Michael Clarke not comfortable with scrutiny of private life

Last Updated: May 26, 2012, 19:34 PM IST

Sydney: Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke, who kept his wedding a secret even from his parents, has said he will never feel comfortable with the scrutiny of his private life.

Clarke wed Kyly Boldy last week, inviting family and close friends to join them on a holiday at a luxury resort in the NSW Blue Mountains.

"We told nobody, our parents didn`t know. We invited a small group of people to come away on a holiday with us for what they thought was a family holiday with us. And we shocked our family, let alone the world," Clarke told a business conference in Adelaide.

The Australian skipper said he had become more accepting of the scrutiny but will never be comfortable with it.

"I think I find the scrutiny on the field quite easy to deal with ... the stuff that I have probably found hard, and still find hard to accept, is the off the field stuff," the 31-year-old said.

" ... When I was vice-captain I had a lot of media scrutiny anyway, so I was accustomed to the stuff off the field, so nothing has really changed as captain," he said.

Clarke also rated Shane Warne as his biggest cricket influence, saying the retired leg-spinner could still play for Australia.

"Yes, I do believe if he wanted to continue to play - no doubt he`s as fit and as strong as I have ever seen him - so he could certainly still be playing Test cricket," he said.

ANI