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Clarke denies calling Watson 'a cancer on the team'

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There was plenty of interest in Michael Clarke’s “tell-all” interview with 60 Minutes on Sunday night, and one of the most interesting aspects of the chat was the former Aussie skipper’s recollection of an incident with Shane Watson.

It was alleged that Clarke labelled Watson, “a cancer on the team,” back in 2013, however Clarke denied those claims.

“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 that if we don’t fix it, it’s going to turn into a cancer.”

Asked if Watson was included in that group, Clarke was up front.

“Shane was one of those players, yes,” Clarke said.

The former skipper also delved into whether or not he believed his teammates liked him while he was at the helm.

“I don’t think I can answer that,” Clarke said.

“I know they respected me as their captain. I know they believed in the calls I made, and they knew I would put that team in front of any person or relationship.

“I would like both (being liked and respected simultaneously), but I only care about one (being respected).”

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