16 Mar 2010

Nielsen says Clarke issue having no effect on them

2:09 pm on 16 March 2010

The Australian cricket coach Tim Nielsen says vice-captain Michael Clarke's recent personal leave will be discussed at today's team meeting, but claims it's having no major effect on the squad.

Clarke left the team a week ago with three games remaining in the ODI series against New Zealand and rushed home to Sydney to sort out his relationship with model Lara Bingle, who was attempting to deal with a nude-photo scandal.

As one front-page gossip item after another hit the headlines in the next few days, Clarke's management announced on Friday that the celebrity couple's engagement was off.

Clarke returned to Wellington yesterday and was met by a media swarm at the airport.

The vice-captain skipped a team function later in the evening and is expected to train with the Test squad this afternoon at the Basin Reserve ahead of Friday's first Test.

Ricky Ponting's squad will have a team meeting before their training session.

Nielsen says they'll have a chat about it all today but there's no real effect.

He says as professional sports people it is just one of those things they deal with every day.... unfortunetly this is an issue that has been through the media.