Australia crack the whip

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.

India v Australia, 4th Test, Delhi, 1st day

Watson stands in for Clarke in Delhi

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

Australian cricket

Warne's solution is not the answer

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

Australia in India 2012-13

Watson returns to India tour

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

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Homeworkgate still the butt of jokes

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

Australia's troubled tour

The most bizarre of punishments

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?

Australia need an understanding leadership

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

Australia's troubled tour

Clarke remains hopeful of Watson return

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

Australia's troubled tour

Clarke's cultural decree

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