[caption id="attachment_536520" align="aligncenter" width="628"]<img class="size-full wp-image-536520" alt="Michael Clarke (Left) and Shane Watson have bid adieu to international Getty Images" src="https://www.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/Shane-Watson-and-Michael-Clarke-of-Australia-wait-for-a-review-decision-on-Watsons-wic.jpg" width="628" height="355" /> Michael Clarke (Left) and Shane Watson have bid adieu to international Getty Images[/caption] <p></p> <p></p><strong>Sydney</strong>: Former Australia captain <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/tag/Michael-Clarke" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a> has revisited old feuds, describing <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Shane-Watson" target="_blank">Shane Watson</a> as part of a group that was "like a tumour" on the team. Star batsman Clarke also spoke of his notorious dressing-room bust-up with <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/players/Simon-Katich" target="_blank">Simon Katich</a>, who 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 <em>Channel Nine's</em> 60 Minutes programme aired late Sunday to coincide 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. <p></p> <p></p>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." He admitted the run-in with Katich caused a divide between him and the older players. "I think a lot of us were getting wound up, so I think I had every reason to be pissed off," Clarke said. "But I don't think my language was appropriate to Kato [Katich]. It turned out <em> </em> I found out four days later <em> </em> that Matthew Hayden was going to retire after that Test match. So I think Haydos was pissed off as well that that happened in his last Test." <p></p> <p></p>Clarke who retired after the Ashes last year, said some of his problems started when he was appointed vice-captain to Ricky Ponting. "I don't think I was a good vice-captain at all," he told the programme. "As soon as I got given the vice-captaincy, I think the perception was I was automatically the next captain, and that built." <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/videos/shane-watson-talks-about-homeworkgate-scandal-198881" target="_blank"><strong>VIDEO: Shane Watson talks about Homeworkgate scandal</strong></a> <p></p> <p></p>The former skipper admits he struggled with the public perception of his personality. "I hated not knowing why people didn t like me or why the media perception was they didn't like me," Clarke said. "The negative stuff I would read, and I felt like I was reading it in bold letters. You know, 'you re selfish, you don t care about the team, you re an upstart' that was hard to deal with."