Michael Clarke's 'jealousy' over money ended our friendship, says Andrew Symonds

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Andrew Symonds believes money could have been a factor in his fallout with Michael Clarke. The two former Australian cricketers were close friends when both started playing for their country but as Symonds' career came to an end, Clarke's profile exploded and he was eventually named captain. Replacing Ricky Ponting, Clarke won the 2015 World Cup although his leadership style was questioned by several key players including Mitchell Johnson who labelled his time as 'toxic'. Symonds agreed with Johnson's claims and believes Clarke got jealous of him following a huge auction at the lucrative Indian Premier League.

Speaking on The Brett Lee Podcast , Symonds - who was picked up by Deccan Chargers for $1.8 million in the inaugural tournament said: "We became close. When he (Clarke) came into the side I used to bat with him a lot.

"So when he came into the side I really looked after him. That built a bond. "Matthew Hayden said to me - when the IPL started, I got a pretty penny to go and play in the IPL - he identified it as there was a bit of jealousy that potentially came into the relationship (with Clarke) there. "Money does funny things. It's a good thing but it can be a poison and I reckon it may have poisoned our relationship. "I've got enough respect for him to probably not go into detail about what was said. "My friendship with him is no longer and I'm comfortable with that, but I'm not gonna sit here and start slinging mud."

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