England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson has revealed that he attacked Michael Clarke with a pad in 2006 after being egged on by Damien Martyn.
Anderson says that the altercation with Australia’s current captain occurred after the Ashes Test in Adelaide in his new book, Jimmy: My Story.
He claims that he was chatting to former Australian batsman Martyn when he became annoyed by an "arrogant" Clarke.
"I said as much to Damien Martyn, who I was chatting to at the time, and, looking down at my feet, added, 'See this pad here, I really want to wrap it around his head'. "
Anderson writes that a straight-faced Martyn replied, "Do it".
"As I'd had a couple of beers, I didn't need a second invitation, so I picked this pad up and cuffed Clarke with it, making the biggest thud imaginable in the process, and causing everyone in the room to stop nattering," he writes.
"'What the f--- ya doing?' he snarled."
Anderson writes that Clarke carried "on in a most arrogant manner" throughout the series compared with the rest of the Australians, who Anderson claims showed humility throughout their historic 5-0 series whitewash.
Anderson also revealed that Martyn was also involved in an altercation with Australian opener Matthew Hayden later in the night.
Martyn suddenly announced his retirement two days after the incidents.
It is not the first report of incidents between Clarke and his teammates boiling over.
An altercation where Simon Katich grabbed Clarke’s throat following a Test win in 2009 was widely reported at the time.