Australia news March 11, 2013

Watson may quit Test cricket after axeing

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Shane Watson is contemplating his future in the game after being axed from the squad for the Mohali Test on disciplinary grounds and then leaving the tour to be with his pregnant wife. Watson was one of four players punished by the team management for ignoring team orders.

Since being named Michael Clarke's vice-captain in 2011, Watson's Twenty20 and ODI displays have remained strong but his Test appearances have been neither consistent nor convincing. His struggles in India despite being one of only two batsmen to have made a Test hundred on the subcontinent were a major contributor to Australia's 0-2 deficit.

There is little doubt Watson's T20 career will continue for he is scheduled to return to India in April for the IPL, where he had also indicated he would return to bowling for his franchise rather than his country. In ODIs he has the lure of the 2015 World Cup to sustain him. But it is now plausible that at 31 he has played his final Test match.

"Any time you're suspended for a Test match unless you do something unbelievably wrong, and obviously everyone knows what those rules are ... I think it is very harsh," Watson told reporters at the team hotel in Chandigarh. "At this point in time I'm at a stage where I'm sort of weighing up my future and what I want to do with my cricket in general, to be honest. I do love playing, there is no doubt about that, but at this point in time I'm going to spend the next few weeks with my family and just weigh up my options of just exactly which direction I want to go.

"There are lot more important things in life - I certainly do love playing cricket and that passion is still there and I feel like I'm in the prime years of my cricket career. From that perspective I still feel like I've got a lot to give. But from a holistic perspective I've got to sit down with my family and decide which directions they are."

Watson, along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were told this morning by the coach Mickey Arthur that, in an unprecedented decision, they would not be considered for the third Test. After the loss in Hyderabad, inside three and a half days, Arthur had asked every member of the squad to let him know three points on how their individual performances and those of the team could be improved. These four players did not comply with the directive.

Watson said he had been going to tell the team management that he would need to miss the fourth Test to be with his wife, who is due at the end of the month, but had been informed of his axeing before he could do so. "I was about to communicate that to Mickey and the leadership group today but they obviously beat me to it by telling me I wasn't selected for this Test match," he said. "Also overnight, things have changed and Lee wasn't going to tell me things had changed because she knew how much it meant to me to be able to play this Test match. It was due in a couple of weeks but it's looking like things have sped up a little bit."

With four players unavailable, Australia's squad is down to 13 players for the Mohali Test, and if wicketkeeper Matthew Wade's ankle does not heal, they will have to pick a team from 12.

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  • East_West on March 11, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Shane, sorry mate! You have been the best allrounder and I wish Clarke would have given you the ball to bowl in Indian conditions! Having said that, it is nothing like becoming a parent! that is the blessing one can only cherish, and it is nothing like being with your wife while she is going through all the troubles to bring a wonderful life to this world! consider this whole issue is a blessing in disguise! ..from an Indian fan!!

  • fazald on March 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Since his injury Watson has been put under immense pressure to retain his place in the team as the vice captain. He is now more or less on the sidelines nursing an injury than representing the team. He must be really frustrated that he can't bowl. This harsh decision could mean the end of his career in the Australian cricket team. I hope he doesn't decide to retire from test cricket and pursue a career in the IPL. Watson has still got so much to offer aussie cricket but has not yet demonstrated his full potential.He has been dogged by injury since the beginning of his career and as far as he is concerned this could be the final nail in the coffin in his test career.

  • Chris_P on March 12, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    @landl47. Couldn't have put it better myself. Still, to this day, I can't see how Watson's selection as a batsman could ever be justified based on his performances at fc the past 3 seasons & it doesn't half show up, does it? It was good enough for the rest of the team to follow management instructions (something they agreed to do when they signed their multi-million dollar contracts) yet they felt they were above this request? Is this how you show team unity & how you show you care about the fortune of the team? Pattinson, to his credit, apologized for his effort, & it's difficult to comprehend that he is almost 10 years younger than Watson. Watson is destined to play out his future in the short form where he is much better suited. Aussie cricket will move on from this as it has done with even bigger turmoil in the past. I think the term "line in the sand" aptly sums up the whole episode. Something needed to be done & it has, & of course, not to everyone's approval, but que sera, sera,

  • on March 12, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I have to say without a shadow of doubt that I agreed with all these comments bar one EG: Andrew from Oz although there is a little truth in what he said. In fact we have not performed to our usual standard at all really with a few exceptions. If we carry on in this vein we will lose respect throughout the cricketing world

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I feel sorry for you Watson, if your decision to quit is true or contemplating for it.

  • msdprabhakar on March 12, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    now thats why dhoni is called captaincool. see how clarke the so called tactically best captain's behaviour when he starts losing ...this is not the way to treat shane watson....we indians know well what is the value the allrounder provides to the side,....that too of shane watson's caliber

  • LoveCric1975 on March 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Mr Arthur needs to grow up. His role is to coach his team on or off the field. Their are other more engaging ways to extract feedback from players rather then giving them a pen and paper to right essays. Before it gets too late, ACB needs to act quickly to remove this shambolic coach who has created a totally unwanted scenario due to his strange sudden brainwave. To suggest that a 3 point assessment essay would have turned around Aussie fortunes in this series is laughable. Please JUST COACH if you can and don't take the MICKEY.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist ..... there is no reading between the lines.

    Clarke showed everyone how he behaves when he is losing. His little tantrums in the 3rd SA Test. After two losses in a row this farce was inevitable.

    You are one of the selectors, you picked the touring team, you picked the test teams that lost .... totally incompetent!!! It's time to grow up and face your responsibilities, you have to find solutions, you have to rebuild their confidence and lead them.

    Your disgusting treatment of your teammates is abhorrent, trying to shift the blame and move the spotlight.

    Once again proving to me that you are a hopeless captain!!!

  • colinham on March 12, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Clearly he's had his mind on other matters (potentially more important) and has been failing in his role as vice captain (for whatever reason).

    This does seem a laughable outcome - but hey they are being slaughtered by a pretty average team, and presumably the management need to do something to set some standards.

  • AndrewFromOz on March 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    This suits Watto. He can't bowl in tests and his batting is not good enough to justify his place. His body is brittle - constantly injured - and he is basically immature. So off to the 20/20 circus and let the proper cricketers get on with the real cricket.

  • East_West on March 11, 2013, 14:57 GMT

    Shane, sorry mate! You have been the best allrounder and I wish Clarke would have given you the ball to bowl in Indian conditions! Having said that, it is nothing like becoming a parent! that is the blessing one can only cherish, and it is nothing like being with your wife while she is going through all the troubles to bring a wonderful life to this world! consider this whole issue is a blessing in disguise! ..from an Indian fan!!

  • fazald on March 11, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Since his injury Watson has been put under immense pressure to retain his place in the team as the vice captain. He is now more or less on the sidelines nursing an injury than representing the team. He must be really frustrated that he can't bowl. This harsh decision could mean the end of his career in the Australian cricket team. I hope he doesn't decide to retire from test cricket and pursue a career in the IPL. Watson has still got so much to offer aussie cricket but has not yet demonstrated his full potential.He has been dogged by injury since the beginning of his career and as far as he is concerned this could be the final nail in the coffin in his test career.

  • Chris_P on March 12, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    @landl47. Couldn't have put it better myself. Still, to this day, I can't see how Watson's selection as a batsman could ever be justified based on his performances at fc the past 3 seasons & it doesn't half show up, does it? It was good enough for the rest of the team to follow management instructions (something they agreed to do when they signed their multi-million dollar contracts) yet they felt they were above this request? Is this how you show team unity & how you show you care about the fortune of the team? Pattinson, to his credit, apologized for his effort, & it's difficult to comprehend that he is almost 10 years younger than Watson. Watson is destined to play out his future in the short form where he is much better suited. Aussie cricket will move on from this as it has done with even bigger turmoil in the past. I think the term "line in the sand" aptly sums up the whole episode. Something needed to be done & it has, & of course, not to everyone's approval, but que sera, sera,

  • on March 12, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    I have to say without a shadow of doubt that I agreed with all these comments bar one EG: Andrew from Oz although there is a little truth in what he said. In fact we have not performed to our usual standard at all really with a few exceptions. If we carry on in this vein we will lose respect throughout the cricketing world

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:06 GMT

    I feel sorry for you Watson, if your decision to quit is true or contemplating for it.

  • msdprabhakar on March 12, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    now thats why dhoni is called captaincool. see how clarke the so called tactically best captain's behaviour when he starts losing ...this is not the way to treat shane watson....we indians know well what is the value the allrounder provides to the side,....that too of shane watson's caliber

  • LoveCric1975 on March 12, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    Mr Arthur needs to grow up. His role is to coach his team on or off the field. Their are other more engaging ways to extract feedback from players rather then giving them a pen and paper to right essays. Before it gets too late, ACB needs to act quickly to remove this shambolic coach who has created a totally unwanted scenario due to his strange sudden brainwave. To suggest that a 3 point assessment essay would have turned around Aussie fortunes in this series is laughable. Please JUST COACH if you can and don't take the MICKEY.

  • on March 12, 2013, 8:49 GMT

    @ VivGilchrist ..... there is no reading between the lines.

    Clarke showed everyone how he behaves when he is losing. His little tantrums in the 3rd SA Test. After two losses in a row this farce was inevitable.

    You are one of the selectors, you picked the touring team, you picked the test teams that lost .... totally incompetent!!! It's time to grow up and face your responsibilities, you have to find solutions, you have to rebuild their confidence and lead them.

    Your disgusting treatment of your teammates is abhorrent, trying to shift the blame and move the spotlight.

    Once again proving to me that you are a hopeless captain!!!

  • colinham on March 12, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Clearly he's had his mind on other matters (potentially more important) and has been failing in his role as vice captain (for whatever reason).

    This does seem a laughable outcome - but hey they are being slaughtered by a pretty average team, and presumably the management need to do something to set some standards.

  • AndrewFromOz on March 12, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    This suits Watto. He can't bowl in tests and his batting is not good enough to justify his place. His body is brittle - constantly injured - and he is basically immature. So off to the 20/20 circus and let the proper cricketers get on with the real cricket.

  • VivGilchrist on March 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    Katich, Symonds, OKeefe, Watson do not worship Clarke. Enough said.

  • matchfixerpkn on March 12, 2013, 8:24 GMT

    such atragedy for asutralia..this is the same australian team who are used to aks their best players to retire after certain age just bcos to give much hungry young lads..see now..

  • MoeMatthews on March 12, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    Good...

    He's on a fat paypacket from CA, why should he be in the team when he shows less commitment to doing basic tasks that even a prep student would be capable of?? 5 million dollars a year to contribute nothing, and act like an entitled, spoilt little brat.

    This wasn't about failing to hand in a bit of schoolboy 'homework'..it was representative of a group of players who refused to act in a professional, adult manner owing to the large salaries they are being paid to play a bloody sport..

    The response from ex-Australian luminaries such as Border, M Waugh, Martyn, Lehmann, & Moody, et al. has been nothing short of disgraceful. We are in this position now, because by and large these people refused to instil any sense of professionalism in players thay had influence over.

    Back to back ashes hammerings here we come!!

    Go on natural talent and hope for the best. Well, getting a 1 million year ACA contract for being a lazy, entitled sod doesn't cut it in the 21st century AB..

  • DINESHCC on March 12, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Mickery Arthur's service is very much required for India. After finishing Australian team (I mean completing his term), please come to India. Some of our dump players are also needed your valuable services.

  • mixters on March 12, 2013, 7:38 GMT

    Homework? no its not that at all. These players have $500,000 plus contracts and I must say if my employer payed that and I would be happy to complete my report by a set deadline. I think that is being a proffesional. Shane and co should learn the meaning of the world, there attitude is amature. It may or may not be the right thing to ask players to fill in reports on test matches but for $500,000 I think these BOYS should think about there obligations to there employer CA

  • wix99 on March 12, 2013, 7:33 GMT

    Shane Watson has effectively been sacked as vice-captain. He may quit Test cricket, but it is quite possible the selectors have lost patience with Watson anyway and had no intention of selecting him for the Ashes. I believe this is all about Australia clearing the decks and reading the riot act before the Ashes tour. Watson has been pushed out because he wasn't making runs and wasn't showing the leadership that is expected from a vice-captain.

  • Paul_Rampley on March 12, 2013, 7:25 GMT

    Lets hope Watson comes back strongly and sorts any issues with Clarke. I also hope Khawaja and Pattinson come back strongly in the 4th test as we need both of them to square the series. For now lets look forward to Thursday.

  • VivGilchrist on March 12, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Lets read between the lines. Watto is the third wheel in the Coach-Captain-VC set up. With Clarke as captain Watto has had to move from his preferred opening position to nos 3 and then 4 "for the team". Meanwhile Clarke up to this point has not budged from his preferred no 5 position even though everybody has been screaming out for it. When Watto was returning after injury Clarke came out publicly and said he would not be an automatic selection if he is unable to bowl. Where is the confidence in the Captain-VC relationship there? Watson over bowled himself to injury for the team when Aus were a bowler down v SL. Short memories. I wouldn't be surprised if Watson didn't put his 'report' in out of protest as his opinions never get taken on board anyway.

  • on March 12, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    What a shame that Shane, James, Usman and Mitchell were treated so!

  • Jube on March 12, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Its debatable how much of a difference the contributions from the 4 make, but am sure they are much more useful than some who will now definitely be in the team. And I just do not get this... Homework?? Discipline? Cannot believe it is all that bad... - being an Indian I can say for sure the sub continent has had worse and worked around it - especially for quality players. If anything I think Mickey Arthur needs to be out. He didn't do anything for South Africa and do not see him doing anything for Australia either.... I also do not quite follow Cricket Australia's selection policy. You're getting on a tour to India - you've lost Mike Hussey and Ricky Ponting - don't you think you could do with the experience of a Brad Hodge??

  • Igthorn on March 12, 2013, 7:03 GMT

    Regardless of the loss to Australian cricket that this represents - it is very clear that few of the people commenting here are speaking from the experience of being a coach of any group of players. Have a go at balancing 15-odd different personalities and getting the best out of them for months at a time with many of them being natural alpha males and then come back to us.

    It is incredibly easy to criticise but I am pretty sure most coaches out there will understand the decision far more clearly than the hysterical reactions from fans and old players.

    If you think about it - Arthur has actually shielded his players with this move - he will cop all the flak and focus is now on him - giving his players room to breathe.

  • Baxter_P on March 12, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Watson shows the winning attitude, calmness and formidable temperament that's made him such a roaring success for Australia at test level. Awesome athlete (when not injured...), enormously talented but soft.

  • X_Bat on March 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Homework! Eeek! Imagine how young school kids will be thinking right now. You mean you have to do homework when playing for Australia, otherwise you get detention? One thing is for certain, the Barmy Army will want to know about this homework thing. Arthur, just apologize, let everyone know you made a big mistake and get the best players on the field.

  • hycIass on March 12, 2013, 6:25 GMT

    The 'task' itself was stupid. What's wrong with a team meeting? Sit in a circle for an hour and talk things through, attendance compulsory.Who was going to collate the results and then distribute the information to players?As VC Watson could have gone to Clarke, made his opinion known about the 'homework' and sought to have it rescinded.Khawaja has done great for Queensland and has a good attitude otherwise wouldn't have changed states to make his game better. Time CA looked at their own running, we are down 2-0 due to the current top order which includes Hughes not because of the 4 guys singled out. My own solution for the malaise would be bat better, bowl better and field better.

  • SaifS on March 12, 2013, 6:16 GMT

    I really dont understand this?! Why everyone including the press is behaving as if all is lost for Australia in this series when there are equal number of games remaining. Australia can well square the series, and they have doneit many a times in the past, they are a champion side we know. I have never seen a such a morale down Aussie side ever. They should come back strong. that's how it should be in a game. As far as this axing incident is concerned, it's a clear mistake on part of the leadership group. At a time when the players' confidence is down and when, ideally, they need their coach to tell the "three" things that can improve their performance and the teams' and not the other way round in mu humble opinion. Analytics is the job of the coach with his support staff and not of the players. Sorry Mickey you've punished players for performing your job, no good!These talks are taking away the credit Indian team deserves.C'mon Australia beat my team at home if you can.Good Luck :-)

  • sfarazi on March 12, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    Two of the four players axed didn't even play in the test match so how they were supposed to give points about how they could've improved their game is really quite amusing. Mickey Arthur states: 'If you want to be in the team, you have to be serious.' Well if these players weren't serious then they wouldn't be playing International cricket. Well, he hasn't done much for the team by axing four good players who could possibly have stopped India from obliterating us completely.

  • OttawaRocks on March 12, 2013, 5:49 GMT

    This arguably is the biggest internal choke job that Australia has ever produced. I believe they might have just handed India the series. We will see.

  • HansonKoch on March 12, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    The whole point of punishment is to for it to feel "harsh" otherwise it wouldn't be punishing enough.

  • on March 12, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    Yes! This is great news! Sorry Watto, but you're quite frankly not up to test standard. The only reason he's been in the side is because of Australia's post-2005 Ashes obsession with having their own Freddie Flintoff. In test cricket, average all-rounders are not needed. If one of your top 6 batsman is a quality bowler (Eg. Kallis) then awesome, but you just don't need it and on his batting stats alone it's pretty clear Watson isn't a test-standard top 6 batsman.

    Another reason this is good is because he's our best short-form player. Not having to worry about tests would result in less injuries and him being available more often.

  • sherishahmir on March 12, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Surprise decision to punish four good players when team is struggling but the good thing is nothing is bigger over discipline.

  • PANKAJ_GOGIYA on March 12, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    what sort of feedback usman & Johnson should have given..???any guesses...??

  • NitinNZ on March 12, 2013, 5:14 GMT

    Cricket Australia has acted like a true politician here. With this drama back home they can be seen as doing something about the horrible performances and at the same time pull out key players from the India Tour (Border-Gavaskar Trophy). The idea is that no matter who they pick in the Australian team they can't win.

    Hence, Cricket Australia has decided to pull out key players in preparations of the England tour without offending BCCI (Superpower of Cricket!!!) for undermining the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Would be interesting to see if their (Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja) attitude is all corrected in time for the test team announcements for the English tour this year in a couple of months??? Good one Cricket Australia....

  • on March 12, 2013, 5:02 GMT

    Goodbye Watto, you never really lived up to your potential mate. if you can't bowl then there is no spot for you anyway, your batting is typical all-rounder hit or miss suited to the shorter format. Go for the money in IPL before your body finally gives up.

  • Srish85 on March 12, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    What Greg did to India, they get it back thought Arthur!!!

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:49 GMT

    It also appears that coach wanted three things where team can improve and 3 x 16 would be 48 things. The who decides which of 48 to apply? It is like the Geometry teacher telling students that he can unravel the thearam and wants students to solve it

  • rket on March 12, 2013, 4:40 GMT

    Unless there's more hidden things in this fiasco, banning four players from playing a test match for just not replying an email is a foolish thing. It's just a game to divert the focus from his (Mickey) failure. Some how I don't like Clarke either. Ponting was also treated the same way before.

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    I don't know, for me he is one of the best alrounders

  • hotcric01 on March 12, 2013, 4:29 GMT

    Watson is probably the best short format allrounder in recent history.But unlike a great like Kallis he has never had impressive match winning performance in test cricket.He is an ordinary test batsman and a good part time pace bowler.He is not worthy to be in a test batting line up only as a batsman.Also he is very weak batsman against spin bowling.I think this is good for Australia cricket,because Watson is more valuable for them as a short format player.when considering Watson's physical fitness he can't play 5 day cricket at all. A lot of young batsmen should have been in AUS who suit to the test format than Watson. Doolan,Forest,Marsh,Fergusion are some examples.

  • Meety on March 12, 2013, 4:06 GMT

    @East_West on (March 11, 2013, 14:57 GMT) - "... I wish Clarke would have given you the ball to bowl..." - how many times does it have to be reported in the media that Watson would NOT of bowled if Clarke asked him to? He is not fit enuff for what ever reason to bowl. I agree with the rest of what you said. @smudgeon on (March 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT) - he should NEVER of been the VC!

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    Its unfortunate that these 4 guys have been axed. But there is so much other teams can learn from Australia. This is not the first time that the Ozies have been tough. A corrective action or a directive from the team management is something everyone has to follow irrespective of how 'big' you are. You don't?..you pack up. Indian team management needs to do the same: Ishant/Bhajji-come up with a plan to take wkts, Ashwin- figure out how to bend your back and field, Sachin- less said the better !!

  • on March 12, 2013, 4:00 GMT

    "Wattson is a good player,he has a brilliant start in the test matches also but as far as his consistency is concerned that lags is coZ of the injuries he had during his short career.At the present situation Aus is in ;they need him as a batsman in their team.With team already down by 2 matches it is quiet tough for them to come back with the axing of their key players...Wattson and Pattinson axing will surely harm them..I don't know what kinda indiscipline Mr Arthur and Mr Clarke are talking about? It seems that if it is a school team that has been punished for not submitting an assignment...Lol it looks quiet funny.....They must have seen their key interests of the team above any thing else, That is not an example of severe INDISCIPLINE and I have seen how our cricket Board defends the players on their nuisance......Aus Board looks quiet different!"""

  • Cricket_theBestGame on March 12, 2013, 3:56 GMT

    i'm not a watson fan. but his batting in full flight is nothing short of master blaster! but i support him on this. he should consider but not retire from cricket. he has at least 4-5 yrs of cricket in him. i feel since he stood his ground on not bowling in this series he is fallen out of clarke and micky's favour.

    i laughed when i saw clarke tried to justify their decision on fox news. with micky and clarke, aus will lose 4-0 to ind and will also lose the ashes. mark my words!

  • RDLikesCricket on March 12, 2013, 3:50 GMT

    Shane Watson was shaping up good in the past couple of years. But i reckon the team management did not assess his game properly and asked too many things out of him. Tossing him up and down the batting order does not help either. Now, failure to give a presentation evicts him out of the team. He may not be a Kallis avatar, but he is a pretty good guy. I just hope he does not fade away like Symonds. BTW, why wouldn't the Aussie cricket setup give accountable roles (Selectors, Chief Mentor etc) for the likes of Ian Chappel, Shane Warne, Richie Benaud etc. Maybe Tom Moody?? A balanced fellow... Bring back Shane.. and yes, if possible give M.Hussey another year please...

  • sharidas on March 12, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    It is certainly unfortunate that this kind of action had to be taken in the name of discipline. But, I believe it was brought in more by the unacceptable and unexpected thrashings received in the first two tests. Also, I found the comments of Mickey Arthur very unfair in that he singled out Usman Khawaja about his attitude. There was never a mention of this earlier and to bring it out to the press was really inappropriate. Professional cricketers come from different social classes and levels and it is the skills of the management that should be in question here.

  • trichia48 on March 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    why has this happened come on coach this is not the way to teach the boys a lesson they are 4 of our best and you sent them home for not filling in a paper do you want to win a test match get them back and you and micheal sit down and explain to them why it was important for them to do what was asked of them i dont know the coach but i have admired and respected michael clark since he started hope it all works out

  • on March 12, 2013, 3:36 GMT

    Some people in these forums clearly do not read the articles before posting. Watson, and the three other players not in contention for the third test, were punished for disobeying team orders / rules. I whole-heartedly agree with smudgeon on this one - as vice-captain (and relatively senior member of the team) not adhering to such things is a grossly unbecoming example for the rest of the side, especially the younger more inexperienced members. Yes, family comes first, but Watson chose to come on tour and offer his services to Australian cricket. Given that, he should be treated no different to any other player in the team. His actions were selfish and inconsiderate to his teammates - do the crime, do the time. Don't sulk and blame this on the administration Watto - this is your own doing!

  • himanshu.team on March 12, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    I really cannot understand this! if it was all so important why wait for 5 days for people to submit their assessments. They would have taken another 2-3 days to just compile these points and before they could actually plan to do anything 3rd test would have started. On top of it if 2 players simply forgot about it, it means there was no talk of this in between. And finally, you decide the time is up and whoever has not submitted his views should be axed. I am an Indian and want my country to thrash the Aussies, but not this way. They essentially have told India well in advance the side they are going to play at Mohali. Also, they have also given a clear message that they are not prepared for this test as instead of formulating strategies they are fighting internal discipline issues. Midway through the tour is not the time to do such things in my opinion.

  • yogesh61 on March 12, 2013, 3:22 GMT

    if shane watson quits tests then test cricket is horrible to watch he master class we already miss some players in test but if shane quits i must say australia could be an weak tea:m

  • on March 12, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    its good move by the coach, if they cant do that simple task there is a question of commitment from them towards the team and the up coming match. its not about Champions in the team its about building team of Champions just like Ian Chappell says.

  • ZsZs on March 12, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    What is the world is Aussie cricket thinking? They had two losses - and they start suspending players - get a grip! Watto is a great player. You had a good Aussie summer and don't take the two losses out on the team. Your bowlers couldn't do anything to the Indians - and you take it out on team!

  • ratspeed on March 12, 2013, 3:09 GMT

    Why Khwaja and Johnson would be reprimanded makes no sense because the questions were specific about personal performance. And in the case of Khwaja its another convenient excuse to not put him in the match. And come on, Pattinson is the only one dealing notable performances. Suicide. Clarke and Arthur are letting their frustrations get to them and they are giving up all hopes of drawing the series with this move.

  • on March 12, 2013, 3:06 GMT

    This rates as the dumbest piece of bureaucratic bungle since Bradman sidelined Miller. This is disgraceful. Johnson and Kwhaja had not even played.

    GET BOOF in there now!

  • sawifan on March 12, 2013, 3:01 GMT

    @smudgeon... one of the best comments i have read on this issue. It wouldn't surprise me if Watto's non-compliance was the catalyst to the other 3 getting the boot too. If the vice-captain (who is currently a non-performer), can't back his captain (who IS one of the few performers), in a simple task, then his place must come under fire. In this day and age of intense media scrutiny it is easy to feel nostalgic about the past. Would 'captain grumpy' AB have been looked at the same way as Clarke over a matter like this, or do people still hold prejudices about Clarke and his 'flashier, glamour boy' days. Clarke is trying to re-build Aussie cricket, as AB did in the past. Our team is weak, though has potential, and coasting through a series you're being humiliated in, is no way forward. When i first read about this, i thought it was purely Arthur's ego trip, but reading more comments from Clarke, I back him to take Australia through this, and forward.

  • on March 12, 2013, 2:54 GMT

    Wow! Its like kicking out a van persie or messi from the team. Clearly their best bastmen after Clarke. Very poor decision. India will definitely be smiling. This is not a MBA class Arthur you dont run a cricket team like this.

  • satishchandar on March 12, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Watson might not have been in best of forms but the pressure put on him and no clear definition of his role was very bad.. Since last year, they were pressurizing him to be a opener who can bowl 10-15 overs per day.. Then as a opener alone. Cowan came and he was pushed to 3. Punter retired and Hughes came to push him again to 4. Where is the consistency in treating a senior player? Clarke was stubborn that he will bat ONLY at 5 all these days inspite of anything happening around him.. He wants a clear batting position but leave out all the shuffling to a guy who even willed to open for the team.. Watson deserved better treatment from the management..

    With his fragile body, he can afford to leave the format as he will be a most sought guy in the T20 format across the global leagues. I won't blame Watson if he retires and opts for safer and secure life ahead.

  • atpoint on March 12, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Managing people is all about empowering them to do their best and building their confidence. Mickey Arthur's brainwave to ask for 'three reasons' in writing was unnecessary and ill conceived (especially with Khawaja and Johnson who didn't play in the first 2 tests) and the punishment over the top. Arthur's way of managing people wouldn't cut it in the corporate world and in the sporting world, it's a disaster.

  • on March 12, 2013, 2:30 GMT

    Time to cash in on T20 mate - good luck to you -

    The management (sic) have played a blinder here - 2 players who have not taken part in the series to date and the best bowler sanctioned plus one heading home to be a dad... Maxwell could not have made this up!!

    Cracking management. The result is actually that the team will be without its best bowler going into the 3rd Test

    Following the UAE debacle, Flower and Strauss stood up and shouldered the blame and noted that they were under prepared and played badly. Since then they went to India and were very well prepared and played very well indeed. It is a stark contrast to see Arthur and Clarke squirming and looking to dodge responsibility

  • hycIass on March 12, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Khawaja, Watson, Pattinson and Johnson don't desreve this. All they need to do is the following: IF 1 - bat better, 2 - bowl better, 3 - field better was an acceptable response no-one would have been suspended for not doing it. That is a clearly apathetic response that shows you don't care about the task - it is just as bad as doing nothing. Spending time thinking up ways for other players to improve their performance is not how professional sportsmen should be helping their team.This fiasco has massively increased my respect for Watson, he's left the team. Clarke on the other hand has just lost all the respect the last two years of performances have earned him. Khawaja has worked his himself to the ground under Lehman and the restults have shown , Pattinson in my view is the best fast bowler in the coutnry. Arthur has lost alot of respect in my eyes .I imagine quite a few Australian team members are feeling the same way.

  • leggar on March 12, 2013, 2:29 GMT

    Watson has always thought he was much better than he actually is. People have made a fuss about his ability for a long time but his numbers don't stack up. In my view we see the real reason for his failure to perform consistently at the top level in this incident. Even if he felt the directive was unhelpful and pointless, a good team player does what is necessary to support a coach and the team ethos. As vice captain his behaviour is totally unacceptable. Let him go and make money in IPL as a hard hitting batsman and accurate bowler, but there are plenty of those players. It is the ones who dominate for long periods in test cricket who really deserve the kudos. He can only play the spoiled little boy right now because Australian cricket is in such a slump.

  • on March 12, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    Shame............. , this what the team not performing well in test matches, then all problems appears.........forget about past and re-group........then Australia can face much more comfortable to face matches. but you cant stop India, because there are in peak now.

  • ribtuhud on March 12, 2013, 2:13 GMT

    As Shane Warne once said "A Coach is something you go to the game in". Shane warne for coach ASAP!

  • on March 12, 2013, 2:07 GMT

    I'm just wondering what is the coach being paid for , is it not to identify flaws and correct them with the players; not asking the players how they can improve but putting them through stringent exercises for they to improve? Just wondering

  • Simoc on March 12, 2013, 1:52 GMT

    Since Hughes has ably demonstrated he can't handle spin in India and Wade shouldn't play with a sprained ankle; Haddin and the rest all get a game . Warner, Cowan, Smith, Clarke, Haddin, Henriques, Maxwell, Starc, Siddle, Lyon, Doherty. Nope, only four batters. Looks like they'll go for Hughes again.

  • Barnesy4444 on March 12, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    He will bowl in the IPL but is too injured to bowl for Australia? Honestly if that's his attitude then go, leave. If I remeber correctly it's bowling in t20 games that have caused all of his injuries!! When Hughes was dropped fron the test team he abandonded t20 to focus on his test game. THAT"S the sort of player we want playing test cricket!!

  • HaveYouGotYourBox on March 12, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Well said, Aasim Saeed! I could never in a million years see Darren Lehmann asking the squad to write anything, let alone something so pointless. You can write impressive prose about how you and going to do this and that, but at the end of the day, it's a question of talent and hard-work at practice. I'm tired of the psycho-babble and the pseudo (sports) science. Keith Miller would have been dropped too, if he had been part of this squad. He certainly would not have come back until management had changed. Bring on Darren Lehmann!

  • Clyde on March 12, 2013, 1:17 GMT

    This is the opposite of what makes Australian cricket successful. It is the logical conclusion of a long period of standing over players, when what is needed is to let them play, emphasis on play. Of course Arthur will go, but things are going to get worse in the meantime.

  • on March 12, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Amazing to see Aussies in trouble..

  • Shaggy076 on March 12, 2013, 0:42 GMT

    If all the Aussies lose out of this incident is Watto and find a renewed committment from any other member of the squad then it is a massive win for Australia. We would only be losing a batsman although appears talented that is averaging under 30 in the last couple of the years. Watto with your batting record and refusing to bowl you are lucky to be in the team so suggest you should be the first bloke towing the line.

  • Dave1970 on March 12, 2013, 0:37 GMT

    The punishment may be hard but the principle is sound. All players were given a simple task to complete & a time frame when to complete it. The task was necessary considering the poor showing the side has given. The four players let the side down by not completing the task. Watson, who is the vice captain, failed to lead by example.

    The four were made an example of, not only because they did not do what was required but because their attitude and discipline was lacking. This is not what we want in our Australian side. This is what current and future players will have to understand and show.

    The current crop of players are receiving an ear bashing from supporters as supporters believe that the players are not good enough. How we forget so fast. S.Waugh, Boon, Hughes, Jones and even Border were harshly criticized back in the 80s when the side failed badly, before some of those players got the consistency in to their game and success followed.

    Time to get behind our cticketers

  • Someguy on March 12, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    @East_West - You do realise that Watson was the one who decided not to bowl, it had nothing to do with Clarke, right?

    If he's not bowling, Watson has done nothing to justify his place in the team.

  • landl47 on March 12, 2013, 0:30 GMT

    Watson's 31 and a senior player- the vice-captain of the side. If there's one person to have set an example to the rest of the team it should have been him. Instead he fails to comply with his coach and captain's request. It's not as though he can say that he's carried his share of the load, either- as the #4 he was a waste of space. I'm wondering whether this wasn't a bit of pouting because he wasn't allowed to open the batting, especially as he's now doing the "I don't care if you don't want me, I don't want to play anyway" number. Pathetic. Enjoy the IPL, Watto- your test career didn't amount to a hill of beans.

    As for those who are saying that Johnson and Khawaja have been hard done by, are you serious? If I hadn't been picked for the first 2 games and the coach asked me for suggestions, I'd be all over it like flies on a dead horse. Play me! I can help! Instead they 'forgot'. What level of commitment is that?

  • on March 12, 2013, 0:27 GMT

    Here's my point Micky (3 not required): Don't axe key players, this should go a long way to not losing I would have thought?

  • on March 12, 2013, 0:22 GMT

    I feel for Watson, Mikey is wrong, loosing couple of test has put the AU selectors on Edge and they are making very rash decision and threatening the palyers, even in last match i think Lyons should have played..Mikey was already using the words like teching them a lession. I pity the coach for his foolishness and definately the pusnishment is too harsh, i dont see how Team Au can bounce back in this tour from this issue let alone Aussie Series. Watson was thier secound best player after clark and was just returning, his wast experiance on subcontinent pitches would have helped but Mikey ruined everything...Wonder why clark did not stop this nonsence, he needs to taka a public stance to back his players. Mikey you better take a trip to Disney, may be thats where you belong.

  • ConradFitzroy on March 12, 2013, 0:06 GMT

    About time some solid action took place to arrest the rotting of team morale. This incident will be looked back on as the all-important "wake up call" for this current team. Strong decisions are needed to wrench this team out of it's slump. There is obviously some attitude within the team and I suspect Watson is at the centre of it. It's no good pandering to players who think they are "above" the team. Also, don't forget it was Watson's indecision about whether he was an all-rounder or just a batter that led to the confusion on the team sheet. How each of these guys deal with this will be very revealing and Watson has already shown his hand...

  • Sunil_Batra on March 11, 2013, 23:57 GMT

    But I feel the leadership of the side has confused the end with the cause. In this case their idea of developing a team culture, and a winning one at that. But that's the problem.You don't build the winning culture first and then have winning come next. It's the other way around. And to get their you need to practice your skills, not critique the teams approach. "Playing hard cricket", will only get you so far. At some point you've got to just keep developing your skills. If they trained as much as they talked, we might be a better side. This over-reaction will only result in a greater us vs them, players vs captain and coach division. Johnson and Khawaja didn't play a game and have been training hard in the nets, Patts is our best bowler and the VC has le You can't criticise individualist players. It's just their nature. That's where being a man-manager really matters. It's understanding who those players are and approaching them differently in order to truly get the best out of them.

  • mar2000 on March 11, 2013, 23:42 GMT

    RAMSK1 , you are so true.

  • on March 11, 2013, 23:21 GMT

    Why ACB is giving so money to coach? Can't he judge the player where he is lacking? All Aussies players are good professionals .If they have not fallowed any instructions given by coach after the series complain to ACB. Not in the middle of the series.They should not demoralize the team with these type of axing.Now England will be very happy that ashes will be in their pocket.

  • on March 11, 2013, 23:19 GMT

    I do not understand what the hum drum is about. If my boss asks me to do some work during or out of hours and I didn't do it, I would expect to be disciplined. What would be next if they let players get away with ignoring instructions from the coach? What would the reaction be if the coach asked a batsman to go after quick runs and the batsmen decided to block in order to protect his own wicket? This would be detrimental to the team's performance. So is ignoring the coach when he requests for input into how they can improve their fortunes on the tour. This is not a result of 'Not doing their Homework' this is a result of them not being able to follow team instructions and that is fair enough. I, along with probably 10,000 other Aussies, would gladly write a 50 page thesis if it meant I could play for my country. These four have shown it doesn't mean that much to them and deserve discipline. Losing Watson - umm, I suppose we'll miss his 20 runs.

  • burnsy7 on March 11, 2013, 23:14 GMT

    everybody is saying how the coach is poor for sending the players home, but the players ingnord the coach! it does suck but it is fair!!!! and watson shouldnt be in the test team! Best 20/20 and ODI but Test he is below par! Unlucky Khawaja ignored team orders, he career is on thi ice now!! And good luck haddin, hopefully wade can play, but it looks highly doubtful so go hads :)

  • Nampally on March 11, 2013, 23:11 GMT

    Australia's 3 best players currently are: Clarke, Watson & Pattinson. Hilfenhaus is another one not in the squad. Australia should build a team around these 4. There is too much hoopla about discipline. For goodness sake, the topmost priority for anyone is their family. If time off does not apply for Watson to be near his wife at the time of their first child birth, it is too bad. Every Nation allows their Cricketers such time off. As for other 3, the reasons were not mentioned. Anyway only pattinson was in the XI. Khwaja & Johnson were dropped in the first 2 Tests.So sending them back without even giving them a chance to play in the XI is another blot on Arthur, who looks like another Dictator - My way or Highway! With this uncompromising attitude of the Coach, there will be no Aussie team. let alone the Ashes. Entire OZ team should boycott & force the Dictator out. That is the only way. World is democratic, gentler & emphathetic place today. Arthur has no right to behave so Wildly!

  • on March 11, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    Simply put: good riddance. He's been out of form for far too long.

  • wellrounded87 on March 11, 2013, 22:46 GMT

    No idea why Khawaja and Johnson are being punished. How can they have improved their performance? by being selected in the XI which both of them should have been in Hyderabad.

    Why don't Arthur, Clarke and the NSP get a punishment everytime they make selection blunders?

    Australian cricket is in complete disarray here. One bad series and it all falls apart. Maybe Shane Warne isn't so crazy after all, we need someone with some gumption and common sense leading Australian cricket, not these spineless cowards who wanna feel like the boss.

  • SnowSnake on March 11, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I guess the four players saw the hypocracy of the whole excercise. There is only one reason that Australia is not playing well-- batting problems against spinning bowling. Did you get that coach? Now, spare everyone of the redundant excercise.

  • on March 11, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    @Stan get real, they aren't going to lose 14 in a row... Watson hasn't delivered on the field since his return and this is clear evidence he hasn't delivered in the leadership department either... He is an excellent limited overs and first class cricketer but hasn't done what he could of at test level, maybe it is time to bring in a younger batsman to take his place in the middle order (say Khawaja, Burns or Doolan)... Make Siddle Vice captain, he leads the bowling attack strongly by example every time he walks onto the field, is so bad to give a bowler the vice captaincy? Maybe even keep Brad Haddin in the side to fill the experience void (as a lower order batsman or wk)

  • Mitcher on March 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT

    The search begins in earnest for a replacement all rounder to bowl no overs and score minimal runs.

  • on March 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Geee......I agree with Shane.,...this is too harsh of a punishment. They should have warned and given a second chance.

  • MinusZero on March 11, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    Watson was on the verge of being dropped anyway. The real winner is Phil Hughes, I hope he makes it count (but India still win)

  • Mary_786 on March 11, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    If I were cynical I would be suggesting that this has now become an out for the selectors. IMHO they did not get neither the selections right nor the strategy for this Indian Tour. Down 2 zip and completey humbled in the process - the selectors have seized on the opportunity to shift the blame for the pour tour onto the players. Johnson and Khawaja didn't play a game so how can they suggest how to improve performance, imagine this happening at work, you would appeal the decision, no doubt that Clake has punished those that are not his favorites and it shouldn't be that way.

  • hycIass on March 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    Not giving the head coach a presentation? Were the bowlers expected to say I want to improve by taking more wickets, thats a novel idea! Can you imagine Ian Chappel's response if told that the likes of Lillee, Thomson and Marsh were being dropped because they didn't give the coach a piece of paper? His response would have had some swear words in it and I'll bet they would've played! Clarke and Arthur should devote their time to seeking assurances from the ICC that International cricket wickets are acceptable.Johnson and Khawaja didn't even play a game yet and i feel bad for them as both may have played the third test. Khawaja after hard work in shield was finaly going to get his test match return. Seems to me the ACB have someone in charge that "walks the walk and talks the talk" rather than a good leader and uses the word "unacceptable" far too often. A South African head coach for Australian cricket??

  • RandyOZ on March 11, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Well this isnt a massive loss and hopefully khawaja can come in

  • mcsdl on March 11, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    Watto should stick to T20 what he does best..! Gayle, McCallum, Pollard, Afridi, Watson they are cut for T20 and Test cricket is too much of an ask for them...!

  • on March 11, 2013, 21:39 GMT

    Hear hear grahaam. I totally agree. The punishment does not match the crime. Sack Arthur I say. Get back to Australian roots. Empower people to play cricket, not crush them. Absolutely absurd.

  • Blokker on March 11, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    Insane team management from Arthur, power has obviously gone to his head. I have a lot of English cricketing friends, and I can tell you, they're laughing their heads off at this massive bungle. Someone should rotate Arthur out of the Australian game.

  • JimmyDee on March 11, 2013, 21:35 GMT

    These are supposed professionals representing at the highest level, being asked to contribute to the teams future endeavors by making a simple presentation. To not even do it, and then whine and moan about it without any remorse, is simply selfish and totally disrespectful to the team, it's structure and directives. I have absolutely no sympathy for them, and especially Watson. His temperament and attitude is perfectly mirrored to Twenty20 i.e a short attention span. Someone who plays victim first and puts the team last is not a leader of men.

  • on March 11, 2013, 21:30 GMT

    @ grahaam thats a bit Harsh on Mickey considering he was the coach who with Graeme Smith masterminded SA's first overseas victories in England and Aus even taking SA from 5th or 6th to no 1 in the world, Sticking with De-villiers and Amla when they were strugggling in the begining and generally setting in place the great foundations for Gary Kirsten to come in and Tweak!

    Australia just dont have the players to compete with the best and if they cant even be bothered to look at themselves and figure out where they need to improve then really they shouldnt be representing their countries!

  • Wefinishthis on March 11, 2013, 21:28 GMT

    If Watson decides to retire from tests, I think he should take this opportunity to lead a no-confidence motion in the leadership. The players don't want this 'player management' rubbish. They don't want to do this powerpoint rubbish. They don't want ODI players picked for test matches instead of shield players. They want to reward performance in the shield for players like O'Keefe, Rogers, Burns and D.Hussey. They want their good bowlers like Bird, Harris and Pattinson back the team (I know Bird was injured but Starc and Siddle were picked over him the first test). Come on Shane, you've got nothing to lose now. IPL will always be there for you.

  • Blakey on March 11, 2013, 21:17 GMT

    A common sentiment through these threads is that these players are 'proffessionals'. I'm sorry but proffessionals don't forget to do things, proffessionals don't put it off for another day. Shane watson's time has been up for more than the past season. He was being kept in hope that he could [provide some leadership as a senior player. Never going to happen, he is too self-centred. This is further evidence to his coveting of a teammates batting spot. So long, farewell.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 11, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    This sounds like a temper tantrum that ended badly. Watson has played loads of tests but still has only one hundred more than Nick Compton, who has played just 4.

  • Nutcutlet on March 11, 2013, 20:52 GMT

    Putting oneself is Shane Watson's boots isn't very difficult. There is he, stuck in India with a tour that's gone pear-shaped; a wife at home about to give birth; a manager who's under seige & asking players to analyse their failures at Hyderabad to a team that has, in all probability, factionalised... Who wants it? 'I'm outta here!' would be the reaction of almost every man I've ever spoken to. As for the future, we may well have seen the last of SW wearing the baggy green. That's a pity because at his best he was a very useful all-rounder indeed. As for the future, it must be highly likely that his contract with CA will be terminated, certainly as far as Test status is concerned. And the future is not as bleak as all that - he can join the ranks of freelancers & earn enough to keep him & his family in reasonable comfort, I think . His wife may think it's a no-brainer given the time that internat. cricketers are away from home these days, even if it doesn't compare to the old ones.

  • Chris_P on March 11, 2013, 20:32 GMT

    Watto, you're a top player in t e shorter format but to be blunt, in first class cricket for the past 3 years you have been a massive underachiever. An average of sub 30 should never get you into a test side as a specialist batsman, never! If you're serious about playing test cricket again, earn the right like everyone else.

  • on March 11, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    shane watson is a great all rounder he should be in the test team

  • on March 11, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    WOW... what can we say really except WOW

  • Backswing on March 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    The three points to get Aus back into the series: 1. Don't treat the players like school children 2. Stop with the rotation garbage and let a team form 3. Get rid of Mickey Arthur Or just point 3, which will fix the first two

  • mahjut on March 11, 2013, 19:51 GMT

    So much sympathy for these 4 players being shown everywhere!!!?? everyone else managed to complete the simple (and to be fair to Arthur, not unwarranted) task! What would have been a more suitable punishment - that would not have left one feeling for the players who actually did what was asked? Although i always wondered at the logic/wisdom of a foreign coach, i have NO sympathy at all for anyone who can't be bothered to do the minimum expected of their colleagues - especially when the colleagues manage to do it ... and three points of improvement - and 24 hours to complete - seems bare minimum! Aus may miss the talented Pattinson (though, perfectly understandably, these are not wickets he's likely to thrive on), but hopefully it'll make him (and Usman) - I don't think Watto or Mitch are ever again going to reach whatever heights they once scaled in Tests - realise there is responsibility and accountability to being a professional ... and like KP, come back and win a Test award.

  • 5wombats on March 11, 2013, 19:48 GMT

    We don't comment on other countries forums as it is usually misconstrued - but here I will make an exception. This whole incident is amazing. Nobody and I'm sure I speak for many many cricket fans all around the world - nobody wants to see players going off and "considering their future" as a result of this kind of action. It's awful.....What on earth is going on?

  • grahaam on March 11, 2013, 18:55 GMT

    Micky Arthur and Australia was never going to work , any one who has been schooled in Southern Africa will realise that the discipline there is proper, this will clash strongly with an Australian relaxed attitude, an Australian coach will soon be in place and Arthur will return to South Africa a wealthy man but average coach, lacking in man management skills and individual character appreciation.

  • yoogi on March 11, 2013, 18:47 GMT

    Actually Pietersion wanted an IPL window and here it is for watson

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Australia had better be very careful how they deal with this issue as they have started a tough stretch very badly. With 2 more games against India, who are tasting blood, and 10 against England, sniffing blood, its not inconceivable Australia could lose 14 games in a row!!!

  • BustIPL on March 11, 2013, 18:39 GMT

    Despite axing, it has now become interesting as to how aussie bench strength works. Two tests are good enough to make the mark and if aussies play three spinners to support Watsonless batting then we can see interesting batting.

  • smudgeon on March 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    I thought Watto's days of dummy spitting and sulking were over. Agree with a lot of comments here - Watto is a brilliant short-form cricketer, but massively underperforms in tests given his ability. Giving up bowling for India felt like it was stripping him of his most useful test contributions - taking some handy wickets when none of the other quicks were having much luck. And for the vice captain - someone who should be LEADING, on AND off the field - to not comply with a simple directive shows he lacks not only basic leadership skills, but is also a massively selfish dude who can't back his captain and coach and lead the team by example. Aussie cricket is at it's lowest in recent memory, and it's behaviour like this from Watto that are taking it further. I guess Watto can always just be a T20 sideshow if being part of a the Aussie test side means so little he can't send his boss a text message.

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:27 GMT

    Since when Ijaz Butt has taken over ACB? Only a person of Ijaz Butt's calibre would have taken such a decision!

    If I was part of OZ Team, I would have flown back with Shane Watson in protest; its a test playing cricket team not a class of kindergarten!

    Why Usman & Johnson have been punished? for being unable to run properly when supplying drink during the breaks!?

    Ridiculous as it can get!

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:25 GMT

    very strange, Aussie is already 2 down and Mr. Coach is making fun like he is playing video game.lolz

  • 200ondebut on March 11, 2013, 18:21 GMT

    This smacks to me of a leadership team that has lost the dressing room - otherwise why impose such a draconian punishment. Long may it continue!

  • oracle199 on March 11, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Get with it people.... he excels at T20 because it's only 3 hrs of Cricket. Any more than that his body gives out. He's a big marshmallow who wants everything his own way. In past tours we've paid for him to have his own physio and nutritionist on tour because he refuses to use the team staff.....and they still can't keep him on the paddock. No other player demands such special treatment. He claims to be an allrounder and, in limited overs formats, he certainly is..... but you cannot pick him as a Test allrounder because if and when he breaks down you've lost a batsman and a bowler - essentially two players! Which means he has to earn selection as a specialist batsman and clearly his form is poor enough to warrant being dropped. To top it off, he ignores a simple team directive. Unacceptable, particularly as an example to the younger, more impressionable players who, in this case, seem to have followed suit. Purge the poison.....don't spoil the brats.

  • couchpundit on March 11, 2013, 18:20 GMT

    Funny no one is seeing hand of Michael Clarke....Micky Arthur is just a tool in this exercise.

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:14 GMT

    Is it a way to Quit/ Leave Squad like this ??? What is the Main Concern about the axe of four ??

    Is it a Mystry/Game Plan or a Planned Script ???

  • ramli on March 11, 2013, 18:10 GMT

    Good one Watson ... see you in IPL .. full-time???

  • Metro-ant on March 11, 2013, 18:08 GMT

    Probably spares these four from an humiliating loss in Mohali. It's great of Micky to finally come out of his shell and put some authority on his position. What people forget is these are professional cricketers. If this was any other profession they probably would have been sacked. This is a good move by Clarke & Arthur as it shows they are not going through the motions after two consecutive defeats as well as showing that the team comes first. I'd like to see India enforcing such discipline on Tendulkar or Sri Lanka taking such action on Sangakkara or Jaya.

  • on March 11, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    What i dont understand is why Khawaja got axed he didnt even get a chance to play... how is one person suppose suggest improvements when they dont even get a chance to play.. mickey sucks as a coach

  • kuttyrsk on March 11, 2013, 18:04 GMT

    Hi How the performance of players to improve between the tests if they have been sitting in first two tests johnson & khajwha And pattison only bowler who performed and watson a decent allrounder.

    Why clarke drop him also because he has perfomred

  • khatanak......... on March 11, 2013, 17:48 GMT

    Really Sorry for Watson...Quite difficult to digest!!!This is gonna from worse to worst .If the coach think this is in team,s favor ,then he is definitely wrong.Instead of 11 if australia play with all remaining 13 players in Mohali,i can bet they will never win. The australia team in Mohali ,From my opinion will be the weakest australian team in last 10-12 years. so best of Clarke and Company,be ready for a huge defeat in Mohali and Hope also in Delhi.

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:45 GMT

    This really spells doom for the Aussies. The only two men who have impressed me so far were Clarke and Pattinson. Now one has grown a big head and other is on to a big journey back home. 4-0 whitewash on cards???

    And don't forget, how it would set up the upcoming Ashes (or should I say the All Important Ashes?). Looks like Aussies have already lost the psychological edge even before a ball is bowled.

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    thats a harsh punishment. mickey arthur should quit the coaching job

  • Matt. on March 11, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Watson hasn't been earning his place in any test side in recent times. This should teach him and everyone that there are no protected species in the australian team. Watson's immature response shows he is not fit for vice captaincy. I do fear this is not good for australia short term, but i think it will be long term

  • SLMaster on March 11, 2013, 17:34 GMT

    Well this is end of era....for AUS. When Ponting left it is all downfall. Clarke is not the same. It is like Clive Loyd left WI...it triggered the downfall and even Viv Richards couldn't fill the gap. It is all about leadeship...leadeship....leadeship....leadeship

  • on March 11, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    Cricket matches are won by skilled players and street smart captains who knows how to use them - the likes of Ganguly and Dhoni to some extent. These kind of managment stuff is good in a corporate environment - not on a cricket field. I am glad that even when we India got slaughtered 4 -0 twice, they did not resort to this kind of crap and mess up team environmen further. Some times when you are not succeeding, it is equally important to just hang on and not totally mess things up.

  • HumungousFungus on March 11, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    Whilst the timing is peculiar, I have no issues with any team management imposing sanctions if they feel that there has been a breach of team directives. However diverting or amusing the subject matter (professional sportsmen writing essays or making presentations), it has been the subject of a team directive, and the players are leaving themselves open to disciplinary sanctions by not complying. It should not be forgotten that these are paid employees of Cricket Australia after all...Too much fuss being made about Watson, who, although clearly an elite T20 / ODI player, is a Test Match player of massive mediocrity. It is obvious that he has talent, but this incident might hint at a lack of discipline and application explaining his continued inability to turn that talent into tangible Test results. Ultimately he and the others could have saved themselves a load of trouble by providing the following responses to team management: "1. Bat better. 2. Bowl better. 3. Field better."

  • shubham.nishad on March 11, 2013, 17:03 GMT

    It is really a harsh decision in case of all the four players, Usman and Jhonson had not even played a single game. What was the coach thinking while asking them for suggestions for improvement, its really hard to guess. In case of Watson, this may well be the end of his career. Anyway he was not performing well in Test Cricket.Its time, he should concentrate on ODIs and T20s, in which he has perform really well. Wish him all the best.

  • CricLook on March 11, 2013, 16:52 GMT

    Really sad day for Australian cricket which is known for professionalism and competitive attitude. CA should investigate the whole matter. I can remember Kevin Petersen saga for England. But ECB took some wise decisions sacking both captain and the coach. That ensured the moral both of management and players perspective. I think the little issue become large. Micky Arthur can not avoid his responsibility along the leadership group. A coach should have the skill to deal this sort of situation technically. Feeling for the players. I wonder, Why australia did not able to find an Australian coach..!..

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    total disaster,current team was too inexperienced to start with,after this its just awful,fly out David Hussey,who they should have picked in the first place

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    I think Michael Clark is behaving like a dictator. I remember Simon Katich saying openly that Michael Clark is the person who is blocking his entry into the team just because they had some arguments in the past, which was verified as true by various factors. There can be no team spirit with a dictator. Also this is not the first time Mickey Arthur has been creating problems. The job of the coach is to be in the background. Mickey Arthur plus Michael Clark; I am wondering how there was not a problem earlier. But apparently this is not a one-off incident because things might have been not so well earlier also; so this is not a sudden happening me thinks.

  • bumsonseats on March 11, 2013, 16:29 GMT

    well to be fair Watson, Hughes and Warner are basically odi /T20 players. they would not have got a look in 5 years ago, that is not just been me writing as a pom, its a matter of fact. Warner was guaranteed his test place before he got his state position secured. Watson has played 40 tests and scored 2 100s. Hughes well what can you say about him, that's not been said before. he must be a bowlers delight,with England rubbing their hands waiting and wishing hes selected for the ashes.

  • on March 11, 2013, 16:14 GMT

    All they had to do was present on three topics. If you can't do that how can you expect to put an effort in to win a test match. Clarke may be a weak captain but that just means the senior guys around him (Johnson and Watson) need to stand up and support him regardless of how pointless they feel something is. Put the ego in the cupboard and work for your country.

  • Big_Chikka on March 11, 2013, 16:06 GMT

    poor old usman and mitchell, agree with some comments about clarke and his cliquey/nepotistic style. ask symonds what he thinks of him.

  • anilkp on March 11, 2013, 16:05 GMT

    There is a story about a man sitting atop a high branch in a tree, but axing the branching point! Do you get it? The branch, chopped off, falls of--alongwith the man himself. The only difference here was, CA was afraid of weilding the axe for itself and hired the spirit of Mickey to chop the branch--and itself--off the tree. Mickey's spirit will fly off, nothing will harm him; it is just that CA would take decades to climb again.

  • street_smart on March 11, 2013, 15:53 GMT

    Sack Mickey 'Mouse' Arthur now....

  • anuajm on March 11, 2013, 15:49 GMT

    Watson has been under immense pressure in the test team, by the Australian fans, media and more importantly his captain. With the number of injuries he has suffered and the start stop career he has had in test matches, i think he has done well. A string of matches together and i am sure he would have performed really well specially when players like Cowan, Hughes are getting a long rope. Australia is not realizing his value. Clarke comes out and say if Watson does not ball, his place is in danger and his competition increases. Such a statement from a captain for the vie captain of the team is uncalled for. For me, Watson is one of Australia's best batsman (yes not allrounder), and given few matches together, he would have done well. Even in India, he has looked assured but has not been able to get those big scores which is expected of him but than who has? I hope all sorts out and Watson has a long and successful test career..

  • Mitch1066 on March 11, 2013, 15:47 GMT

    Well I hope. australia trails know what they doing losing to vital experienced players with Watson and Johnson . And quality seamer like pattingson

  • Ramski1 on March 11, 2013, 15:46 GMT

    Another day in the changing landscape of cricket. Test cricket is no longer the priority. Watson is considering his test future because he has an IPL contract to think about. In the good old days, players retired from the short form to prolong there Test career. Now players are retiring from Test cricket to prolong the IPL careers. Cant blame the players for taking the cash but the public and cricket in general is the loser.

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    Shane Watson is an immensely principled cricketer, a man with sound judgement and a huge commitment to Australian cricket. The decision to exclude Watson by the leadership group is over the top and callous. Poor performance in the first 2 tests will not be rectified by high-handed decisions like this against a player of Watson's stature. Like Moody pondered on interview today, this risks making things worse for team morale and performance.

    Why are the recent greats of Australian cricket (like Taylor, Steve Waugh, Glichrist, Warne, McGrath) not being utilised better to help in this hour of need? Rotation policy and poor team selection have been problems; now we can add this harsh treatment of Watson.

  • vak1997 on March 11, 2013, 15:43 GMT

    It's astounding that Watson has been axed and he hasn't been able to replicate his limited-over performances in tests. He doesn't seem to have any technical issues with his batting. Hope he clicks. He's always a pivotal member of any team he plays for irrespective of the format - excellent in batting, bowling as well as fielding!!

  • VEXXZ on March 11, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    The list rolls on of top players making the negative news . Its like the 20/20 game "full of action".

  • prakdm on March 11, 2013, 15:30 GMT

    He will be missed in English conditions.. wonder why Clarke never made him bowl. he too shouldn't have come in the open about his choices. looks bad on team and captain. ... again clash of egos. He might have wanted T20 captaincy...

  • SirViv1973 on March 11, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    Although his record isn't exactly outstanding as a batsman. On the back of the retirements of Ponting & Hussey, Aus can ill afford afford to loose another experienced batsman this close to the Ashes it would leave Clarke as the only experienced batsman in the top 6.

  • CricketMaan on March 11, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    Mickey getting carried away with Moises success as allrounder? or he thinks Mitchel Marsh will do so!! Watto anyway was not Kallis or never would have come close, but he was as good as you get! In hindsight it will atleast allow Aus to develop someone that will play Tests consistently

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:21 GMT

    Come on Guys this is eliminating any competition for captaincy in future. Watson is professional and same with Johnson. Pattinson is having too much attitude.

  • swat1999 on March 11, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    CA needs to handle this situation. It is happening becouse of absence of Ricky and Hussey. Clerke still not able to handle the situation

  • Manu_reddy on March 11, 2013, 15:09 GMT

    In my opinion clarkey really spoiled wattos test career..under ricky he was doing very well as he had permanent batting slot, although he was not getting huge centuries but he was always scoring 60,70's n occasional hundreds n was seeing off d new ball n helping d batsmen to follow to score big n under ricky his batting average was over 48 but clarkey started shuffling his batting positions bw 1 to 4 giving him unsettled batting position n as a result i think wattos confidence fell short so only he failed to perform in tests to his peak level n his batting average also came down to 30s... Clarkey i have 1 qn for u i e when u r so hesitant to move up d order then how can u keep on shuffling batting position of 1 of d senior member in team?

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I sense a whiff of desperation from Mickey Arthur here. Announcing something like this publicly is not a great PR move for anyone: not for the players involved, nor Mickey Arthur, nor CA.

    Mickey hasn't been in this situation before where the team he is coaching has likely lost a Series in this manner other than the first 2 Series against AUS when RSA coach. Seems like he's overreacted here.

    What may happen: Mickey Arthur either steps down or does not have his contract renewed, depending on how long that has to run. Watto then makes a comeback @ Test level.

  • SG_Styles on March 11, 2013, 15:08 GMT

    I hope Watto wont retire from d tests on dis incident. He's been consistently under stress from d team management for his place in d team - even when he's d vice-caption. They wanted him to open d batting, to bowl n taje wickets. N he too ws trying hard. Now just bcz of nt sending a mail, he's axed.! How could you do that - n that too to a player like Watto? Aussies need him more - atleast for this tour. Is it a class V-VI? To punish players for nt doing d work which they'rnt supposed to do?? How can it improve d morale n team environment.? Seems big mistake..!!

  • Stark62 on March 11, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    Reminiscent of Symonds axing but difference being, this is a bit childish and unnecessary because cricket Aus is going through a rebuilding phase.

  • on March 11, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    Watto is the key player for Australia, and if he is not playing,Australians has put themselves in big trouble ahead of the third test

  • midnightschildren on March 11, 2013, 15:01 GMT

    What was left unsaid in all this was whether Mr Arthur himself was going to make a presentation specifying the three pints where he went wrong and how he was going to rectify these. That should been interesting to the players. Surely, as the head coach he is accountable as well for his performance, for example, why leave out Lyons in the second test…?

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    well, that is not fair but he has been the best cricketer I have ever watched. The way he bowls and the way he bats is unbelievable. I would love to see him back soon for oz's.

  • Lenniesahayi on March 11, 2013, 14:58 GMT

    This is sought after talent being wasted due to ridiculous red-tape.I am disappointed and certainly hope Watto will return soon.

  • Thefakebook on March 11, 2013, 14:54 GMT

    I was really shocked when I read the head line.No way Watto must not quit test cricket.He should quit t20s and if needed ODI as well.He was leaving any way Arthur why axed him?Come on are you kidding me?M.Vaughan is making some sense for 1st time,do the players need to write essays to get selected now? No surprise Usman missed out again.Worst part we may see G.Maxwell part 2.

  • jasonpete on March 11, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    Posted by Ravi Gupta on (March 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT), Dont compare sehwag removal with this exclusion of Australian players.If sehwag plays for Australia,he wouldn't be in the team at all for his fitness ,form and attitude .He is been given a long rope for past two years and Indian team did the best to drop him.Regarding the axing of four players,its unfair ,when two players didn't even play the last two test matches.Its ridiculous to create a havoc just when third test is going to underway in three days time.Hope Watson Dont quit test cricket.

  • TheMeanMachine on March 11, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Micky Arthur has gone delusional, trying to be a father figure instilling discipline into a bunch of professional players and treating them like kids. What is appaling is that Clarke supports this line of thinking and is prepared to sacrifice 4 players from a squad of 16. Havn't they learnt anything from Gary Kirsten / Andy Flower in terms of man-management?

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:49 GMT

    Worst Man-management decisions from Clarke, who has been excellent with his batting in this series. Among the 4 who have been suspended, Pattinson has been a star for the team, toiling hard and getting the results. Watson has shown very ordinary performance so far, even though he has the potential to turn it out a any time. Kawaja and Johnson have not been in contention anyway. Clarke must have been really really upset with the attitudes of these guys, but he could have done it silently, because only Pattinson is an automatic selection! No need to anounce it to the people, just drop them from the 11 that is going to be played, with exception of Pattinson. All this hue and cry could have been avoided. Poor Watson, considering ending his test career! Another childish reaction!!

  • Charlie101 on March 11, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    I think Watson has a big problem in his head . He is prepared to bowl for his IPL franchise but not for his country . Even if he bowled 4 overs a day it would help the Aussie cause . I am sure when he returns home and actually thinks about Test cricket and remembers how important it is he will fully commit himself.

  • suniljoseph on March 11, 2013, 14:42 GMT

    Who is this man Micky Arthur? He has never been a great cricketer. So let the great people like Waugh and Border and Gilchrist and there are a lot of other options. Australia is a country which is not starved of great players, then why unknown people like this can make such harsh decisions. OK, he coached RSA, but if they didn't have the players of the caliber of Kalis, Smith and company, he would have been the worst coach. I really protest against this decision. This is not good for the game of cricket.

  • Captain_Crick on March 11, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    This is sad! Feel sorry for Watto and Aussie cricket.

  • CricketMaan on March 11, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Good news for Royals! Watto will be fresh and fit when IPL starts! Start the tuk tuk.

  • Sudhir65 on March 11, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    I wonder why no reporter asked him as to why he did not provide his input to the coach? Seems to be a simple task. Not doing so shows disrespect.

  • venkatesh018 on March 11, 2013, 14:23 GMT

    Cricket Australia is doing its best to drive its major players out of Tests and straight into the arms of T20 leagues ! I think in 5 years there will be only one nation giving imprtance to Test cricket-England. Unfortunately, there will be no Test team worth competing against them. What a disgrace !

  • Rumjuggers on March 11, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Whar a ridiculous way to coach or lead a team. Mickey Arthur has no idea. He couldn't take star studded SA line up yup #1 and he is no good for Aust.

  • Professor.Biscuit.Khan on March 11, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Now this is getting serious.

    If someone has to go, it is Mr. Artur not Shane Watson. Cricket is Alive because of Top Cricketers like Watson. I understand, Watson and other three players didn't submit the report in time. But the punishment is indeed harsh. A fine or even a warning could have been given before taking such unnecessary step. And btw, Khuwaja and Johnson didn't even the play the matches.What would they write about their mistakes they made in the match ? Strange ! Players give 100% on the field, and if they fail, it is the duty (JOB) of the supporting staff/ Coaches/ mentors etc. to analyze what went wrong NOT players itself.

    It seems CA have not learnt from KP-ECB and Gayle-WICB drama. You can't bully the Cricketers. I'm with Watson and other guys. They deserve to be on the field in Mohali.

    - Indian Fan.

  • Reggaecricket on March 11, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    This seems a little bizarre to say the least. Seems to me Mickey Arthur is looking for a scapegoat. Not a bad thing to ask player for ways to fix a problem, but he is the man paid to look for answers and fix those problems. It would have been better to send Arthur home! On the other hand, people might wonder if he is looking for an excuse to justify a foregone conclusion that Australia will lose the next two tests as well. Wake up, these are professional cricketers not schoolboys.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    If all that they wanted to do was 'punish' indiscipline or non performance, they cd have silently left them out of the team. Why 'humiliate' by public announcement? What actually is the issue? CA needs to dig down and resolve it.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:18 GMT

    Whaaaatt??? Banned for a test because they did not submit an essay on time? Are you serious.. I am an Indian fan but I really feel sorry for Watto. He has a fan following in India (similar to Kevin Petersen). Hope we see you back soon

  • GRVJPR on March 11, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Really surprised by soft words from Indians. They are the number one people when it comes to bashing their own team on petty issue. Remember how kohli was taken apart just because he enjoyed and showed his emotions after scoring a brilliant century!

  • AKS286 on March 11, 2013, 14:16 GMT

    Watson is the Victim of CLARKE"S SENIOR AXING POLICY. He axed all the seniors including Legends.

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:14 GMT

    good decision Watto, the 1st note of decline among the Aussies was appointment of a SA as the coach whereas in Aus itself there are so many greats and former greats

  • SKeshan on March 11, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    Similar story like The contract situation in SLC...hope all get sorted out because Watson is a Star player for Aus

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:08 GMT

    good on watson for heading home. this is an absolute farce, and proves Micky Arthur's reputation is well deserved. i'm also starting to question Clarke, despite his captaincy and ability as a batsman. he seems somewhat divisive- Katich, Hussey, and now this. and Khawaja has attitude problems? if Chappelli says he can't remember anything like this in modern times in Australian cricket- says it all

  • subbuamdavadi on March 11, 2013, 14:07 GMT

    To all people who are sympathizing with Watson (and to Watson too!) - he has not bothered to give a reason as to why he did not comply with Team Management's request. To all people sympathizing with Watson (and to Watson too!) - try doing the same with your boss' orders - howsoever inane they sound. You will find yourself out on your rear in minutes. If 13 can comply, so can 17. It is - at the end of the day, Watson's - and the other three's - fault.

  • ultrasnow on March 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    Welcome to the IPL

  • on March 11, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    good decision watto...this is completely madly decision by CA

  • Narkovian on March 11, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    Never heard of such utter nonsense. Sort of thing you got about 50 years ago for talking ater lights out at Prep School. Truly unbelievable. There's only one guy who should go, and he shares his first name with a MOUSE. The aforesaid mouse pretty much decribes CA at the moment !

  • gsingh7 on March 11, 2013, 14:03 GMT

    what attitude from mickey, punishing for not doing homework. ca is now laughing stock ofthis world. watson should man up and start bowling again. why to retire if u droppedd from 1 game. he seems to be prima dona like kp and afridi

  • rocket_rocket on March 11, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    seriously i am an indian but this news is terrible......how can u axe players for not presenting some paperwork???....shane watson is one of the experienced players in the team...this is just rubbing salt on the wounds.....though watson did not fire in this series so far he looked solid in his brief stay ....and sacking pattinson is one of the stupidest ,dumbest decision with respect to the tour....mind u such decisions would hurt a player's self pride a lot.....a player can digest his exclusion based on his performance but not because of some stupid reasons...mickey arthur's decision is similar to the king mohammad bin tuglaq who replaced gold coins with brass coins during his regime ...

  • Siaer on March 11, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    @AD1072 The absolute worth thing that could happen is the sports ministry getting involved in how Cricket Australia is run. Political interference is the entire reason the Sri Lanka, Pakistan and West Indies cricket boards are such a train wreck.

    Sad to see the four players axed, but if your coach gives you a clear directive, no matter what it is, you damn well do it. There are no ifs and buts about it. This is your job, he is your boss. How many of us can just not do something our boss asks us to? Very, very few.

  • Hammond on March 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Good riddance Watto- the baggy green isn't a right it is a privilege. Go and play the IPL and we will casually forget you and the fact that you never reached your test potential.

  • AKS286 on March 11, 2013, 13:57 GMT

    Now the only one watson is suffered. He is the another victim of Clarke's Senior Axing policy including MJ.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:56 GMT

    I cant understand what CA is up to . They have removed such a professional , experienced all rounder back.CA has gone mad they should apologise to watto and bring him back into the team if they have a wish to win the remaining 2 matches. Arthur should not be allowed to select who will play and who will not.Watson is the best all-rounder for australia in the couple of years. CA are playing cricket not philosophy's on how to improve our cricket aver our defeats. Really :( for watto. Disappointed for CA

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    The Australian team could do worse than find a long term replacement for Watson. He's an inconsistent batsman constantly plagued by injury. He was a shining light opening at a time when our team was struggling, but in that regard he gave no more to Australian cricket that similarly axed Simon Katich. I think it's time to look to the future and a few more decent innings from Watson wont outweigh his failures.

  • KingofRedLions on March 11, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Perhaps, being the vice-captain, he should've thought to follow the basic instructions given to him.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    It's too early for Watson to leave, the guy is barely in his 30's...

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:49 GMT

    I'm going to spend the next few weeks with my family ....watson saying this indicates although he has been axed for third test only.....he may not be coming back to india for fourth test starting from 22 march......very disappointing for a watson fan and as a whole for aussie team

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    What????????????????????????????? Are they cricketers or coaches? Is it their job to find faults in the team? They are barely able to work on themselves. You're going down Australia! Beat 'em India

  • AKS286 on March 11, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Just check out my many previous comments about Clarke's senior axing policy. The only man which is left Is watto. MJ is the another. Clarke divided the team into senior(Haddin), punter's fav.(MJ,Hauritz,Paine) & Clarke's Fav. Clarke's captaincy must be taken off - good for Aus. Clarke axe all the seniors due to respect.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    Will be a loss for cricket if Shane Watson decides to leave cricket. Micky Arthur has certainly gone too far. Yes, his action does sound school-boyish.

  • muthu4664 on March 11, 2013, 13:45 GMT

    I think Watson is the sort of player all domestic leaques like IPL,BPL etc., looking for. So the decision is between country & Leaque.

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    he is on the Money . I bet he wouldnt talk this way , if he felt like he was on a winner . Aussie Cricket , is in trouble .

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Excellent decision taken by the Watson, clarke is doing what MSD did with SEHWAG, I've no doubt he'll came back strongly and even he doesn't even bother about his future as IPL will allow him earn his purse more than what he did with Cricket Australia.

  • real_gone_gadd on March 11, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Even speaking as an England fan, the chaos in the Australian team is depressing. Looks like MA is living up to his unorthodox reputation and that's not going down well...

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Good riddance.... flop of a test batsman and sadly big waste of natural talent , just a mentally 'fragile' individual mostly contributing to all his ills most notably his batting in tests where his criminal waste of promising meddling starts and throwing it all away when a big 100 is for the taking..sums it all about Shane Watto .Shame the maverick A Symonds didn't get as many baggy greens - i.e tests for the All conguering mighty Aus team as Watson ... not anyone's fault just bad luck to be around int. cricket at the time he did !! Would have set some records at test level along with adding box office appeal to tests...

  • Paul_Rampley on March 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I think all this has been blown out of proportion, the players should have got a slap on the wrist but now we face more issues when we are 2-0 down and there is a huge outcry at home against this decision, we need Watson, Khawaja and Pattinson back for the 4th test as all are key to our batting and bowling.

  • msdhoni123 on March 11, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Quit australia and get a indian citizen and play for us watto. We will take you on just as a fast bowler. We will appreciate that very much.:)

  • sunrisers_dktej on March 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Madness Cricket Australia. . .R u running international cricket board or any educational socities. . .Shane dont play again until u get apology from CA...

  • Zaeb on March 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    CA has gone mad, it is really harsh punishment.. they are not 5 year kids to punish them for not completing homework, and they are paid for playing cricket not for making presentations.! Australia on verge of loosing one of the most sought after player.

  • swauzzie on March 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Smart move Watto. Time to reflect on weather 20/20 & one dayers are really a good idea for his injury prone body. Probably best to stick to the shortest format where he can probably get away with being an allrounder & staying fit. - Mayby.

  • AD1072 on March 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Really feel sorry for the guy. More sorry for the game. What a waste of talent. What a waste....!!!! So disappointing. Really disgusted with CA. Australian sports ministry needs to intervene and put people like Border & Waugh (WC winning captains) in charge of CA. Gilly can give great service too.

  • pvwadekar on March 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Hmmm .. very, very naughty Shane .. are u sending a ultimatum to the powers that be ? Should have just done your homework.... Is there dissension in team Australia ? Camp Watson Vs camp Clarke ? Reminds me of what happened between Gambhir and Dohni , Sehwag and Dhoni. Anyway, hope that Watson and his family are ok. They don't need all this tension when his wife is pregnant. Hope everything goes smoothly. He is a valuable all-rounder and can play in all the T20 leagues. IPL, BPL,SLPL, Big Bash, Caribbean T20. You just have to hit the ball there.. no need to do homework or MS powerpoint slides.

  • pvwadekar on March 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Hmmm .. very, very naughty Shane .. are u sending a ultimatum to the powers that be ? Should have just done your homework.... Is there dissension in team Australia ? Camp Watson Vs camp Clarke ? Reminds me of what happened between Gambhir and Dohni , Sehwag and Dhoni. Anyway, hope that Watson and his family are ok. They don't need all this tension when his wife is pregnant. Hope everything goes smoothly. He is a valuable all-rounder and can play in all the T20 leagues. IPL, BPL,SLPL, Big Bash, Caribbean T20. You just have to hit the ball there.. no need to do homework or MS powerpoint slides.

  • AD1072 on March 11, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Really feel sorry for the guy. More sorry for the game. What a waste of talent. What a waste....!!!! So disappointing. Really disgusted with CA. Australian sports ministry needs to intervene and put people like Border & Waugh (WC winning captains) in charge of CA. Gilly can give great service too.

  • swauzzie on March 11, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Smart move Watto. Time to reflect on weather 20/20 & one dayers are really a good idea for his injury prone body. Probably best to stick to the shortest format where he can probably get away with being an allrounder & staying fit. - Mayby.

  • Zaeb on March 11, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    CA has gone mad, it is really harsh punishment.. they are not 5 year kids to punish them for not completing homework, and they are paid for playing cricket not for making presentations.! Australia on verge of loosing one of the most sought after player.

  • sunrisers_dktej on March 11, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Madness Cricket Australia. . .R u running international cricket board or any educational socities. . .Shane dont play again until u get apology from CA...

  • msdhoni123 on March 11, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Quit australia and get a indian citizen and play for us watto. We will take you on just as a fast bowler. We will appreciate that very much.:)

  • Paul_Rampley on March 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    I think all this has been blown out of proportion, the players should have got a slap on the wrist but now we face more issues when we are 2-0 down and there is a huge outcry at home against this decision, we need Watson, Khawaja and Pattinson back for the 4th test as all are key to our batting and bowling.

  • electric_loco_WAP4 on March 11, 2013, 13:33 GMT

    Good riddance.... flop of a test batsman and sadly big waste of natural talent , just a mentally 'fragile' individual mostly contributing to all his ills most notably his batting in tests where his criminal waste of promising meddling starts and throwing it all away when a big 100 is for the taking..sums it all about Shane Watto .Shame the maverick A Symonds didn't get as many baggy greens - i.e tests for the All conguering mighty Aus team as Watson ... not anyone's fault just bad luck to be around int. cricket at the time he did !! Would have set some records at test level along with adding box office appeal to tests...

  • real_gone_gadd on March 11, 2013, 13:34 GMT

    Even speaking as an England fan, the chaos in the Australian team is depressing. Looks like MA is living up to his unorthodox reputation and that's not going down well...

  • on March 11, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Excellent decision taken by the Watson, clarke is doing what MSD did with SEHWAG, I've no doubt he'll came back strongly and even he doesn't even bother about his future as IPL will allow him earn his purse more than what he did with Cricket Australia.