Watson: Stop asking me about past issues

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Australia all-rounder Shane Watson would really love it if people stopped asking him about the Homework Saga, Mickey Arthur's comments about him, and any other off-field issues from the past year.

Australia all-rounder Shane Watson would really love it if people stopped asking him about the Homework Saga, Mickey Arthur's comments about him, and any other off-field issues from the past year.

Former coach Arthur alleged that Watson had been the one to tell him about David Warner's punch at Joe Root, and also said that Watson was a 'cancer' in the dressing room, while Warner's brother tweeted that Watson was a 'pretender' and 'selfish'.

But Watson is trying to move on from those stories and focus on his game, where he has had middling success during the Ashes so far, and has come under fire for poor use of reviews and getting out in predictable ways.

Watson said of the off-field drama: "Honestly it didn't particularly worry me too much because it's something that's happened in the past and I don't care what's happened in the past.

"In the end things that were in and around the team through that period of time of about a year certainly weren't that great. But this is an exciting time for me in my cricket career to be able to have Darren Lehmann doing an amazing job of bringing everyone together.

"For me this is the most enjoyable time I've had within the Australian team for a long, long time. If things hadn't evolved the way they had within the team then it probably would have affected me more, but how excited I am about being involved in the Australian cricket team at this point in time, that's all in the past."

One of the main talking point that came out of Arthur's 'revelations' was that Watson and skipper Clarke have a tempestuous relationship, and that the side is split into two camps, depending on their loyalties.

But Watto added of his relationship with Clarke: "In the end, all we do is come together to try and help out Australian cricket as much as we can within the team and within the whole structure as well, so things haven't changed.

"We're just doing the best we possibly can in coming together as much as we can to be able to get the best out of everyone around us.

"I think myself and Michael, as we always have, we've got along well, we know what we need to do within the team to get the best out of everyone around us, and I know we're both really enjoying what's going on at this point in time."

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