The star batsman revealed he struggled with the Public perception perception of his personality. Photograph: (Getty)
The former Australian captain revisited old feuds with team members in a television interview ahead of the release of his autobiography
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has described Shane Watson as part of a group that was "like a tumour" on the team.
The batsman spoke about his stormy relationships ahead of the release of his biography in a television with Channel Nine on Sunday.
Clarke talked about his 2009 dressing-room spat with Simon Katich, who grabbed the then vice-captain’s throat during a disagreement about when the team song should be sung after Australia's Test win against South Africa, international news agency AFP reported.
He denied branding Watson a “cancer”on the team, a claim that was made by Mickey Arthur in paperwork connected to the former coach’s legal action against cricket Australia following his sacking three years ago after a 4-0 defeat in India.
"No, I didn't say that," Clarke said. "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.", AFP reported.
"I think a lot of us were getting wound up, so I think I had every reason to be pissed off," Clarke said. "But I don't think my language was appropriate to Kato (Katich).”, Clarke admitted while talking about the run-in with Katich caused a divide between him and the older players.
Clarke who retired after the Ashes last year, said some of his problems started when he was appointed vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.
"I don't think I was a good vice-captain at all," he told the programme. "As soon as I got given the vice-captaincy, I think the perception was I was automatically the next captain, and that built."
The star batsman revealed he struggled with the Public perception of his personality.
"I hated not knowing why people didn't like me or why the media perception was they didn't like me," Clarke said.
"You know, you're selfish, you don't care about the team, you're an upstart' - that was hard to deal with."
(WION with inputs from AFP)