Watson slams high performance manager Howard for questioning dedication to team

Sydney, Mar 13 (ANI): Shane Watson has blasted Cricket Australia (CA) high-performance manager Pat Howard for questioning his commitment to the team, saying the former Test rugby player had not been involved in cricket long enough to pass a comment on his dedication to the team.

Howard had claimed on Tuesday that vice-captain Watson was a team player only sometimes and that there had been difficulties between the all-rounder and his captain, Michael Clarke. News.com.au reports.

Watson flew in to Sydney to be at the birth of his first baby after he was suspended from the third Test along with Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson for failing to complete a task set by coach Mickey Arthur.

Watson was contrite about his failure to complete the task, adding he got that extremely wrong, which cost him a Test match.

But Watson said that former Test rugby player Howard didn't know him very well and hadn't been in and around cricket for very long

A livid Watson said Howard doesn't particularly know him very well, adding he obviously comes from a rugby background and hasn't been in and around cricket for very long, so the best people to ask are the people he has played cricket with.

On his relationship with Clarke, Watson said the way relationships work, there is always ups and downs like there is in marriages and in friendships, adding he has been playing cricket with and against Clarke since he was 12, so they have got a lot of history as people.

Watson added obviously they are quite different people in certain ways and they are very similar in a lot of ways as well, and like you do in every relationship, it goes up and down and things are going really well at the moment with him and his captain. (ANI)

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