Nation Glad It Doesn't Have To Side With Michael Clarke In Cricket Dispute

The ongoing pay dispute between Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers' Association has revealed a silver lining: the public has realised it doesn't have to invest emotional effort toward Michael "Pup" Clarke.

Last summer Clarke joined the Channel 9 TV commentary team and was widely panned on social media. The occasions where Clarke was joined by fellow bogan Shane Warne in the box were particularly horrendous.

"God awful," was a common refrain.

But on the weekend just past, Cricket Australia CEO James Sutherland, who must have been fighting with the missus or something, sent an angry, threatening email to the ACA, saying players would not be paid past the June 30 expiration date of the current agreement.

Australian cricketers basically laughed in Sutherland's face via social media, saying the summer would be weird if they took strike action.

But everyone has come to the great realisation that should the players take industrial action then they'll be supporting the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Peter Handscomb and Elise Perry, and not that wanker from Western Sydney.

"Pup was a good player," said cricket fanatic Kelvin Yates. "But nobody, and I mean nobody wants to hear him talk."

"I don't know how his wife would put up with it," said Patty Edwardes, another fan. "He's more nasal than a kazoo."