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In a surprise and unprecedented decision, Australia axed four players from a Test during the 2012-13 tour of India for 'breach of protocol'. The players - who included vice-captain Shane Watson - had failed to hand in a mid-tour assessment exercise sought by the team management. The decision met with mixed responses but near-universal shock - not least because Australia were 2-0 down with two Tests to go.
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Mar 22, 2013

Watson stands in for Clarke in Delhi

News: Shane Watson has been confirmed as Australia's 44th Test captain on Friday morning and Matthew Wade will be his vice-captain after Michael Clarke was ruled out of the Delhi Test due to his ongoing back injury

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 20, 2013

Warne's solution is not the answer

The Cordon: Shane Warne's solution to the disciplinary problems Australia faced in India involved music and alcohol, an astonishingly simplistic answer to a serious issue

Michael Jeh

Mar 18, 2013

Watson returns to India tour

News: Shane Watson has committed himself to Australia's Test team for the long term and will rejoin the squad in India ahead of the fourth Test in Delhi

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 16, 2013

Homeworkgate still the butt of jokes

The Cordon: Jesse Ryder did not make the news this week. I can't shoehorn him into my piece just for the sake of it based on something he has done on the field

Jarrod Kimber

Mar 15, 2013

Australia need an understanding leadership

Harsha Bhogle: They may have chosen to be firm with their erring players, but to make them perform, the coach and captain need to be reassuring

Harsha Bhogle

Mar 15, 2013

The most bizarre of punishments

The Cordon: Dear sweet Superman, Moses and Mr Lillee, is this fair dinkum? Have they really stood down four blokes because they didn't do an assignment? From the Australian Test team? A team down 0-2 in a four-Test series in India?

Matt Cleary

Mar 14, 2013

Ponting shows staunch support for Watson

News: Ricky Ponting has mounted a staunch defence of Shane Watson's qualities as a team player

Daniel Brettig and Brydon Coverdale

Mar 13, 2013

Clarke remains hopeful of Watson return

News: Michael Clarke has not given up hope of Shane Watson returning to India for the fourth Test in Delhi, despite the vice-captain's indications that he is considering his cricket future

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 13, 2013

Arthur outlines 'minor indiscretions that built up'

News: Mickey Arthur, the coach of Australia, has outlined some of the discipline issues that had built up over the course of the tour of India

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 12, 2013

Audio Episode 28: Shane Watson's homework

The Cricket Sadist Hour: Gideon Haigh talks to Jarrod about their favourite topic, Shane Watson. They also talk about Cricket Australia's good front page publicity and why Shane Warne is staying pretty quiet.

Mar 12, 2013

Video Punishment harsh, but needed - Pattinson

Press Conference: Australia pace bowler James Pattinson talks to the media after being one of the four players set to miss the third test against against India in Mohali on disciplinary grounds

Mar 12, 2013

'Australia's batting is in strife'

Features: Harsha Bhogle, Ian Chappell, and Tom Moody discuss the mid-to-long-term concerns for Australia, some of which have appeared glaringly in the defeats against India

ESPNcricinfo staff

Mar 12, 2013

Bond backs Australia to rise above sacking controversy

News: Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, believes the fall-out following Australia withdrawing four players from contention for the third Test against India will not hurt them in the long term

Andrew McGlashan in Wellington

Mar 12, 2013

Pattinson regrets 'letting the team down'

News: James Pattinson has conceded he did not take his axeing from the Test side well on Monday but has come around to the realisation the severe punishment was necessary for letting his team-mates down

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 12, 2013

'Captain and vice-captain must sort their issues out' - Pat Howard

News: Australia's vice-captain, Shane Watson, has been given a less than glowing endorsement from Cricket Australia's general manager of team performance Pat Howard, who has said Watson is "sometimes" a team player

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 12, 2013

The vagueness behind Australia's crisis

The Cordon: The danger with writing an opinion piece so early on in the life of an evolving story is that not all facts are known yet, nor might they ever be revealed. Hindsight will no doubt reveal inaccuracies and mistaken assumptions on my part

Michael Jeh

Mar 12, 2013

Howard doesn't know the real me - Watson

News: Shane Watson challenged Australia's team performance manager Pat Howard to research his reputation as a team man and denied he had any major problems with the captain Michael Clarke

Daniel Brettig

Mar 12, 2013

Where to for Watson?

Features: Shane Watson is Australia's vice-captain but he needs to lift his game off the field and on it

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 12, 2013

Clarke's cultural decree

Features: Without Michael Hussey and Ricky Ponting around to set a cultural example, Michael Clarke has been moved to enforce one by decree

Daniel Brettig

Mar 11, 2013

Audio Chappell: 'I can't imagine how it's going to help team morale'

Comments: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell discusses the axing of key Australian players from the third test against India in Mohali

Mar 11, 2013

Video Australia drop four for discipline breach

News and Analysis: Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson were axed from the Australian team for the third Test against India in Mohali

Mar 11, 2013

Video If you want to play for Australia, you can not cut corners - Arthur

Press Conference: Australia coach Mickey Arthur on the decision to drop four players from the squad on disciplinary grounds for the third Test against India in Mohali

Mar 11, 2013

'It's not just about one incident' - Clarke

News: Michael Clarke has stressed that the axing of four players for the third Test in Mohali was due to a continued failure of some players to meet the standards set by the team

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 11, 2013

A lesson for the Australian cricketer

: Yes, the punishment was harsh, but it is time Australia's players took some responsibility

Brydon Coverdale

Mar 11, 2013

Clarke sure friendships will endure

News: Michael Clarke is confident there will be no backlash against him from the four players axed for the third Test in Mohali over their failure to complete a task assessing themselves and the team

Brydon Coverdale
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