Former Australian cricketer Michael Hussey has revealed the circumstances behind the deteriorating relationship between captain Michael Clarke and former opening batsman Simon Katich.
Writing in his new book, Underneath the Southern Cross, Hussey also spoke about how his decision to not attend a boat party at the end of the series against Sri Lanka earlier this caused a furore in the team.
Hussey had announced that the series against Sri Lanka would be his last one but when the party was organised - by Michael Clarke on James Packer's boat - it wasn't known that the middle-order would be retiring from cricket following the Sri Lankan Tests.
The retiring batsman chose not to attend the party because children weren't allowed on the boat because of safety reasons and that was construed as a rift between Hussey and captain Michael Clarke.
Hussey says he had no problems with the situation given that there was no way the likes of Clarke and others could have known he was retiring from cricket at the time the party was organised and added he wanted the team to go ahead with their plans even as he decided to remain behind with his family.
He said: "All this was pretty straightforward to me. I said to Gavin, 'I just want some hours to celebrate with the boys in the dressing room. I don't want to stop them from having the celebration on the boat'."
Hussey added: "I said, 'I reckon the boat will be great for the boys, but after we have our time in the dressing room as a team, I'll have my time with the family'."
He also admitted there were a few players who weren't happy with the decision of a few players like Hussey and Peter Siddle (who was a teetotaller) to stay behind while the others partied. Shane Watson was one of the players who was adamant that everyone should have either gone ahead for the party or stayed behind as a team.
Hussey also mentions in his book it was his decision to delay singing the team song that could have been the cause of a rift between Clarke and Katich.
Unknown to Hussey, Clarke had organised a bar at midnight and he kept postponing the singing of the song to very late by when the captain and Katich had a huge confrontation that seemed to have come out of nowhere.
Hussey writes in his book: "Then, out of nowhere they came together in the middle of the room. There was a big confrontation and I thought, what the hell is going on? This had come out of nowhere. We'd all been having a laugh and a chat. It got broken up pretty quickly. Kato was put back down in his seat and Pup left the dressing room altogether. We were all in a bit of shock. I certainly didn't know what the hell had gone on. Kato was very apologetic."
He also said Clarke later told Hussey the incident wasn't his [Hussey's] doing and that he will sort out his differences with Katich.