Australia's troubled tour March 12, 2013

Howard doesn't know the real me - Watson

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Shane Watson challenged Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard to research his reputation as a team man among cricketers around the country and denied he had any major problems with the captain Michael Clarke on his early return home from the India tour.

Having left Chandigarh to spend time with his pregnant wife following his dumping from the team for the third Test alongside James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja, Watson declared Howard did not know him or the game well enough to make the contention that he only "sometimes" does the best thing for the team.

"All I can really say is go around and ask every person I've ever played cricket with and that will give you the best indication of whether I'm a team man or not," Watson said at Sydney airport. "Pat Howard doesn't particularly know me very well. He's come from a rugby background and hasn't been in and around cricket very long. I think the best people to ask are the people I've played cricket with and they'll be able to give their honest opinion."

As for Clarke, of whom Howard said he and Watson had to "sort their issues out", the vice-captain insisted their relationship was strong. Watson also revealed he had spoken to Clarke immediately after landing in Australia following the airing of Howard's comments.

"The way relationships work, there's always ups and downs like there is in marriages, friendships and everything," Watson said of Clarke. "I've been playing cricket with and against Michael Clarke since I was 12. We've got a lot of history as people. We're obviously quite different people in certain ways but very very similar in a lot of ways as well.

"In the end, like you do in every relationship, it goes up and down and things are going really well at the moment with me and Michael. With Pat Howard, he's only come on board the last year and a half. Myself and Michael go a little bit further back than a year and a half."

Maintaining his view that the sanctions for four players having failed to send in feedback ahead of the third Test was extremely harsh, Watson noted how many bouts of injury and rehab he had battled through to keep playing for Australia.

"I, with a few other guys, took it as leading into the Test match and I got that extremely wrong, which meant that it's cost me a Test match," he said. "They [the leadership group] obviously thought that was the right decision for the team at this point in time. I accept that I did the wrong thing with what I did, but I will always find it very hard to accept being suspended from a Test match for my country. 
 "I've missed Test matches and games through injury throughout my career. I feel like I've worked my absolute bum off to have an opportunity to represent my country. When that's taken away from you, you think the actions must be very severe. That's where we differ on our opinions. I think it's extremely harsh. I expressed my extreme disappointment with the punishment. But everything happens for a reason in your life."

Watson's father has spoken of how a future without international competition may be comfortably filled by Twenty20 duty in the IPL and for other clubs, and the sometime allrounder said he would be carefully weighing up his love of the game and the hurt this suspension has caused him.

"It'll give me a chance to reflect on what's really happened over the past couple of days and be able to absorb what's happened and have a think about where things are at," he said. "I absolutely love playing cricket. I love nothing more than being able to have the opportunity and privilege to represent my country. That's something that, when it was taken away from me with this suspension - well, the guys back in India know how much it hurts me."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • r_sid on March 12, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    The biggest loser of this unfortunate axing saga could be Usman Khawja. He was likely to play in Mohali test - an opportunity he has been waiting for many months. He has blown it. If Phil Hughes plays and shows some semblance of understanding spin bowling, it will be difficult to drop him from the fourth test. And why would you. Let him gain the experience and become a better all-round batsman that a number thee should be. He seems to have an upper hand for the upcoming English tour anyway. That further reduces Khawja's chance of making it in the playing eleven. Besides, what has Khawja shown against spin? We also read bits and pieces about his attitude. To be fair to him, I am not sure if there is such a problem. But it has appeared in print media. Then there is the run out in the ODI where critics say he doesn't show the urgency. Again, it's very debatable. Ian Chappell thinks he is a bit laden footed and not an ideal number three. With so much going on, he should have been the first

  • ToTellUTheTruth on March 13, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Wait...wait for a minute!!! Isn't this guy not even a feature of an ODI side sometime back? Well, may be I was stuck in the flashback, but Oz seems to be struggling a lot...to make this guy a VC (though never performed in a test with the bat or ball). He was good at bashing up on the minnows...sure. A Vice captain? Surely, that is a promotion he did not deserve. Leave him alone to ply his T20 mercenary trade. He seems to be good at it. A team does not need a vice captain anyways. Just point to one player in the team and say he is the captain for this session/match.

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa on (March 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT) Maybe Clarke aint the best at dealing with players but how the hell can you say he doesn't lead from the front and he's hiding down the order etc. If he came significantly up the order

    A - His form might dip B - Who is there to give them stability in the lower middle order now Hussey's gone.

    If averaging what he has done in the last few years - esp as he so often comes in when Oz are in huge trouble - isn't leading from the front then what is?

  • zenboomerang on March 13, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @ satishchandar... Do try & get your facts right... Watto is the worst performing current top 7 batsmen since being named VC 2 years ago with an average @25.2 over that time while the bowlers Patto @31 with Starc slightly lower @24... Watto's bowling has also been very poor (except 2 dud pitches at Gallle & Cape Town) with an average well over 40.. He should have been benched a long time ago...

  • Charlie101 on March 13, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I think Watson is digging a deeper hole for himself every time he speaks. His handling of this affair makes KP's youtube and general media savy look excellent in comparison !!! Pattison has the right attitude and will come back a wiser and better cricketer.

  • on March 13, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Shane Watson is a Real Team Man Player....His immings against england 161 not out...his innings in champions trophy in india....He is the Best T20 Player.....He is one of the Best Allrounders in world cricket....Respect Shane Watson Simply love the way He Plays His Game....

  • on March 13, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Australia will lose again and rather praising India for victory people will give excuses for these 4 guys being absent.

  • hodge4pm on March 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Claydo78@ I was getting your point until I saw "Cummings", It's Cummins and mate he's our best bowler hands down!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Clarke is a poor captain. Doesn't lead from the front, hides down the order and has favourites when it comes to team selection. Its quite clear that clarke and watson dont see eye to eye. People blaming the coach for this mess are seriously mistaken, there some ingrained personality clashes within the oz team. Proof is that khwadja has stil not been selected for a game yet, obviously not one of clarkes favourites.

  • CricketFollowers on March 13, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I dont know many fans are commenting Watson for his ego and form. He is the best player now Aus has got. CA should act fast and fix this problem otherwise the team players relationship will be in turmoil. I dont think its Watson or Clarke, someone like Arthur might play a role of "Divide and Rule". Chappel did the same thing to India few years back and now Mickey is doing to Aus. I dont know why coaches are turning like a teacher instead they should treat them as a friend and get the best out of them. Coaches should be highly approachable not the other way round. If you find something wrong aboyt a player in the past why did you selected him for the tour and selecting him and saying that he dont have a good attitude dont sounds good. I like the way Waugh and llyods captained their side imagine the greats played under their side. They would have just played cricket not mind games as these players do. You can't sack players because of losing two matches.

  • r_sid on March 12, 2013, 15:13 GMT

    The biggest loser of this unfortunate axing saga could be Usman Khawja. He was likely to play in Mohali test - an opportunity he has been waiting for many months. He has blown it. If Phil Hughes plays and shows some semblance of understanding spin bowling, it will be difficult to drop him from the fourth test. And why would you. Let him gain the experience and become a better all-round batsman that a number thee should be. He seems to have an upper hand for the upcoming English tour anyway. That further reduces Khawja's chance of making it in the playing eleven. Besides, what has Khawja shown against spin? We also read bits and pieces about his attitude. To be fair to him, I am not sure if there is such a problem. But it has appeared in print media. Then there is the run out in the ODI where critics say he doesn't show the urgency. Again, it's very debatable. Ian Chappell thinks he is a bit laden footed and not an ideal number three. With so much going on, he should have been the first

  • ToTellUTheTruth on March 13, 2013, 20:53 GMT

    Wait...wait for a minute!!! Isn't this guy not even a feature of an ODI side sometime back? Well, may be I was stuck in the flashback, but Oz seems to be struggling a lot...to make this guy a VC (though never performed in a test with the bat or ball). He was good at bashing up on the minnows...sure. A Vice captain? Surely, that is a promotion he did not deserve. Leave him alone to ply his T20 mercenary trade. He seems to be good at it. A team does not need a vice captain anyways. Just point to one player in the team and say he is the captain for this session/match.

  • JG2704 on March 13, 2013, 20:13 GMT

    @TommytuckerSaffa on (March 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT) Maybe Clarke aint the best at dealing with players but how the hell can you say he doesn't lead from the front and he's hiding down the order etc. If he came significantly up the order

    A - His form might dip B - Who is there to give them stability in the lower middle order now Hussey's gone.

    If averaging what he has done in the last few years - esp as he so often comes in when Oz are in huge trouble - isn't leading from the front then what is?

  • zenboomerang on March 13, 2013, 10:34 GMT

    @ satishchandar... Do try & get your facts right... Watto is the worst performing current top 7 batsmen since being named VC 2 years ago with an average @25.2 over that time while the bowlers Patto @31 with Starc slightly lower @24... Watto's bowling has also been very poor (except 2 dud pitches at Gallle & Cape Town) with an average well over 40.. He should have been benched a long time ago...

  • Charlie101 on March 13, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    I think Watson is digging a deeper hole for himself every time he speaks. His handling of this affair makes KP's youtube and general media savy look excellent in comparison !!! Pattison has the right attitude and will come back a wiser and better cricketer.

  • on March 13, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Shane Watson is a Real Team Man Player....His immings against england 161 not out...his innings in champions trophy in india....He is the Best T20 Player.....He is one of the Best Allrounders in world cricket....Respect Shane Watson Simply love the way He Plays His Game....

  • on March 13, 2013, 7:22 GMT

    Australia will lose again and rather praising India for victory people will give excuses for these 4 guys being absent.

  • hodge4pm on March 13, 2013, 7:21 GMT

    Claydo78@ I was getting your point until I saw "Cummings", It's Cummins and mate he's our best bowler hands down!

  • TommytuckerSaffa on March 13, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    Clarke is a poor captain. Doesn't lead from the front, hides down the order and has favourites when it comes to team selection. Its quite clear that clarke and watson dont see eye to eye. People blaming the coach for this mess are seriously mistaken, there some ingrained personality clashes within the oz team. Proof is that khwadja has stil not been selected for a game yet, obviously not one of clarkes favourites.

  • CricketFollowers on March 13, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    I dont know many fans are commenting Watson for his ego and form. He is the best player now Aus has got. CA should act fast and fix this problem otherwise the team players relationship will be in turmoil. I dont think its Watson or Clarke, someone like Arthur might play a role of "Divide and Rule". Chappel did the same thing to India few years back and now Mickey is doing to Aus. I dont know why coaches are turning like a teacher instead they should treat them as a friend and get the best out of them. Coaches should be highly approachable not the other way round. If you find something wrong aboyt a player in the past why did you selected him for the tour and selecting him and saying that he dont have a good attitude dont sounds good. I like the way Waugh and llyods captained their side imagine the greats played under their side. They would have just played cricket not mind games as these players do. You can't sack players because of losing two matches.

  • on March 13, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    Karma or Irony. Remember Haddin making jokes on Indian team's unity after 3rd test defeat at Perth last year that Indians break quicker than anyone, are fragile etc. Ironic & exactly the reverse conditions in which he had flown in India now. Answer Mr. Haddin.

  • HarishVaranasi on March 13, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    As a captain he should back his players no matter who much deep the trouble is...not fair pup, not fair!

  • Ozcricketwriter on March 13, 2013, 6:14 GMT

    It seems now that every single international management staff is doing some absurdly bad things. Up until now, all that Australia had done wrong was silly selections; but now they are banning 4 players for not doing their homework, and potentially losing their best all-round cricketer in Shane Watson. It is a pity that they didn't learn from the Kevin Pietersen and Chris Gayle debacles, and had to do it the hard way by making the exact same mistakes themselves. This will cause problems for the Australian team long after we forget about just how badly this team has performed on this tour to India. All of the benefits of the Argus Review have been destroyed in one single decision by coach Mickey Arthur.

  • Alexk400 on March 13, 2013, 6:00 GMT

    I seriously think Clarke should be stripped of captaincy. Simple decision for me. I still think he is good captain. I know he wants to win but this is not the way you make a winning team. This things do not happen over time. This kinda i am bigger than all you attitude clarke showing is a bad leadership. He is saying my way or no way. The thing is this aussie team is not talented enough. You can not win by being there , Aussie lost because they fail to take 20 wickets. They do not have good bowler except pattinson. That too he do not bowl long spell. Also they could not hold one end and to apply pressure. Basically bad selection and bad coaching by micky arthur. There will be always different type of character in the team. Some are good in something and some are bad. I prefered they dump all the players once series over than mid series. But i think micky and clarke prefer shock value more than solving problem. Bottom line if there is no talent there , all dirty laundry comes out.

  • SaifS on March 13, 2013, 5:39 GMT

    I want to read something about Indian team now and about the upcoming test match. Enough of this "Aussie" stuff please. This is spoiling all the fun of test cricket. I request espncricinfo to put up a match preview asap. Thank you very much!

  • on March 13, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Clarke will destroy cricket Australia. he mishandled Symonds, than made issues with Ponting, viewing all this Hussey went away and now he is on a mission to ruin Watson career. if you can not show control over certain players than you have leadership problems. Clarke has to lead a cricket team to play a game he is not leading an army to set discipline standards. the truth is, Clarke is feeling insecure about his captaincy and all these above mentioned were always potential leaders for CA. so he is creating issues with them. on the other hand Clarke's captaincy has been below par right from the team selection and than handling them on field. CA need to think seriously about future as we the cricket fans arround the world want to see competitive cricket from team Austrlia.

  • satishchandar on March 13, 2013, 4:36 GMT

    @zenboomerang : Watson comes to press meet after the team meet. The team says this is his role and Watson had to agree it and maintain in the press that he enjoys that role. Why does the team change his role very often? Why not play him as their opener always? Can't Cowan play at 3? Cowan is not even performing like Watson. When Watson gets going, he will end up in 90 but Cowan's best effort will take him to a 150 ball 40. Team's stand on his role is what that changes Watson's stand every now and then. Strongly felt that he should be either opener or no.6 with Clarke promoting himself to 4, Watson will be the next no.5 when he is back in the team. Again a new role.

  • Claydo78 on March 13, 2013, 4:17 GMT

    I dont really see what the fuss is about! 4 blokes broke team rules and they have been punished for it, the only person that is whinging about the episode is watson! Which is typical of the bloke, he couldnt handle bowling and opening the bat so he whinged, doesnt like batting at 4, so he whinged, he cant handle bowling and batting at 4 so he whinged, now all he does is bat and he is still whinging! The australian team is alot better off without him in the team, henriques is a much better player, is younger and isnt as injury prone! The tragedy here is someone at CA made watson vice captain, once again another clueless selection in a long list of clueless selections! Lyon, cummings, beer, hastings, smith, maxwell, quiney etc.

  • on March 13, 2013, 4:04 GMT

    A tour disaster would result in such things. Dhoni must be chuckling quietly. Fortune is really favoring Dhoni.

  • amit.chippa on March 13, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    Okay, after reading All the News from last Two days... My point of View is: "I'm sensing THE MIND GAME here in which Oz's are Masters." Don't blame me if my prediction comes True! Probability of this prediction is very Less but You never know How Oz can play with your Mind. They know how to Play Game On and OFF the Field too. Better Stop writing Oz's off just by the News and Wait till this Test gets over.

  • Clyde on March 13, 2013, 3:23 GMT

    Australians don't like dictatorships or their theories. The Argus report should have been read and thrown away. Clarke needs to be dropped as a selector. Australians like the separation of powers. Few players have been strong enough not only to play well but fight off the administrators. Talent has been foregone in favour of sycophancy. Bamboozlement with jargon has fooled a large proportion of the pundits. I am not interested in a team that wins and is more than the sum of its parts. I want players to play their best, repeat theirs, not someone else's, and a captain who can use these talents to play to win. The fact is, Clarke has lost twice and blamed, and even retaliated against, his players, whom he also has to select and dismiss, if only by agreement with other selectors. Selectors are their to choose talent and captains to apply it. There is the gordian knot. Cut it by re-appointing Clarke captain and not selector.

  • Apty on March 13, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    I have no problem with Howard wanting the players to have a think about what has gone wrong and how to improve for the future, but sacking 4 players because they didn't do it is not the way to handle the situation. I get the feeling there is more going on behind the scenes than anyone is letting on. Elite sport has become too 'management-driven' IMO. Aussie cricket does not exist to give Pat Howard a bit fat paycheck. It exists to have the best players taking the field to provide entertainment for the audience. If there was a failure, then Pat should have looked for solutions to ensure his players would agree to his methodologies, or adapt and develop new strategies. If he continued to fail, it should be Pat Howard who was sent home because he was unable to function as an effective manager. Come on, Cricket Australia. Let's see the best team take to the field, and realise they are all human and are not going to succeed every single day.

  • VivGilchrist on March 13, 2013, 3:11 GMT

    This is just Arthur diverting the attention off his poor coaching methods.

  • zenboomerang on March 13, 2013, 3:03 GMT

    "Howard doesn't know the real me - Watson"... Pretty hard not to know the real you - we just have to read your weekly press releases to get an idea of where your head is at...

    I should open the batting - I'm retiring from bowling - I will bat anywhere - I need to bowl more - I like batting at no.3-4 it will help my bowling - Still very keen to play for Oz - Only a batsman now - I'll bowl for my IPL team next month - I may (or not) bowl in the Ashes - I'm thinking of giving up on Test cricket...

    Yes that is the thoughts of our vice captain on his position within the Oz team - no wonder that Clarke, Arthur, Dovey, Howard have no idea on what to expect from Watto next... Watto is one of the major reasons for disruption of the Oz top order batting with his frequent injuries & if returned to the team must never bat higher than no.6...

  • farkin on March 13, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    watson your to injury prone go play ipl bbl and other short forms of the game . you did the wrong thing now live with it

  • on March 13, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    Ind tour Aus. Rift between Captain MSD and Vice captain Gauti. Aus tour India rift between Captain Pup and Vice captain Watto. I guess both the countries need to stop touring each other based on rift disciplinary actions.

  • ozzierulze on March 13, 2013, 2:15 GMT

    So they were suppose to submit three points , to improve the team's performance. So pretty much all who did submit their answers, obviously lied . What would have happened if they all had posted or submitted these choices ,...remove Clarke as captain , ship Arthur back to South Africa and fire all selectors.? Where would their honest opinions carried them in the future ????

  • _Pog_ on March 13, 2013, 2:12 GMT

    Sorry Watto, but if Pat Howard surveyed players to find if you are a team player or not I think that you'd be sadly disappointed. There's little evidence that you are a team player - you want to bat where you want, bowl when you want and you use up a disproportionate number of DRSs. You can't make up your mind if you want to play for Tasmania, Queensland or NSW. Going home in a huff is just further evidence that you're not a team player.

  • on March 13, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    For Australia's sake CA made Watson to play this series, eventhough after knowing that he is not 100% fit also he will not bowl....but now they are juggling with him very sad really, I dont like when Watson plays well against India but really I do have loads of respect and admiration for Watson....Hope he will come out of this slump quickly.......

  • ConradFitzroy on March 13, 2013, 1:18 GMT

    Watson is far too self-focused to see beyond himself and his own petty problems. We are trying to build a test team here. We will look back on this incident as the absolute rock bottom moment we had to have to start the real rebuilding of Australian Test Cricket. As for opinions on Clarke, Arthur et al - people will always have opinions either way but Clarke's performances as batsman and captain speak for themselves and Mickey Arthur doesn't have the luxury of a team of superstars like Buchanan did. Let's not lose sight of the goal here - to regain the number one Test cricket mantle and everyone, including Watson, Khwaja, Johnson and Pattinson should be on board. Hope Cowan gets a ton in Mohali !!

  • Reggaecricket on March 13, 2013, 1:15 GMT

    This sadly is Australia's loss. Watson is 31, has played for Australia who now seem to have wronged him. There is a lot of Cricket in him, which he can continue to pay for the many franchises that will love him. I wish him well, he is a genuinely nice bloke and a great player who is a delight to watch.

  • Flemo_Gilly on March 13, 2013, 1:13 GMT

    Clarke and Watson need to work out their issues. Howard should stop critising Watson who is a 2 times AB medal winner. Realistically, we need to stop creating reasons not to pick players. They're not team players, they didn't do their homework, they might get injured, they have a technical deficiency. blah blah blah. How about we go back to the trusted old method of picking the XI best players you've got. Regardless of how they gel as a team. Focus on winning first. Then you can worry about that other stuff.Pattinson is our best fast bowler, KHawaja our best young batsman and both are hard workers and will come through stronger out of all this.

  • on March 13, 2013, 1:12 GMT

    Shane Watson made a big fuss before the tour to India by saying he wanted to open and from that it seemed Cowan's place in the side was being affected by Watson's concern as to where he would bat. This kind of grandstanding doesn't work and Watson has shown he needs a bit more mettle (and less money) to be any good for Australia. Ashes touring squad try this: Clarke, Bailey,D Hussey,Warner, Cowan, Doolan, Paine,Bird, Pattinson, Starc, Wade,Lyon, Siddle, Johnson, Hendriques, Smith, Chris Rogers. George Bailey vice captain...although he and Clarke dont often appear in the same side...wonder why?

  • AidanFX on March 13, 2013, 1:09 GMT

    Too many cheifs per indians perhaps? Arthur endorses Watson and says this was an abberation for him. Howard says he is a team man "sometimes". The leadership here is a mess. And what kind of PR skills does Howard have (or lack) - one, he insults one of his own in the most condescending way - at least a little more tact (if he so believes Watson has issues of team support). He can word himself better and keep the rest in house. - 2 Then he goes ahead and gives the press a field day "those two need to sort there differences out" - not good PR.

  • on March 13, 2013, 0:56 GMT

    I agree with graeme26 and Brett Maes. What a mess. Arthur needs to learn about human relations and human management. Massive mess.

  • CoverDrive888 on March 13, 2013, 0:28 GMT

    This whole thing really calls the behaviour of the management team into question. Line in the sand - what rubbish!! You don't get to this level without being dedicated. You can't criticise Clarke for his on-field performances, either as batsman or captain, but I really wonder if being a selector is appropriate. He seems out of control with the power aspect. More importantly though and like I said on another article - Arthur out, Boof in!!

    And all this stuff about Khawaja - if he's a bit slow or doesn't always have a beer with the boys doesn't matter if he's a better batsmen than the other options. We're desperate for good batsmen so get him in and give him some experience. Work on the things you want him to develop while he's getting time in the middle.

  • jmcilhinney on March 13, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    Unfortunately, this looks like degenerating into airing dirty laundry in public. It seems like Australia haven't learned too much from England's handling, both good and bad, of the whole KP saga. Obviously Arthur et al felt that suspending players was the most appropriate course of action but that has had the effect of drawing intense public scrutiny from the entire cricket world. With so much public attention, matters that probably should be dealt with in private have been drawn out. Better that they get dealt with in public than not at all but it would have been better if the action taken to discipline the players who offended on this and previous occasions could have been a bit more on the down low and issues like this tension, either real or imagined, among Clarke, Watson and Howard could have been handled without anyone else being the wiser.

  • InsideHedge on March 12, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    Arfur spends too much time on Twitter, it should be pointed out. I wonder if his job description states "coaching the Australian cricket team".

  • on March 12, 2013, 23:50 GMT

    I have been following Australian Cricket for more than 60 years I fail to understand from where did Arthur come from? His appointment caused this problem. Aren't there anyone in Australia who is sensible to coach select etc.

    Come on Australia wake up. Dump 20-20 Cricket and everything would fall in place.

  • bharath74 on March 12, 2013, 23:44 GMT

    I think Watson is the best player Australia has had in the recent times, u got to give him time and trust him not just sack him.

  • nicko65 on March 12, 2013, 23:40 GMT

    And Clarke, and Symonds, and M Hussey and D Hussey and Katich, one name just keeps popping up there umm!!!

  • on March 12, 2013, 23:33 GMT

    the Guys who were dropped would be gutted, to be dropped and not to represent your country when you have been training hard and putting in the hours then to be dropped because of the homework issue, and for poor Usman, he has been dying to get a game along with MJ, telling them to do homework on how do they think they can make the team play better is stupid, especially when there NOT PLAYING!!! we need management who aren't dictators or have a power trip, we need guys who can inspire a team, when Craig McDermott was bowling coach you could see how our fast bowler fired up, they took everything he said and they took it out on the field, our team need to be Inspired to greats not bossed around by the likes of Arthur's Howard and Sutherland Clarke needs to step down as selectors and just be a Cricket Captain.

  • drnaveed on March 12, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    last night , i saw a dream.at the end of the 3rd test ( which Aus lost yet again ), mr arthur, again called upon his players , the next morning ,and told them that this time , he would like the players to give verbal suggestions ,instead of written suggestions in the meeting . to his surprise , when he immediately checked his emails, he found suggestions from all the players in written,even before he had asked them to do so vebally. this time again , he decided to take action against them, that why they have given suggestions in written , when the players were asked to give it verbally in the meeting ...............................

  • Snick_To_Backward_Point on March 12, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    Deep breaths RandyOz, deep breaths.

  • Mary_786 on March 12, 2013, 23:24 GMT

    @r_sid Khawaja is among our best young batsman, we all know he is a very good player of pace but he has improved alot against spin and i expect him to come back strong along with Watto in the 4th test. Folks seem to be assuming that the decision by Arthur and Clarke to request input was reasonable. The four players concerned may have felt the problems lay with selection and the leadership, and they may well be right. Perhaps this had been expressed by the VC on a number of occasions but not well received by Clarke and Arthur. In such a situation, the request to provide feedback about personal improvement seems rediculous as it will do nothing to improve the situation. In fact compliance would entrench the leadership dysfunction.Clarke and Watson need to sort our their issues otherwise it will not only cost us this series but also the ashes.

  • D-Ascendant on March 12, 2013, 23:08 GMT

    Good grief! There is so much that ails Austrian cricket!

  • creekeetman on March 12, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    the real you should be batting at 6, and bowling your heart out when called upon.

  • tommo105 on March 12, 2013, 23:00 GMT

    This is quite wonderful, from a little crowded island to the north west of France! The Aussies washing their dirty linen (and it is clearly very dirty) in glorious technicolour, for all the world to see. I'm almost tempted to be sorry for them but no, no chance. The likes of the greats of yesterday Warnie, Gilchrist, McGrath, Lee, Hayden, Langer, Ponting must all be tempted to come out of retirement. They should do. Until this bunch of losers get a grip. Roll on summer. Our (British) summer.

  • whoster on March 12, 2013, 22:34 GMT

    The reason Australia are losing is because they've only got one batsman and one bowler. With Pattinson being Australia's only dangerous bowler in this series, they're even more likely to get thrashed without him. I can't see how Arthur and Clarke's sudden ruthlessness is going to help the side. There's several players in the Aussie team who've yet to prove themselves in Test cricket - and I can't see how taking such an unprecedented step in axeing four players is going to help morale. Having said all that, from an English perspective, this constant bungling by the Aussie management, along with their selectors, has made for thoroughly uplifiting entertainment.

  • AndrewFromOz on March 12, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    Watson has never been the most mature of cricketers. Now that he can't bowl in tests and his batting is arguably not enough to put him in the 11, he is more suited to 20/20 hit and giggle where he only has to bowl 4 overs and doesn't really care about the result. So off to the assorted Banglalankastan "premier" leagues.

  • landl47 on March 12, 2013, 22:17 GMT

    Nothing Watson has said throughout this affair has sounded like a team player. It's all sounded like "I'm being hard done by". Pattinson has recognized that failing to follow the coach's instructions is not acceptable, and he's 23 and played well in the first two games. Watson hasn't and he's 31, the vice-captain and failed 4 times in the first two tests.

    Watson is a promising batsman who has never fulfilled that promise and a useful 4th seamer who can't bowl and bat in the same game. A lot of people seem to think he's a great test player, but his record, both statistically and in his performances when the chips are down, doesn't bear that out. He's a good limited overs player who has never made a significant mark in test cricket.

    Aus would be better off relegating him to limited overs cricket and finding players who can perform in the 5-day game- preferably without whingeing.

  • makeshift on March 12, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Wow Aussie cracking/falling apart- cannot cope with failure

    The coach should be sacked for failures and not suspending players

    I am loving this !!!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on March 12, 2013, 21:16 GMT

    Time to sack Arthur, Inverity and Clarke. More players need to come through the academies because the current lot just aren't good enough. And the Australian cupboard is empty. This rebuilding phase could take years. It should start now.

  • yuvi_fan on March 12, 2013, 21:14 GMT

    @ Thefakebook. Completely agree. Although I dislike Ricky Ponting for various reasons, but for CA he was a savior. This sort of event would have never happened under Ricky's belt, he was a great leader for CA. Clark is just singing at Arthurs tune.

  • graeme26 on March 12, 2013, 21:12 GMT

    What a shambles. Arthur is obviously completely out of his depth. You don't normally find a coach saying "Hey guys I've run out of ideas so I need some from you". His man management is also inept. Having come up with this screwball idea out of the blue which must have been a big shock to the players, particularly the younger ones he should have at least sent a reminder on Friday of the Saturday deadline rather than coming down like a ton of bricks on those who had failed to comply. The two younger players must be totally shell-shocked by what has happened and the overall result can only be a further lowering of morale which was already rock bottom. Watson was rightly indignant of the treatment he has received only to receive another kick in the goolies from Howard for a perceived lack of team spirit. He could not be blamed for giving two fingers (or perhaps just one) to the Australian management and plying his trade freelance in T20's. But why has Clark allowed this to happen?

  • Davcunto_Gravitas_Don_Statman on March 12, 2013, 20:42 GMT

    The spirit of aussies was crushed by the hyderabad defeat, there are the after effects..i predict 4-0 and dark times for aussie cricket.

  • robbiem62 on March 12, 2013, 20:16 GMT

    This could not have come at a worse time leading up to back to back Ashes Series. From the outside it looks like sometimes Michael Clarke tries to be the players "Mate" and that does not go well for team performance. He needs to learn from captains such as Mark Taylor and Steve Waugh. Both had tremendous respect among the players but both had a no nonsence approach. Team came first and individuals and their egos had to fit in with the team. Clarke must do this and surely if the vice captain does not follow a directive from team management then that would spread through a team. Watson as vice captain has his number one team job listed as "Support the captain." He failed to do this. Not only that he often plays as a specialist batsman and his test record is poor as he often gets out playing a poor shot and this is not what you need from a "Team Player." This could be a golden opportunity to give someone like Joe Burns a go looking to the future. The team must always come first.

  • on March 12, 2013, 19:32 GMT

    I really feel for both Watson and for Clarke. As with many things in the cricketing fraternity, this is becoming a major issue when then should be none.

    Micky Arthur is a good coach; however, he has his failings. Based on his accomplishments with SA, and taking the comparisons of his coaching style compared to Gary Kirsten, based on observations through the reports of Cricinfo writers, it seems that Micky takes a very regimented approach with his players and coaching methods.

    When guys are naturally committed already, and can use their own initiative - which Watto clearly is - this regimented approach can often times be detrimental to players. Coaching at this level is mostly man-management, which the coaching staff seem to be showing failings in. Perhaps it is Pat Howard that should be writing a report on how to improve his own performance? Making a player of the quality of Watto feel the way he is feeling now, does not seem to be bringing out the best in him.

  • Thefakebook on March 12, 2013, 19:26 GMT

    Ever since Pup Clarke taken over as captain Watto's career took a turn for the worst.Don't get me wrong I'm the biggest MJ Clarke fan,what I'm saying is Clarke sees Watson as Keith Miller and Ponting saw him as Shane Watson.

  • on March 12, 2013, 19:07 GMT

    Funny to see Aussies disintegrate in such a way. I have always been wondering how Indians can suddenly lose rapport, fighting spirit after defeats and how suddenly we come to know secrets about certain relationships.

    Now I understand that once a team starts losing, its because of some individuals within the team. Also another thing to learn for Aussie fans is to not ridicule other teams when they are down, cos their team has to face it too like now!

    Waiting for England to disintegrate next ! Not a wish, but may be a natural outfall! Already they had the KP episode but pulled together.

  • sharidas on March 12, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    To me Mickey Arthur made"much ado about nothing". Meaning, an issue such as this could have been spoken to and finished off.

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I attended an event where Imran Khan was asked about how Shoaib Akhtar was managed by Inzimam Ul Haq. He said that a good leader is the one who can get most out of his players and inspires them to perform up-to their true potential. Imran then gave example of Sarfaraz Nawaz (harder to manage according to Imran then Shoaib Akhtar) and how Imran got the best out of him. It is not about making everyone follow your own path of how success can be achieved. Getting to the meetings or training on time, wearing the right uniform or sending failure reports to coach are things that may be important to Clark but on field contribution towards the team cause is what really matters in the end. It is about the result and getting the best out of a player and team. That will define success of Clark as a leader in the end. Loosing talented players like Katich, Symonds and Watson rather than getting best out of them is just failure of Clark as a leader.

  • mukesh_LOVE.cricket on March 12, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    might not be the best decision from a cricketing point of view but it will set a good example and standard for the future cricketers in their team to follow , i have only respect for clarke who in my opinion is the best captain in the world right now.. the real problem for Australia is that at the moment, apart from clarke they simply don't have the batting depth and talent to consistently score big in test cricket

  • philvic on March 12, 2013, 18:46 GMT

    Watson when he is fit is a decent all-rounder. As a test batsman he is average and wouldn't make a good Test batting line up. The Aussies are weak now but they would be better off looking to blood other talent for the longer term. I dont think Arthur is a great coach and he obviously doesnt command respect from the whole team. Nevertheless, the players who didnt do this simple task were not behaving like professionals.

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    In this saga of watson, clarke etc people have forgotten about two guys who are losing the most. Pattinson who bowled wonderfully well and is a future great long term prosect and usman khwaja. they will miss out on chances they could have had given the total panic that seems to be present in the australian camp and especially among the manangement. Indian players should ignore all this and focus onco ntinuing to perform well so that we can avenge the 4-0 drubing they gave us in their back yard.

  • Playfair on March 12, 2013, 18:33 GMT

    The Test series has lost whatever interest that was left ..

  • moBlue on March 12, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    @Kulaputra: get your facts straight... greg chappell single-handedly almost destroyed the indian team in their heyday! ...and we IND fans will never forget that!

    the man who was responsible for IND's success is still adored in IND... he is not from oz, he is a kiwi - john wright. don't believe me? check out articles about his true leadership when IND were playing the mighty all-conquering steve-waugh-led oz in IND in 2001! ...*after* they had defeated IND handily by an inning in the first test of a 3-match unforgettable series!

    greg chappell was nothing more than a self-aggrandizing empty shell of a drama queen! i'm sorry if you find facts inconvenient, but facts are not the same as opinions!

  • 64blip on March 12, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    The management are prepared to throw away the next test match, and so the series, to make a point of principle. Good for them! All the paperwork will be completed on time from now on and the Ashes will be on their way back to Oz before you can say "Yes sir, no sir, three bags full sir!"

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:26 GMT

    @BnH1985Fan: Its so silly man. Writing an essay....... is watto and Michel or writers???? lol ... Thank god he didn't asked to write poetry..... I think we are talking bout cricket..... Coach need to make the points that too after taking sugessions from senior player like watto.

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:17 GMT

    Watto is an incredible pro. Pup too, knows his job. It's just about the time they are going through in India. Probably, difference of opinion. No issues, Watto will be back and firing @ the Ashes and help Aussies take back the Ashes. This Aussie team has a lot of potential.

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:16 GMT

    What about clark's man management skill? Why did the situation come this far in the first place ? Clark says it is not the only incident. So, basically he has lost the grip on his players. A good leader knows how to get the job done by his team members. Not sign of a good captain I must say. How come this sort of situation never appeared during ponting's tenure ? Even when aus started to loose during his time, we never noticed a rift.

  • on March 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    remember aussies cricket fan remove this coach immediately he will spoil ur cricket

  • on March 12, 2013, 17:16 GMT

    I am simply amaze as to how many people are supporting Watson. How many of you would ignore an order from your boss and expect not to be discipline in some manner? I think he should be strip of the vice-captaincy. If he is such a team player, why couldn't he take the same approach and attitude as Mr. Pattinson? Or the others who turned in the assignment? The problem in cricket now is every are more interested in T20 than representing their country. The games are shorter, less demanding, and they make more money for less work. I have managed a cricket team before and asked for feedback after a sub standard perofrmane. I really do not see what so difficult or demeaning with that request.

  • on March 12, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    Watson is a good cricketer, I think arthur & pup have no leadership skills, they can easily set-up a team meeting and do brainstorming which is more simpler way of collecting one's ideas and views. Now this axing of watso & pattinson & others will definitely take aus to lose the remaining test matches

  • Beertjie on March 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    @ADB1 on (March 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT) - well said mate. Watto, neither you nor Pup have a clue about leading a team. The difference is that he's got good cricketing instincts and excellent form - you've got neither.

  • renderzone71 on March 12, 2013, 17:12 GMT

    Senior player like watson should not be treated like this. He gave so much to the cricket, the way he was treated is very childish. Giving feedback to the manager should always be optional. The manager needs to understand that simply not fulfilling the document, can be the deciding factor to play or not play the game. I will say the Australian 11 players needs to vote and get this manager out of the team. But first and foremost, the other players need to come back and support Watson. They have to come up and strengthen the fact that Watson is a team player. I can not bear the fact that such things are affecting the game of cricket. my 2 cents.

  • Sayedgee on March 12, 2013, 17:11 GMT

    @r_sid, Dude exactly my point, see my comment on Coverdale "A lesson for Australian Cricketers" March 11 22:43 GMT.... the biggest looser: UT Khewaja

  • on March 12, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    @r_sid: It's kinda suspicious innit...?? Khwaja is a new comer in the australian team.. Hardly played 6 tests and 3 ODI's. Do you think he'd jeopardize his career by not doing his "homework" or assignment..?? Highly unlikely... Like some one righly said.. Tip Of The Iceberg!! Something else happened....

  • FarSight on March 12, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    I am an Indian. I have been following cricket, including that of Australia from 1970. I have not known an incident like this before. I thought (and I still do think) that Indian cricket administrators are pretty bad- they have little cricketing background and are horribly corrupt; but Australian cricket seems to be in worse hands. About Clarke- he is so obviously an exceptional cricketer. However, as a captain he had problems with Simon Katich and got him axed from the test team. Now this.

  • oval77 on March 12, 2013, 17:05 GMT

    Ponting, Hussey, and Haddin to make surprise comebacks for the Ashes? And I'm not entirely joking...

  • anuajm on March 12, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    I hope Watson does not take an emotional decision and lose himself to IPL's and BBL's. It will be a big loss to international and Australian cricket. Watson has every chance of becoming one of the greats of the game. Be it batting, bowling, fielding he is right up there. This punishment is too harsh specially for a player who has worked extremely hard to represent his country by coming out of so many injuries. A player who has to listen to ignominious comments from his captain that he is not good enough as a batsman only. Who is always on the edge in test cricket and whose performances are closely monitored by everyone including the media. Whose position in the batting order has been shuffled every single match and who as vice captain does not have a say on his batting position which should be opening in Test cricket. Sir Ian would agree. And surprise surprise, he is a vice captain but still not part of the leadership group!! Poor from Australia!!

  • lokyshanks on March 12, 2013, 16:56 GMT

    A clear case of the Coach and possibly Team Management exceeding their briefs. It could also be an extreme case of bossism and the inability of the Coach to communicate effectively with the players. Khwaja was not in the playing 11 so why sack him for not presenting? you do not want to recognise the fact that he might have been the missing link to a better batting performance? hopeless Management to back a poor showing by the players, but i feel that this loss of face is somehow much worse than the loss in the 2 tests and it has not got anything to do with Cricket.

  • Someguy on March 12, 2013, 16:50 GMT

    @AlbertPintoGussaHua - the whole point is that they are not school boys, they are highly paid professionals who were assigned a very simple task to be completed by a very generous deadline. They failed to even attempt it. This was not an essay, as so many people seem to be suggesting, just 3 simple dot points that should have taken about 5 minutes to write.

    In most work places, this would have you in series risk of being fired.

    I heard on the radio today that one rugby league coach made his team do the same thing before and after each game. That team won the premiership. I imagine if any of them failed to comply they would have been made to sit out a game. It is quite common for players to be suspended for missing training, so why not for failing to participate in a team excersize?

  • Cricket_Master_Mind on March 12, 2013, 16:47 GMT

    Hey Guyz hang on. In my opinion. Its all DRAMA by OZ'S . They are acting this Drama just to make people FORGET THEIR LOSS against India. They are in big mess here. They are smelling 4-0 white wash. OZ'S are always like that they sledge on field and do every tactic to disturb opponent attention. Plus they are doing this just to create a justification that we Loss next two game due to our brave decision on discipline. Infect KANGROZ are trapped in India and making such stories to diverse the attention of the people. You can see at the moment no body is talking about their defeats all are talking about THIS ISSUE.

  • Kulaputra on March 12, 2013, 16:46 GMT

    Shane Warne said "Coaches are vehicles to go the stadium in". He was right. Australia should drop Mickey Mouse Arthur for punishing players for not doing "his" job. What a regime.

    Why can't Australians find an Aussie coach when the rest of the world is employing them. My sincere recommendation is Greg Chappel who, for all the blame laid on him, was single handedly responsible for turn around of Indian team.

  • on March 12, 2013, 16:34 GMT

    In my opinion, this treatment is too harsh and it is insulting to a senior player like Watson. The coach could have easily met each player in person and asked for his opinion. Asking an athlete to write an essay on 'how to improve performance' is bit silly. In-person face-to-face communication works much better in this regard. It looks more like a face saving tactic on the coach's part and less like a real 'winning strategy'.

  • on March 12, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    i think Watson is a big softy if he quits test cricket

  • amarrahey on March 12, 2013, 16:12 GMT

    What's next, a spell check? Hope the remainder don't get dropped on the spelling and punctuation test :) Gosh! This is the most horrendous thing cricket's ever heard.

  • sportofpain on March 12, 2013, 16:09 GMT

    @Edwards_Johnson: I agree with what you say. It was not their powerpoint skills that got them selected in the first place. It just seems like a way to shut the door on some 'inconvenient to have around' players. Khwaja never seems to get a look in for some reason or the other. And what would the poor bloke write when he didn't even get a chance? If he wrote 'play me', they could say he was being selfish and not a team man. If he wrote that Warner and Hughes played bad shots, they could say that he is shooting them down because he wants a spot. He can't mention attitude as well can he? So what's he to do? He kept his own counsel and thought silence was the best option. And what happens - he gets dropped for that reason when the clamour to include him in the test was getting louder and louder. Something just does not smell right here...he comes from a different background and culture as well and should have been embraced into the fold but that's not happening...

  • on March 12, 2013, 15:52 GMT

    I wonder what will happen if Australia looses the remaining two tests???

  • popcorn on March 12, 2013, 15:38 GMT

    Hats off to the Australian Coach Mickey Arthur and Cricket Australia for biting the bullet, cracking the whip on indisciplined players regardless of their stature.Former players who have chosen to hang Mickey Arthur are the typical attention -seeking no-gooders who do not matter a jot.No one is bigger than the game. Watson's decision NOT to Bowl is his ALONE. So is he a Team man? He would have been dumped anyway for his hopeless batting performances in the first two Tests.

  • Luckey777 on March 12, 2013, 15:37 GMT

    This is a plan for good , to take the pressure out for the next match from players. Now play with fire..

  • Prabhash1985 on March 12, 2013, 15:33 GMT

    Wish you and your wife, all the best for your couple's first child, and enjoy the moment of little Watson baby... Everything will be solved, and god bless you ... Don't worry, everything will be fine, and you will play cricket for Australia... Do not give up, keep your hopes, and stay calm...

  • on March 12, 2013, 15:05 GMT

    I personally feel this Australian team in not good enough to beat India in India, Since Aussie themselves realize that they need some reason to justify. Now two test to go and chances for Australians are very dim they decided to things which can be blame later.

  • Cricket316 on March 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    This is Politics,Pure and simple !! I wonder why Hussey left early. Its crystal clear from Clarke's statements that he is desperate for Success,as a Captain. It seems Clarke's DEMANDING them to perform for"Clarke",not for the Team,in General. There are a lot of Ego clashes because of this. And here we are,4 guys gone. Pup is making a team of "Yes Men",who show their loyalty to Clarke,not the Team. Guys like Hussey,Symonds,Katich,North and now Watson,have fallen to the "Mighty "Pup". And on contrary,Undeserving players like Maxwell,Hughes,Cowan are in the Team.This might just ruin the Career of a gr8 talent like Watoo, Gotta feel bad.

    Watson has been an Opener,all his career & was askd to bat at 4, because Pup wasn't comfortable at 4,even when Oz team was in crumbling all the time. Clarke is not the Ideal Captain,nuff said. He may be a successful batsman, but he's gone wild with his Dictatorship!!

  • AlbertPintoGussaHua on March 12, 2013, 14:51 GMT

    This is nuts... asking grown men and that too professional cricketers to write an essay like school boys and then axing them for not doing their home work. Mickey needs to take a chill pill.

  • sgbhatcar on March 12, 2013, 14:47 GMT

    I thought that this disciplinary action was ridiculous. Could they not have asked them to submit it in say an hour or two? Is this some sort of an examination with the results due in 2 hours?? Unnecessarily, it has exposed the dissensions within the Australian ranks. These guys are not kids in school.

  • BnH1985Fan on March 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    That's funny -- watto has the time to rebut all the accusations flying his way, but did not find time to write down the 3 points Clarke and Mickey were looking for.

  • on March 12, 2013, 14:40 GMT

    I am suffering from a severe bout of schadenfreude :-) I love to see the Aussies squirm :-) India should not loosen up. A 4-0 win would be a good result.

  • ADB1 on March 12, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    @Sander Westerhout : Couldn't agree more. The whole episode reeks of cringe-worthy corporate BS. Test cricket meets "Total Quality Management"(TM).

    I wonder, too, whether some players didn't feel comfortable answering "How can the team improve?", if they felt the answer was "Drop Y and play Z"? I can imagine the post-activity conversations: Doherty: "So Watto, what did you put?" Watto: "I said get a new spinner". Doherty: "Err, but I'm the spinner" etc.

    The wrong people are being punished here. The failure to identify and rectify player or team faults is a management issue. Poor team selection is a management issue. A rotation policy that rewards form players with de-selection is a management issue. A failure to manage public expectations when touring India with slim spin options is a management issue.

    Get real, Cricket Australia.

  • Blakey on March 12, 2013, 14:30 GMT

    You don't need to know Shane Watson to identify hisself-centred attitude. This doesn't dispute him supporting teammates, it just looks at his base psyche. Look at how he coveted Ed Cowan's batting position. Cowan and Warner are the best performed opening partenership in world cricket for last year. Watson was vice-captain and out of the team with injury again and still openly indicated his desire to bat at the top of the order. Watson has shown, each time he has batted in India this series, that he is unable to resume from a break. This indicates a very inflexible mental approach to his batting and the main reason he can't make hundreds. He is incapable of changing the pace of his innings. He is a prima donna. One of his big issues would be his dismissal from the slips cordon. The team got sick of him dropping catches. Judging by the vision of him at the airport in India and in Australia he has a fairly large entourage travelling with him. Do all players have their private contingent?

  • shubham.nishad on March 12, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Coach Miki Arthur should understand that the team failed and making individual players to make presentations about how t improve the performance of the team. Instead he should have called a team meeting and contemplated about their defeat, that would have been more sensible. Just for the sake of discipline, axing players of the caliber of Watson and Pattinson as just foolishness. Hope Watson again returns to test cricket.

  • RandyOZ on March 12, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Time to sack Arthur, inverarity, Sutherland and Howard. I have been against all these appointments since day 1. I hate to say I told you so.

  • on March 12, 2013, 14:13 GMT

    As an Aussie i fully support Mickey and CA. This spoilt brat thinks he deserves special treatment because he has come back from so many injuries... get over yourself Watto, you are a very average batsman that got into the side because you could roll your arm over. Go make your money in the IPL before your body gives out mate. CiaO!

  • Jayzuz on March 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    No problem, JG2704. Cowan passed the bowlers exam with a 97% grade, and will now open the bowling with Wade, who came second with 90%. Unfortunately Johnson has been banned from bowling after mixing up off stump with the leg side popping crease.

  • Reggaecricket on March 12, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    This is a temporary hiccup and n0thing compared to what Kevin Peterson came out of! Mickey Arthur should take his form of corporal punishment back to South Africa. As a coach he should be coaching the players to rectify mistakes and come up with new strategies to overcome the failures of the last two tests. Instead, he appears to be looking to the players themselves to come up with those answers. In that case why have a coach at all, let there be a Captain and a team who will always be busy writing and making presentations!

  • Selassie-I on March 12, 2013, 13:43 GMT

    HUGE problems for Australia here.. this is turning into a farce.

    @Posted by maximum6 on (March 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT) - I should imagine that if the whole team were like Clarke they would win the other 2 matches, they'd probably have not lost the first two! Infact they'd probably be scoring 600+ every innings, although the seam bowling would be a bit light they's also have 11 useful spinners that they could get a few overs out of, but not too many in case their back goes out. What we would all give for a team made entirely of our best players!! Personbally I'd mix it up a bit and have 3 Alastair cooks, 3 kps, a prior, 2 andersons and 2 swanns.

  • SAISRINIVASNU on March 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Yeah they(Pattinson,Khawaja,Watson and Jhonson ) have committed a mistake but it's a very big n wrong decision by CA where the series has been lead by India 2-0 and how did CA suspend the Seamers,a world-class Allrounder and a good spinner????????

    Already CA is trying to find out replacements and changes in the team to Level the series But....SUSPENSION!!!!!!!!!

    Mohali supports seamers n now In-form Pattinson is thrown out for not presenting a bloody Ppt

    Khawaja is waiting to play as a specialist spinner and you people are threatening them of selection!!!!!!!! o_O o_O o_O

    Please try to come out of frustation n play as your seniors did

    If this is going to be continued I bet CA should regret about their decisions

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Three words - Tip. Of. Iceberg.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:32 GMT

    Surely, Jeffrin, if Watto knew of a way to turn his poor form around, he would have just done so?

    It's such a waste of time, and to send someone home for not taking part in a time-wasting excersize... Anyone who has ever been forced to go to any company team building session would side with Watson on this one.

  • venkatesh018 on March 12, 2013, 13:31 GMT

    Nice to know Watto and Pup are on speaking terms. Hope this hurt translates into success in Australian colours for Watson.

  • Jayzuz on March 12, 2013, 13:30 GMT

    So much for those who said Clarke was trying to get rid of Watson. Clarke haters are like conspiracy theorists - paranoia at every turn, but never a shred of evidence to back up their claims. Clarke is superb leader, the one ray of light in an admin team that appears to have been beamed down from an alternative universe, and haven't adjusted to reality yet. The laws of physics here are different, and mediocre alrounders don't become test stars be sues they fill in forms at the end of the day.

  • JG2704 on March 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Will Australia call in some reinforcements - and apologies in advance if I've missed the news? I've looked at the squad and although Watson is known as an all rounder , I'd say he's primarily there as a batsman. With Waj also being outed , I make it that if Aus want to play the same formation they'd either have to play Smith or Haddin? It also limits the bowling options and unless I've misjudged things Aus can only play 4 specialist bowlers (2 pacemen and 2 spinners) as that's all they have out there. If they call up any replacements will they have to go through an initiation process before they get in the side? I presume so

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Its very frustrating to know that for a simple reason 4 good players were suspended. I believe that Coach Miki is not a good coach. He was not that much successful when he as Africa's coach. And Australian should appoint their own national coach. Pat Howard should be kicked out ASAP.

    Now its time to get a new coach as well as good management in CA.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    It is Watson's EGO that is talking. By threatening that he will retire, he is showing his childish nature. It doesn't work that way in a team game. These cricketers need to learn

    And the coaches also need to learn. They shouldn't start feeling like daddies. What good are they if they cannot convince their cricketers in a friendly way.

  • blink182alex on March 12, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    don't care if his a team player or not, if he scores runs and takes wickets like he has the potential to do then it doesn't matter.

  • BellCurve on March 12, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    12 months ago he may have gotten away with it. But not anymore. He will not bounce back from this. He is gone for good.

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    One thing is for sure through all this controversy-India will not mind one bit and wiill secretly be chuckling about it especially as they themselves have not been without problems especially in the opening partnership. If Australia even draw this one they will have come back well, though if they were all like Clarke they would probably win here. In the long run Watson is too good a player not to feature again.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Well said Watson! iam with u....sit back and relax at home!!!

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 12, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Why would they expect gen Y young men to write coherently about what's wrong with the team. I mean what were they thinking?Surely that level of analysis is the job of the team management, the captain and his vice. In my own bitter experience this sort of carry on is perpetrated by incompetent and probably very scared "managers" who are out their depth. What were they going to with the responses - put them up on Facebook? And what was the next stage of this cunning plan? Ask everyone to re-apply for their own jobs?Perhaps they should have had a traditional old fashioned team meeting - a few beers, send out for some take away or better still have a bit of a bar-b-que, a few hands of cards, bit of a sing song etc. All sorted by next morning. I expect both Khawaja and Pattinson to be back for the 4th test. Khawaja is our best young batsman and Pattinson our best bowler. These 4 were made an example for the rest of the team but by no means are the issues isolated to them.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    "I feel like I've worked my absolute bum off to have an opportunity to represent my country"- Watson.. Really...??? then why couldn't he just give some valuable feedback about his poor form. I think this whole issue is pure BS. There's something deeper in this. The whole truth will surface soon...

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Good reply from a professional cricketer.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:01 GMT

    Good reply from a professional cricketer.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:05 GMT

    "I feel like I've worked my absolute bum off to have an opportunity to represent my country"- Watson.. Really...??? then why couldn't he just give some valuable feedback about his poor form. I think this whole issue is pure BS. There's something deeper in this. The whole truth will surface soon...

  • Edwards_Anderson on March 12, 2013, 13:12 GMT

    Why would they expect gen Y young men to write coherently about what's wrong with the team. I mean what were they thinking?Surely that level of analysis is the job of the team management, the captain and his vice. In my own bitter experience this sort of carry on is perpetrated by incompetent and probably very scared "managers" who are out their depth. What were they going to with the responses - put them up on Facebook? And what was the next stage of this cunning plan? Ask everyone to re-apply for their own jobs?Perhaps they should have had a traditional old fashioned team meeting - a few beers, send out for some take away or better still have a bit of a bar-b-que, a few hands of cards, bit of a sing song etc. All sorted by next morning. I expect both Khawaja and Pattinson to be back for the 4th test. Khawaja is our best young batsman and Pattinson our best bowler. These 4 were made an example for the rest of the team but by no means are the issues isolated to them.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    Well said Watson! iam with u....sit back and relax at home!!!

  • 2.14istherunrate on March 12, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    One thing is for sure through all this controversy-India will not mind one bit and wiill secretly be chuckling about it especially as they themselves have not been without problems especially in the opening partnership. If Australia even draw this one they will have come back well, though if they were all like Clarke they would probably win here. In the long run Watson is too good a player not to feature again.

  • BellCurve on March 12, 2013, 13:16 GMT

    12 months ago he may have gotten away with it. But not anymore. He will not bounce back from this. He is gone for good.

  • blink182alex on March 12, 2013, 13:18 GMT

    don't care if his a team player or not, if he scores runs and takes wickets like he has the potential to do then it doesn't matter.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:25 GMT

    It is Watson's EGO that is talking. By threatening that he will retire, he is showing his childish nature. It doesn't work that way in a team game. These cricketers need to learn

    And the coaches also need to learn. They shouldn't start feeling like daddies. What good are they if they cannot convince their cricketers in a friendly way.

  • on March 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Its very frustrating to know that for a simple reason 4 good players were suspended. I believe that Coach Miki is not a good coach. He was not that much successful when he as Africa's coach. And Australian should appoint their own national coach. Pat Howard should be kicked out ASAP.

    Now its time to get a new coach as well as good management in CA.

  • JG2704 on March 12, 2013, 13:26 GMT

    Will Australia call in some reinforcements - and apologies in advance if I've missed the news? I've looked at the squad and although Watson is known as an all rounder , I'd say he's primarily there as a batsman. With Waj also being outed , I make it that if Aus want to play the same formation they'd either have to play Smith or Haddin? It also limits the bowling options and unless I've misjudged things Aus can only play 4 specialist bowlers (2 pacemen and 2 spinners) as that's all they have out there. If they call up any replacements will they have to go through an initiation process before they get in the side? I presume so