CLARKE: WAT­SON PART OF ‘TU­MOUR’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPORTS -

FOR­MER AUS­TRALIA cap­tain Michael Clarke has re­vis­ited old feuds, de­scrib­ing Shane Wat­son as part of a group that was “like a tu­mour” on the team. In a tele­vi­sion in­ter­view with Chan­nel Nine’s 60 Min­utes pro­gramme to co­in­cide with the re­lease of his au­to­bi­og­ra­phy, Clarke spoke of his stormy re­la­tion­ships. He de­nied la­belling all-rounder Wat­son a “can­cer” on the team, a claim made by Mickey Arthur in doc­u­ments con­nected to the for­mer coach’s le­gal ac­tion against Cricket Aus­tralia fol­low­ing the South African’s sack­ing three years ago af­ter a 4-0 de­feat in In­dia. Wat­son had been one of four play­ers stood down by Arthur and Clarke for the third Test against In­dia in Mo­hali in 2013 in the so­called “home­work” af­fair. “No, I didn’t say that. I said that there is a num­ber of play­ers, or a group in this team at the mo­ment that are like a tu­mour, and if we don’t fix it, it’s go­ing to turn into a can­cer.” Asked if Wat­son was one of them Clarke replied: “Shane was one of those play­ers, yes.”

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