Shane Warne has blasted former teammate Ricky Ponting for criticizing current Australia skipper Michael Clarke, in his autobiography. The legendary spinner said Ponting's views that he never considered Clarke as an able leader, may have been a result of professional 'jealousy'.
Ponting recently revealed in his autobiography - At The Close of Play - that he always found vice-captain Clarke taking a back seat to proceedings and not executing all his responsibilities.
Warne - believed to be a close friend of Clarke - however has suggested that Ponting's observation in his book may have stemmed from the fact that Clarke had begun outperforming him. "To bring up the stuff about Pup (Clarke) - maybe there was a bit of jealousy, because Pup was batting so well and Ricky was not making any runs," Warne was quoted as saying by reports in the Australian press. (Also read: Ponting offended as Mark Taylor walks into Clarke feud)