'Content' Watson 'breaks silence' over 'cancer in the team' revelations

Sydney, Aug 8 (ANI): Australian all-rounder has reportedly broken his silence about the leaked revelations that captain Michael Clarke had described him as a 'cancer' on the team, saying that he has left the issue in the past and is content under the regime of new coach Darren Lehmann.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the former deputy's relationship with Clarke reportedly figured in documents filed by sacked coach Mickey Arthur in his case against Cricket Australia, which emerging publicly between the first and second Ashes Tests.

With the case being settled, Watson also seems to gone ahead with his game, saying that he is happier than he had been for a long time under Lehmann and have been trying to put all the negative issues behind him, adding that he hoped that all these issues never rear their heads anymore.

According to Watson, he is excited about the things that his team is doing now at this point in time and where they are headed as an Australian cricket team, and insisted that the disharmony in the team in the last year of Arthur's reign had evaporated under Lehmann, whom he backed to have done an 'amazing' job in bringing together the team.

According to reports Arthur was said to have revealed that Clarke told him that Watson and his faction were a cancer within the side, adding that the documents also confirmed that Watson had been the player to tip off Arthur about David Warner's nightclub altercation with Joe Root in Birmingham in June.

However, Watson said that he had taken the scrutiny on his relationship with Clarke in his stride, although he admitted that the issues would have affected him more if things had not evolved the way they had within the team.

Watson also said that in the end, all they can do is to come together to try and help out Australian cricket as much as they can within the team and the whole structure, adding that he and Clarke have always got along well and are aware of what they need to do within the team to get the best out of everyone around them.

The attention on Watson and Clarke has subsided in England, where they field alongside each other in the slips and have on occasion been sighted on the team balcony in discussions about the action on the ground, the report added. (ANI)

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