Australian coach Darren Lehmann says that he is 'disappointed by some of the negative reaction surrounding Michael Clarke after the 34-year-old announced his retirement on Saturday.

Clarke's attitude and leadership has been heavily criticised by several ex players including Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds.

Lehmann tweeted his disappointment last night at the negative press surrounding Clarke.

However, former teammates Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne praised the divisive skipper.

"He's up there. When he was on song with those double hundreds and that 300 in Sydney, that was as good as it gets," McGrath told

"He's always been highly regarded and he will be held that way."

Warner said that Clarke should be remembered for his brilliant career on the field.

"I think we have to think back to all the wonderful things Michael has done," Warne told

"It hasn’t worked out this series but just think back to the last two years; beating South Africa, 5-0 (against England) in Australia, winning the World Cup.

"And a lot of the players, the Steve Smiths, the Mitchell Johnson, the David Warners and company who we’ve all loved watching have all come under Michael’s leadership."