Former Australian captain Michael Clark spoke about the “strange connection” he once shared with Andrew Simmonds after the death of his old teammate.
Reflections on shared adventures have become too commonplace for such as Clark and other former Australian players recently, and the deaths of Simonds on the backs of Shane Warne, Rod Marsh and even Phil Hughes have left much of the fraternity cricket devastated.
Clark said this in one word on social media when information about the Simmonds car crash in Queensland first appeared.
And on Tuesday morning, Clark found that trying to cope with another loss was one of the reasons he didn’t show up on his radio show on Monday before offering an emotional outburst to tell how significant his relationship with Simmonds was.
“I don’t know what’s going on in cricket right now, it’s just devastating. It’s been a horrible few months, ”Clark said.
“It’s a time when you miss your family, your friends and cherish every day, I suppose.”
Clark and Symonds played together in test matches, one-day cricket and the T20, including Australia’s victory at the 2007 World Cup. They traveled the world, Simmonds looking for an experience, and Clark traveled together.
And while the couple is known to have retired, one could not hide the former skipper’s commitment to a teammate who “made me feel comfortable” in the most awkward situations.
This included a two-week trip to Winnebago when the couple was traveling from Sydney to Brisbane and then further north into the Simmonds element.
“We were so opposite in many ways. The joke in our team was a full city boy, I, a full village boy, but we built an amazing connection, ”Clark told Big Sports Breakfast.
“We were doing what I thought I would never experience and I was uncomfortable, but with it he made me feel comfortable.
“Talk about getting out of your comfort zone. We caught bars on these shores where there were crocodiles everywhere, and again, I would never have done it myself, but with it it just made you feel so comfortable. ”
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“We just had a very good connection, some of the things we both liked in batting – you know we run between the goalposts or even how competitive we are in training to try to improve our field. It got the best out of me, ”Clark said.
“I was very lucky to spend so much time with him on and off the field, playing with him.
“Probably the most athletic cricketer I’ve played with is an absolute freak athlete.”
Having lost so many former teammates and friends recently, Clark said there have been “days, there are moments that are extremely sad,” reflecting on his relationship with them.
But he said the overwhelming feeling was to focus on good times, cherishing fond memories that will live on forever.
“I think it’s the key to remembering all those good times and celebrating them,” he added.
“It’s hard to believe. Of all things, an accident – and a car accident – is just so hard to understand.
“If you are going through some of these feelings, you need to keep remembering the good times.”