<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Michael Clarke" src="https://st3.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20121114090548.jpg" title="Michael Clarke" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Michael Clarke spoke about his 'perfect relationship' with his deputy Shane Watson after Australia announced an unchanged side for Adelaide Test Getty Images</p> </div> <br /> <strong>Sydney: Nov 21, 2012</strong><br /> <br /> After<a href="/tags/Shane-Watson/post" target="_blank"> Shane Watson</a> was finally ruled out of Australia s second Test against South Africa on Wednesday, rumours of a rift between Captain <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> and his deputy began to do the rounds.<br /> <br /> Despite his injury, Watson continued to press for selection as a specialist batsman, although Clarke had made it clear before the series began that he needed to be bowling for a confirmed spot in the playing XI.<br /> Michael Clarke cleared the air about his relationship with Watson, denying any sort of disagreement when he announced an unchanged side for <a href="/tags/Adelaide/post" target="_blank">Adelaide</a>, <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em> reported.<br /> <br /> "We have a great relationship, firstly. I know there's been talk of that being a little bit different but <a href="/tags/Watto/post" target="_blank">Watto</a> and I, our friendship and our professional relationship when it comes to captain and vice captain is as close as I can certainly ask for," Clarke said.<br /> <br /> "We spoke daily even before we flew to Adelaide as a team and I was kept well and truly in the loop as to how he was travelling and what he was doing preparation-wise. Once we got here our intent was to give Watto every single chance as a very important player and vice-captain of the team to walk out onto this park for the second Test match. ''Unfortunately, we've run out of time."<br /> <br /> On Wednesday, Clarke said Watson remained a vital part of his Australian side, provided he was 100 per cent fit.<br /> <br /> In Watson's absence, <a href="/tags/Rob-Quiney/post" target="_blank">Rob Quiney</a> will get another chance at No.3, after a brief debut in the first Test at Brisbane.