Cricket - Ponting buries hatchet with Clarke

Ricky Ponting insists he has settled any tension that may have arisen over comments in his autobiography towards his successor as Australia captain Michael Clarke.

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Ricky Ponting (left) is looking to defuse tension between himself and successor Michael Clarke.

Clarke came in for some criticism from Ponting, who questioned the 32-year-old's role as vice-captain when he skippered the side as well as his former relationship with model Lara Bingle, in his recently released book 'At the Close of Play'.

When questioned on Tuesday, Clarke attempted to play down the issue but hinted the Tasmanian would have to make the first move to settle their differences.

Ponting has claimed he has done just that via text message and the hatchet is now buried.

"There was nothing he said to me that would have indicated otherwise," Ponting said in quotes on the Sydney Morning Herald website.

"He got straight back to me.

"We want to both try and move on from where we're at. He's got a lot of cricket to play, he's got other things on his mind.

"The last thing he wants to be thinking and talking about is something like this. As I spelt out to him in my message I want to make sure he has got a clear mind and can go out and play well and more importantly lead the team well through the Ashes series.

"Hopefully we can put it to bed today."

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