Shane Watson's batting order in Tests caused his rift with Michael Clarke, says Shane Warne

Watson's relationship with Clarke reached a low point during the tour of India earlier this year when he was suspended from the Mohali Test by a leadership group comprised of Clarke, Arthur and the team manager Gavin Dovey.

updated: July 18, 2013 23:27 IST
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London: Mickey Arthur has blown the divisive feud between Michael Clarke and Shane Watson out of the proportion and the root of the rift between two players has been the all-rounder's shuffling around the Test match batting order by the Aussie skipper, believes legendary spinner Shane Warne.

"I found when I was captain of Watto in the IPL. I just backed him 100 per cent and he'd end up being player of the tournament. Pup's been doing that but I think what people have missed is they've debated over where Watson should bat. Watto wants to open, Clarke's thinking strong middle order, so I'm sure they've had a few heated debates about where he should bat," Warne told ESPNCricinfo.

"How that translates into they hate each other, they don't get along. It's just been blown out of proportion I believe. And I know both the guys really well and I speak to both all the time. So I think it's not a factual statement.

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