.

Ill feelings lingered for some time, but the pair arrived at the airport early and bunkered down in the lounge for a long chat before their teammates arrived, according to media reports here Tuesday.

Both New South Wales batsmen believe the scuffle was over a misunderstanding and want to get on with playing cricket together.

Australia’s 1-2 series loss to South Africa has re-ignited the passion for cricket with record ticket sales for the three-Test series in South Africa.

The Australian side arrived in Johannesburg Monday night, sparking a media frenzy locals said was unprecedented in South Africa.

Ticket sales for the first Test are close to a record for the post-apartheid era and the other games are expected to follow.

If South Africa win the series, they will claim the No. 1 spot on the Test rankings from Australia.

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