Michael Clarke will bury the hatchet with old foe Dale Steyn in Perth, backs Jason Gillespie as a national selector but won't lose sleep over blowback from Australian coach Darren Lehmann.

Clarke and South African spearhead Steyn - who fell out over a searing on-field sledge from the former Australian skipper two years ago in Cape Town - almost crossed paths in Adelaide on Wednesday.

As Clarke's gripping book My Story continues to make waves, the 115-Test legend will next week smoke the peace pipe with Steyn, 33.

Asked by The Advertiser, if he would hold the long awaited 'talk' with 84-Test speedster Steyn, Clarke said: "Yeah, definitely. I look forward to seeing him in Perth."


"I have always had the utmost respect for Dale. We were tough competitors all through our careers. In my book I picked the best 12 I played with or against and Dale was one."

South African team management told The Advertiser Steyn would comment on Clarke's overture once any apology was received in Perth. Clarke will begin a new expert commentary role with Channel 9 from the first Test between Australia and South Africa at the WACA starting November 3.

Steyn copped his worst sledge in Test cricket from Clarke during the final session of a Cape Town Test Australia won to clinch a titanic 2014 series.

"He was such a tough competitor I had to do whatever I could in my mind to combat what he was," explained Clarke, referring to Steyn whose Proteas take on a South Australian XI in a two-day tour match starting Thursday in Adelaide.

Steyn has waited for a "genuine" show of remorse from Clarke who insists he did attempt to speak with the aggrieved 416-wicket great after the decisive clash in Cape Town during March 2014.

Lehmann has rejected claims by Clarke in his book that the popular Australian boss was power hungry in the role succeeding sacked Mickey Arthur which diminished the traditional captain's clout.

Clarke, 35, urged anyone offended by his book whether Lehmann, former Test opener Simon Katich or high performance boss Pat Howard to read thoroughly and retain 'context' before venting.

"There's always two sides to a story. I am not offended with other guys coming out whether it's Boof disagrees with how I saw his role in the team or Pat Howard disagrees with what I thought of his role as a high performance manager," said Clarke.

"I have been on the other side. I remember Ricky Ponting writing his autobiography and picking up the phone and having at shot at him about what he wrote."

Clarke relinquished a difficult, dual role as skipper/selector in 2013 that he had been advised not to assume by predecessors including Steve Waugh and Mark Taylor. However former Test fast bowler and Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie would make a top shelf replacement as national selector when Rod Marsh retires next June said Clarke.

"He was a great guy to have around and would do a fine job. I think Diz has done a great job with Yorkshire and Adelaide Strikers and wish him all the best," said Clarke.

Clarke has detailed issues with baggy green culture and an infamous scrap with Katich but reconciles team 'cliques' didn't affected performance during his reign as skipper.

"There has always been groups that get on better than others. When I took over the captaincy we were ranked No.5 in the world and within two years we were ranked No.1," said Clarke

"We must have been doing something right in that team."