Watson responds to Clarke in 'tumour' row

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Shane Watson has responded to Michael Clarke after the retired Australian cricket captain reiterated his description of the former team-mate as being "like a tumour".

Clarke, who succeeded Ricky Ponting as Test skipper in 2011, did not always enjoy a positive relationship with vice-captain Watson during their time wearing the baggy green.

Speaking to Channel Nine during promotional work for his new autobiography, the issue was raised of unflattering leaked remarks made by Clarke during a period of internal division under ex-coach Mickey Arthur in 2012-13.

"I said that there is a number of players, a group in this team at the moment, that are like a tumour and if we don't fix, it's going to turn into a cancer," Clarke said.

Pressed for clarification on whether or not the target of the remarks included Watson, he said: "Shane was one of those players, yes."

Watson, who was sent home from the tour of India in March 2013 due to disciplinary issues, responded to the resurfacing of the old grievance during a public address in Melbourne on Tuesday.

"For me I think it was more a reflection of the person he [Clarke] is more than what it was directed towards me," Watson said.

"In the end it is really disappointing that things like that start to come out two or three years later on when we are all very content in retirement."

Watson retired from Test cricket in September 2015, a month after Clarke.