Michael Clarke admits he NEVER wanted to attend Australian cricket’s star-studded Allan Border Medal

Australian cricket legend Michael Clarke has revealed he only ever went to the prestigious Allan Border Medal because it was “compulsory” for players to take part.

The 41-year-old won the medal a record four times, but it seems he never enjoyed being on one of the sport’s biggest nights, primarily because he ‘couldn’t relax and drink’.

A former skipper and veteran of 115 Tests and 245 ODIs, Clarke has often courted the spotlight on and off the field.

‘Pup’ has graced the red carpet at the Allan Border Medal with a glamorous date – from Erina Lea-Connelly to Lara Bingle to ex-wife Kyly – on his arm since 2005, so it comes as a surprise to hear him criticize harshly. medal he won on four occasions.

Clarke attended the 2015 edition of the medal with his wife Kyly

Michael Clarke has graced the red carpet at the Allan Border Medal for years, but now says he only went because it was in his contract to

Clarke and prominent journalist Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield got into a war of words over his comments on Monday, after the pair discussed the plight of NRL club St George Illawarra Dragons at the end of the season, when only three of their squad turned up for the presentation night for the end of the season.

Rothfield said such a poorly attended awards ceremony reflected poorly on both the club and the players who did not attend.

“Three out of 30 St George Illawarra players turned up for their presentation night … there were many, many players who were still in Sydney and chose to boycott the awards … I think it was a terrible decision the players made,” he said on their Big Sports Breakfast show on Sky Sports Radio.

Prominent sports journalist Phil Rothfield (pictured) was surprised when Clarke said he only went to the Allan Border Medal because he had to

Prominent sports journalist Phil Rothfield (pictured) was surprised when Clarke said he only went to the Allan Border Medal because he had to

Clarke agreed it was not “a good place for any club to be (in)”, before dropping a bombshell about Australian cricket’s biggest awards show.

“They are not pleasant nights,” he said.

“I’m thinking about (the) Allan Border Medal, aren’t I. The Allan Border Medal was compulsory, that’s why I went. If given the opportunity, even to win the Allan Border Medal, I wouldn’t have gone.

“You have the media around you all the time, so you can’t sit back and drink because there’s a picture or a video and someone gets pissed off or under the weather and then you have to read about it the next day,” said Clarke, who won the medal in 2005, 2009, 2012 and 2013.

It’s an interesting reason not to want to attend a glamorous awards ceremony – with free food and drink – to recognize the cricket season and thank sponsors and fans given the amount of people who have enjoyed awards ceremonies without getting pi**ed or under the weather ‘.

The football world both cheered and laughed along with Brisbane Lions AFLW coach Craig Starcevich as he downed a “shoey” champagne after Emily Bates won the game’s best and fairest award earlier this year.

Clarke was then coaxed into revealing more about why he hated cricket’s nights so much.

Lions coach Craig Starcevich set the football world on fire after downing a champagne

Lions coach Craig Starcevich sent the football world ablaze after downing a champagne “shoey” at the AFLW Awards earlier this year. Fans and pundits praised the mentor’s love for the players and down-to-earth nature

Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw calmly enjoys a glass of white wine at this year's Brownlow Medal

Dockers star Andrew Brayshaw calmly enjoys a glass of white wine at this year’s Brownlow Medal

Michael Clarke raises a glass of Crown Lager to the crowd after winning the Allan Border Medal in 2012

Michael Clarke raises a glass of Crown Lager to the crowd after winning the Allan Border Medal in 2012

The former skipper ditched his former team-mates when he said: ‘We left because it was compulsory. We were not given an option. It’s in our contract, we had to go.

Rothfield expressed his “surprise” that Clarke would demean the legacy of one of the greatest cult heroes in Australian cricket, Allan Border.

But Clarke insisted his criticism of the medal night was not an affront to Border.

“It’s nothing to do with Allan Border, don’t go there Buzz. Allan Border is a legend, he is the godfather. I love AB. Don’t make it personal … I don’t have to go to the Crown Casino (where the medal is held) to see him,” he said.

‘Don’t make it personal, it has nothing to do with the medal after AB.’

The pair agreed to disagree, before co-host league legend Laurie Daley said he absolutely “loved going to the presentation nights”, in stark opposition to Clarke.

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Michael Clarke hits the Allan Border Medal carpet with now ex-partners superstar model Lara Bingle (right) and Kyly Boldy (left), also a model

Michael Clarke enjoyed an incredible career for Australia, including leading the country to a 50-over World Cup win on home soil in 2015

Michael Clarke enjoyed an incredible career for Australia, including leading the country to a 50-over World Cup win on home soil in 2015

Clarke’s comments fly in the face of what he said after winning the medal in 2012, when he explained why the night was so special to him.

“It’s really nice on nights like tonight that individual players are rewarded … for me personally I’ve put in a lot of work over the last couple of years … so I feel very honored to have won the Allan Border Medal this year, ” Clarke said in an interview with cricket.com.au at the time.

“You see all the players’ partners getting on so well, (and) it’s great to see the lads who have been injured, you get to have a beer with those lads!”

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