The Tonk: Clarke won't be heard or seen, at least in Australia
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The Tonk: Clarke won't be heard or seen, at least in Australia

Michael Clarke was one of the most polarising figures to have worn the baggy green in recent times and as the renewed discussion this week about Australia's team culture has shown he can create a headline.

Which makes it all the more puzzling why in the expanded cricket media landscape one of Australia's most decorated players, a former captain regarded as being one of the more astute tacticians and only three years out of the game, cannot land a gig in Australia.

Off air: Michael Clarke can still create a headline but his only media gig this summer is in India.

Off air: Michael Clarke can still create a headline but his only media gig this summer is in India.Credit:AAP

Clarke has been hired as a pundit for Sony in India but will not be seen or heard on Australian networks during the four-Test series.

There have been numerous theories as to why Clarke was not signed by Seven, Fox, the ABC, Macquarie or SEN. Among the more popular have been a belief he grates with punters and that former players who would now be his colleague again do not want to work with him.

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Fox Sports' head of live sport Steve Crawley has heard the rumours but says the network did not hire Clarke as it was conscious of forging its own identity. The pay TV station has hired Shane Warne as its headline act while another former Nine commentator, Ian Healy, has also joined.

"I haven't experienced what those whispers suggest," Crawley, who worked with Clarke at Nine, told The Tonk.

"That had nothing to do with the fact we didn't go shopping there. It was purely we didn't want to become the new Channel Nine, we wanted to be the first Fox cricket."

Clarke's price tag may also be too high for the networks, who between them splashed $1.182 billion on the new rights. It's believed his last contract at Nine was worth $200,000 a year, which The Tonk hears is well above what Seven and Fox can afford after taking care of their leading stars.

It would not be a surprise if he stood to make more in India given he can also appear on the corporate circuit there.

Clarke might not be the flavour of the month with outlets at home but he's very much wanted in India.

We didn't want to become the new Channel Nine, we wanted to be the first Fox cricket.

Fox Sports' Steve Crawley

The former captain will be offering his views on the fight for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy from a studio in Mumbai.

Star Sports and Sony are believed to be keen to use him for India's marquee series against England and South Africa which means there should be no shortage of work for him.

The Tonk understands Seven is keen to have Bruce McAvaney interview Clarke during the Melbourne or Sydney Test though it might not be possible given his commitments in India.

The two of us

The ''bromance'' between former openers Justin Langer and Matty Hayden is still clear to see.

'Haydos' and 'Alfie' were inducted as Bradman honourees at the SCG on Wednesday night and exchanged plenty of barbs on stage.

Hayden recalled the picture that hung high in Langer's pool room back home in Perth.

"It's a picture of him on 55 and me on one,'' Hayden said.

Langer later praised Sir Donald Bradman, to whom he wrote a letter to way back in 1995.

"And the most amazing thing about it is two days later I received a typed letter back, and the first line of the letter was, 'I'm humbled you believe an octogenarian like myself can help you heal cricket','' Langer said.

"There lies the humility, something we need to bring back into the Australian cricket team.''

Two pieces of advice Langer will never forget from The Don was ''always trust your instincts and never become a slave to coaching''.

Red tape

Australia's victorious World T20 team felt the love from the fans at Thursday's public reception in Melbourne, but not so much from the officialdom at Federation Square.

The Tonk has been told Cricket Australia had wanted for Meg Lanning's side to be showered with confetti but were denied by red tape.

Celebrations: Australia's women were acknowledged for their world T20 success in Melbourne on Thursday.

Celebrations: Australia's women were acknowledged for their world T20 success in Melbourne on Thursday.Credit:AAP

It turns out a permit must be organised seven days out which made it difficult for CA given the final was played on Sunday (Australian time).

The event otherwise went without a hitch with hundreds of fans showing their appreciation, so too dignitaries such as Prime Minister Scott Morrison, ALP leader Bill Shorten and Governor-General Peter Cosgrove, who recorded congratulatory messages.

"The three-peat we came home anonymous and celebrated together as a group," star wicketkeeper-batter Alyssa Healy said.

"We feel the love on social media and we feel the love when we're away. To see the shift has been really cool and hopefully it keeps growing."

One-all

The trophy cabinet at the Healy-Starc residence is getting larger as well. Alyssa Healy has now matched her husband Mitchell Starc's feats at the 2015 World Cup.

"He thought he was going to be the only one to win a player of the tournament in the household," Healy quipped. "I didn't let him have it for too long.

"The trophy cabinet is ever growing, that's something we can be really proud of. Once we finish our careers, [we can] sit back and stare at it with a glass of wine and be proud of what we've achieved."

Andrew Wu writes on cricket and AFL for The Sydney Morning Herald

Christian covers rugby league for The Sydney Morning Herald.

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