Michael Clarke chats to the media regarding the fallout from the penalty handed down to David Warner.

Australian captain Michael Clarke and Cricket Australia (CA) officials have denied allegations that former vice-captain Shane Watson had objected to the way Australia was handling the David Warner affair.

A television report had said that said CA officials at the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 were attempting to cover up Warner’s altercation with England rival Joe Root in a Birmingham nightclub early on Sunday morning, by allegedly dismissing it as minor and not worthy of punishment, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

According to the paper, the report had further claimed that Watson had responded to that decision by accusing Australian coach Mickey Arthur of double standards and had objected to keeping the issue in-house, adding that his confrontation with Arthur led to Warner eventually being stood down from Wednesday’s match against New Zealand.