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Thursday, 14 March 2013

Shane Watson denies rift with Michael Clarke

SYDNEY: Australian vice-captain Shane Watson has denied any rift with skipper Michael Clarke and strongly rejected suggestions he is not a team player after being axed for one Test for indiscipline.


There have been persistent rumblings that Watson and Clarke do not see eye to eye, but the all-rounder said it was nonsense. “I’ve been playing cricket against and with Michael Clarke since I was 12, so we’ve got a lot of history as people,” he said.

“Obviously we are quite different people in certain ways. Like you do in every relationship, it goes up and down and things are going really well at the moment with me and Michael.”

Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard has made it clear Watson must start toeing the team line if he is to continue playing Test cricket, but Watson denied the impression that he is not a team player.

“Just go round and ask every person that I’ve played cricket with and that will give you the best indication of whether I’m a team man or not,” Watson said. (TN)

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