The Ashes: Michael Clarke describes Shane Watson as team man

Michael Clarke says Shane Watson's near run-a-ball century and willingness to risk his wicket in the second innings was a lesson to teammates as Australia strive for a return to the top of the Test rankings.

updated: December 19, 2013 17:33 IST
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Sydney: Shane Watson and Michael ClarkeSkipper Michael Clarke on Thursday praised Shane Watson's approach of putting the team first in this week's Ashes-winning Perth Test, and described him as an example to young players.

Clarke's ringing endorsement of his former vice-captain follows a row in India in March, when Cricket Australia team performance manager Pat Howard gave the impression that Watson was not a team player. (Also read: Glory days are back, says Aussie media)

Watson clashed with then-Test coach Mickey Arthur when he was one of four players who failed to submit written feedback requested by team management in India, as Australia were on the wrong end of a clean sweep in a four-Test series. (Ashes win justifies Arthur's sacking, says James Sutherland)

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