Sydney, Oct 19: All-rounder Shane Watson has hit back at former skipper Michael Clarke after the world cup winning captain described Watson as part of a group that was "like a tumour" on the team.
Watson, who retired from international cricket earlier this year, said it was pointless reopening old wounds.
"For me I think it was more a reflection of the person he is more than what it was directed towards me," Watson told Fox Sports on Tuesday (Oct 18).
Revisiting his old feuds the star batsman Clarke spoke of his notorious dressing-room bust-up with Simon Katich and took a jibe at Watson.
As per Clarke, Katich once 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 in 2009.
In a television interview with Channel Nine's 60 Minutes programme aired late Sunday (Oct 16) which coincided 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 so-called "homework" affair.
"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."
Clarke, who retired after the Ashes last year, said in the interview that some of his problems started when he was appointed vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.
(With inputs from agencies)