Michael Clarke looks solemn after Pip Edwards was slammed for 'tone deaf' ...

Michael Clarke has been spotted for the first time since his girlfriend Pip Edwards was slammed online for sharing seemingly contradicting messages about Australia Day on Tuesday. 

The retired cricketer, 39, wore a rather sour expression as he stepped out in Sydney on Wednesday after a visit to the gym.

Clutching a protein shaker in one hand and his mobile phone in the other, Michael wore a pensive expression as he pounded the pavement alone. 

Solemn: Michael Clarke, 39, (pictured) looked solemn as he stepped out in Sydney on Wednesday - a day after his girlfriend Pip Edwards, 40, was slammed on social media for 'tone deaf' Australia Day posts

Solemn: Michael Clarke, 39, (pictured) looked solemn as he stepped out in Sydney on Wednesday - a day after his girlfriend Pip Edwards, 40, was slammed on social media for 'tone deaf' Australia Day posts

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The father-of-one dressed for action, wearing a navy T-shirt, black sports shorts and a pair of crisp white sneakers.

He shaded his face from the sun with a black baseball cap, and carried the rest of his belongings in a black leather backpack. 

Michael also showcased a glimpse at his sprawling tattoo collection, including a large 'carpe diem' inking on his left forearm. 

Pensive: Clutching a protein shaker in one hand and his mobile phone in the other, Michael wore a pensive expression as he pounded the pavement alone

Pensive: Clutching a protein shaker in one hand and his mobile phone in the other, Michael wore a pensive expression as he pounded the pavement alone 

Blowing off some steam at the gym? The father-of-one dressed for action, wearing a navy T-shirt, black sports shorts and a pair of crisp white sneakers

Blowing off some steam at the gym? The father-of-one dressed for action, wearing a navy T-shirt, black sports shorts and a pair of crisp white sneakers 

Celebration: Pip's boyfriend, retired Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (centre, in the black T-shirt), was among the guests

Celebration: The sighting comes a day after Michael (centre) and his activewear mogul girlfriend Pip celebrated Australia Day by attending a party where the Aboriginal flag was mistakenly flown upside down 

The sighting comes a day after Michael and his activewear mogul girlfriend Pip, 40, celebrated Australia Day by attending a party where the Aboriginal flag was mistakenly flown upside down. 

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Pip documented the event on Instagram, despite having uploaded an anti-Australia Day message hours earlier. 

Fans were quick to slam the designer for sharing conflicting messages.

Opinion: On Tuesday morning, Pip had shared a letter to a publication (pictured) which argued that Australia Day shouldn't be celebrated on January 26

Opinion: On Tuesday morning, Pip had shared a letter to a publication (pictured) which argued that Australia Day shouldn't be celebrated on January 26

On Tuesday morning, Pip took to Instagram Stories to share a letter that had been printed in a publication which argued that Australia Day should not be celebrated on January 26 - the date when Britain's First Fleet arrived at Sydney Cove.

The post put forward a hypothetical question - if modern Australia were invaded and the locals were then subject to the same mistreatment as Aborigines were in the colonial era 'would we and our descendants want to "celebrate" the anniversary of that day'?

Mixed messages: Hours later, Pip uploaded photos from an Australia Day party she attended, and wrote: 'A day to celebrate the land that we live and thrive on. I love you, Australia'

Mixed messages: Hours later, Pip uploaded

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