The 36-year-old said he was emotional about the scandal, expressing sympathy for Smith and his teammates but also slamming the incident as "blatant cheating". "In my heart, I believe (Smith) has just made a really, really bad mistake. You know, I hope there can be a way around this, that he can continue to captain Australia," Clarke said. "This is not about me at all. This is about Australian cricket and the future of Australian cricket and where these current players and this current structure and leadership sits.
WHAT THE ........ HAVE I JUST WOKEN UP TO. Please tell me this is a bad dream.March 24, 2018
"And my job is to make sure I can help this game come back from this." Clarke added that he was "sitting completely on the fence" amid calls for Smith to step down or be stood down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yChk9LEclw&t=13s "My heart feels for him. If something is to happen to Smith, then the captaincy cannot go to anybody that has been involved in this situation," he said. Video: Youtube
Michael Clarke has his say...pic.twitter.com/EOEXWHUYHs— The Cricket Paper (@TheCricketPaper) March 24, 2018