The Investec Ashes 2013 June 28, 2013

Watson denies part in Warner affair

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Shane Watson has emphatically denied any part in calling David Warner to account for the night out in Birmingham with other Australian team-mates during the Champions Trophy that involved the punching of Joe Root and contributed to the sacking of the coach Mickey Arthur.

However Watson stated that the decision of Arthur and the captain Michael Clarke to suspend four players including himself for failing to follow team instructions in India earlier this year had set a "dangerous precedent", and lauded the new coach Darren Lehmann for dissipating the tension that had built up in the team over the past six months, a period in which he admitted to "not having much fun".

Reports emerged in the aftermath of Warner's suspension for the Root incident that it was only dealt with formally after Watson had referred to it in conversations with Arthur about disciplinary standards and their consistent application. At the time Watson did not comment publicly on the matter, but in the first days of Lehmann's new coaching regime he spoke frankly, rejecting all notions he had forced the disciplinary process that had Warner suspended until the first Test against England at Trent Bridge.

"Absolutely not," Watson said when asked if he had informed Arthur of events at the Walkabout. "In the end the coaching staff and Mickey and the leadership group found out about Dave's incident off their own bat. It had absolutely nothing to do with me in any way shape or form and I'm not sure why that was brought out in the media because it certainly wasn't the truth.

"They obviously found out, there were some people who were in and around the incident at the time who had relayed the information, so it certainly had nothing to do with me. The precedent that was set through Mohali was quite a dangerous precedent, there's no doubt about that. But in the end this is now a new group, a new leadership group, new team dynamics obviously with Darren coming in, so I'm not looking back any more at the things that happened in the past.

"This is a change for all of us which is a very good thing. I'm not looking back at what happened in the last few months, I'm just excited about what we're doing now as a group and what Darren is going to bring to our team."

Watson's happiness about Lehmann's arrival is only partly explained by the decision to promote him to open the batting. Arthur's close alliance with the captain Michael Clarke had marginalised Watson somewhat, as injuries and an inconsistent job description contributed to his decline from the personal heights he reached under Ricky Ponting. He was happy to admit that the team would now play more fearlessly under Lehmann, who had already encouraged the members of the Ashes squad to express themselves with the bat.

"The way Darren operates is a more light-hearted way," Watson said. "He played the game for the enjoyment and as a coach one of the big things he instils in the group is to make sure we are having fun. There were certainly times after Mohali that I wasn't having that much fun, and that is something Darren has ensured, that things are little bit less tense and more about enjoying the absolute privilege of playing cricket for Australia.

"It should be the time of our life, it's a dream come true, and that is something Darren has instilled. Darren's perspective on the game is to go out and back your talent and not worry about failing at all, that's going to be part of the game of cricket. Things in that regard will change because that is how Darren played. He will make sure everyone does that with bat or ball, that people aren't worried about failing, more so about showing how good they are."

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

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  • portman on June 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Gautum N. Shenoy

    You forgot Watson, Warner and the rest except Clarke. Unfortunately the Skipper maybe the biggest problem, not the former coach. Brilliant with bat in hand, that cannot be doubted, however major flaws with the other resposibilities the captaincy holds. Can't see too many other members of the team playing for him and thus the mighty "Baggy Green" is fading rapidly.

  • dunger.bob on June 29, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Let's see now. We've got some homework issues, a playground snitch, some tit for tat in the locker room and a resounding "it wasn't me Sir !!". .. it all sounds a bit juvenile to me.

    I think it might be fair to say that things have been a little tense in the camp lately. It shows on the field as well. If Boof can do something to ease the tension and get their minds back onto cricket then that's got to be good. ..

    @ Westmorlandia : Point taken, but here's something for you in return. I sometimes wonder how things would look if Jimmy got injured. Not that I'm wishing it on him, he's a fine bowler to watch. Even an Aussie like me can appreciate his skill, but I wonder if that would even things up a tad if he wasn't there.

  • FinalSayWithJJ on June 29, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    As a Australian supporter, I am disgusted form our teams performance on and off the field... Our team has deep seeded problems which include over payment to players who under achieve, Warner is so over rated as too is Watson (just look at the avg's)... The next problem is we are not promoting players who will take us to the next level (see Finch, Pomersbach, coulter-nile) because these prima donnas like Warner and Watson are on huge contracts and the Australian board cant afford to pay them out... here lies the biggest problem the contract system is killing our international side, fix the administration (ie sack the person for employing Arthur as well)... Australia will be easy beats for at least another 10 years if something is not done soon... Don Bradman would be turning in his grave at the state of things...

  • Sprojy on June 28, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    @portman, given no one expects us to win and a proportion of the English media and past players predicting 10-0 and 5-0, can't really see how we will need to eat humble pie if we win or draw any of the tests given how much better England is supposed to be. There will be a lot of English fans who will be surprised with how well this team will do under a better mentor and coach. Arthur didn't have the respect of the players or supporters, Lehmann does and that is a massive difference.

  • chitti_cricket on June 28, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    one thing to remember, Australia playing good cricket is good for entire cricket. I'm an Indian and back India cricket team, but my second home team always been Australia and following ashes from almost when I was 5 or 6 years old. They play very intrinsic cricket on the filed and granite nose attitude of OZ brings extra flavor to Cricket. We all Indians enjoyed beating great Steve Waugh's, Taylor's and Greg's and Ian's OZ team than beating current OZs, is it not?. That means even England would be taking current crop lightly, but they are doing a mistake. I still feel the current OZ bowling line is very good, except that they are missing one great spinner like Warne. If he himself comes forward to help develop some good spinner then there is nothing like that to world cricket. Warne please do so and give world another class act like you. You were the best poster in world cricket not long ago and we can never forget the pleasure you gave on world cricket scene. Man come up with good tip

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    All Aussie supporters are assuming that Lehmann will suddenly and magically transform this talentless outfit into a world beating side. A coach can only do so much. with players like Hughes, Smith, Cowan, Maxwell and Lyon, this team cannot do much better, really. The best Aussies can hope is that English rain continues beyond the champions trophy and helps them avoid 5-0

  • XCricket1999 on June 28, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Australia are really falling apart. I think that this dramatic drop in the skill of the team has mainly been dependent on something to do with the team chemistry. Something that was glimpsed upon by the suspension of four players during the tour of India due to an un completed post game reflection. That decision made by the coach really reflects that something is not clicking with the chemistry of the team.

  • portman on June 28, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    A lot of comments here about what a great decision it is to bring Lehmann in. Wriggling a few batting positions isn't going to change the fact that Australia can't bat. They are particularly weak, bordering on laughable against spin and what will the English prepare for them when it comes to wickets? Swann will be licking his lips. Looking forward to watching this series and the amount of humble pie the Aussies are going to consume.

  • Dhanno on June 28, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    So Arthur made Watson feel left out ? Big deal, these guys are professional, being paid millions and as he is finally realizing they should feel privileged to represent nation at highest level. There is the insinuation of Arthur being Saffer lets blame problems on him and as if Darren comes with some magic wand (all due respect). Why do one has to come and instill them the feeling that they need to enjoy cricket or go out and express or make them realize this is dream come true? If you dont feel that way, there would be 10 other youngsters who would be itching to take that spot. Besides it's not Arthur's leadership or lack of thereof or What Clarke said in who's ear has made Watto underachieve in Test cricket (2 hundreds?) but his own lack of application and that ever dangerous "feel free to express yourself attitude" which has caused the downfall. Go back to basics, apply yourself at crease, protect your wicket like your life depends on it.

    Its pretty elementary my dear Watson!

  • Reckless_Akash on June 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I'm amazed how much the Australians (both players and support staff) talk to the media! They just can't seem to restrain themselves. You do not need to hide things from the world, but you do not need to say out loud anything and everything that you feel either. What is the need to say that "I wasn't having much fun" or "The Mohali decision set a dangerous precedent"? What exactly is the point of such statements, other than giving another topic to the soundbyte-hungry media to rip into? Do these guys pause to think of the impact their statements have on their own team members? Sometimes, I almost feel like people like Dhoni, who is often crticised for giving diplomatic answers to media inquiries, are the ones who have got it right. Nothing good can ever come from answering the media this frankly.

  • portman on June 29, 2013, 5:58 GMT

    @Gautum N. Shenoy

    You forgot Watson, Warner and the rest except Clarke. Unfortunately the Skipper maybe the biggest problem, not the former coach. Brilliant with bat in hand, that cannot be doubted, however major flaws with the other resposibilities the captaincy holds. Can't see too many other members of the team playing for him and thus the mighty "Baggy Green" is fading rapidly.

  • dunger.bob on June 29, 2013, 1:33 GMT

    Let's see now. We've got some homework issues, a playground snitch, some tit for tat in the locker room and a resounding "it wasn't me Sir !!". .. it all sounds a bit juvenile to me.

    I think it might be fair to say that things have been a little tense in the camp lately. It shows on the field as well. If Boof can do something to ease the tension and get their minds back onto cricket then that's got to be good. ..

    @ Westmorlandia : Point taken, but here's something for you in return. I sometimes wonder how things would look if Jimmy got injured. Not that I'm wishing it on him, he's a fine bowler to watch. Even an Aussie like me can appreciate his skill, but I wonder if that would even things up a tad if he wasn't there.

  • FinalSayWithJJ on June 29, 2013, 0:45 GMT

    As a Australian supporter, I am disgusted form our teams performance on and off the field... Our team has deep seeded problems which include over payment to players who under achieve, Warner is so over rated as too is Watson (just look at the avg's)... The next problem is we are not promoting players who will take us to the next level (see Finch, Pomersbach, coulter-nile) because these prima donnas like Warner and Watson are on huge contracts and the Australian board cant afford to pay them out... here lies the biggest problem the contract system is killing our international side, fix the administration (ie sack the person for employing Arthur as well)... Australia will be easy beats for at least another 10 years if something is not done soon... Don Bradman would be turning in his grave at the state of things...

  • Sprojy on June 28, 2013, 23:25 GMT

    @portman, given no one expects us to win and a proportion of the English media and past players predicting 10-0 and 5-0, can't really see how we will need to eat humble pie if we win or draw any of the tests given how much better England is supposed to be. There will be a lot of English fans who will be surprised with how well this team will do under a better mentor and coach. Arthur didn't have the respect of the players or supporters, Lehmann does and that is a massive difference.

  • chitti_cricket on June 28, 2013, 22:35 GMT

    one thing to remember, Australia playing good cricket is good for entire cricket. I'm an Indian and back India cricket team, but my second home team always been Australia and following ashes from almost when I was 5 or 6 years old. They play very intrinsic cricket on the filed and granite nose attitude of OZ brings extra flavor to Cricket. We all Indians enjoyed beating great Steve Waugh's, Taylor's and Greg's and Ian's OZ team than beating current OZs, is it not?. That means even England would be taking current crop lightly, but they are doing a mistake. I still feel the current OZ bowling line is very good, except that they are missing one great spinner like Warne. If he himself comes forward to help develop some good spinner then there is nothing like that to world cricket. Warne please do so and give world another class act like you. You were the best poster in world cricket not long ago and we can never forget the pleasure you gave on world cricket scene. Man come up with good tip

  • on June 28, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    All Aussie supporters are assuming that Lehmann will suddenly and magically transform this talentless outfit into a world beating side. A coach can only do so much. with players like Hughes, Smith, Cowan, Maxwell and Lyon, this team cannot do much better, really. The best Aussies can hope is that English rain continues beyond the champions trophy and helps them avoid 5-0

  • XCricket1999 on June 28, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Australia are really falling apart. I think that this dramatic drop in the skill of the team has mainly been dependent on something to do with the team chemistry. Something that was glimpsed upon by the suspension of four players during the tour of India due to an un completed post game reflection. That decision made by the coach really reflects that something is not clicking with the chemistry of the team.

  • portman on June 28, 2013, 21:04 GMT

    A lot of comments here about what a great decision it is to bring Lehmann in. Wriggling a few batting positions isn't going to change the fact that Australia can't bat. They are particularly weak, bordering on laughable against spin and what will the English prepare for them when it comes to wickets? Swann will be licking his lips. Looking forward to watching this series and the amount of humble pie the Aussies are going to consume.

  • Dhanno on June 28, 2013, 18:03 GMT

    So Arthur made Watson feel left out ? Big deal, these guys are professional, being paid millions and as he is finally realizing they should feel privileged to represent nation at highest level. There is the insinuation of Arthur being Saffer lets blame problems on him and as if Darren comes with some magic wand (all due respect). Why do one has to come and instill them the feeling that they need to enjoy cricket or go out and express or make them realize this is dream come true? If you dont feel that way, there would be 10 other youngsters who would be itching to take that spot. Besides it's not Arthur's leadership or lack of thereof or What Clarke said in who's ear has made Watto underachieve in Test cricket (2 hundreds?) but his own lack of application and that ever dangerous "feel free to express yourself attitude" which has caused the downfall. Go back to basics, apply yourself at crease, protect your wicket like your life depends on it.

    Its pretty elementary my dear Watson!

  • Reckless_Akash on June 28, 2013, 15:02 GMT

    I'm amazed how much the Australians (both players and support staff) talk to the media! They just can't seem to restrain themselves. You do not need to hide things from the world, but you do not need to say out loud anything and everything that you feel either. What is the need to say that "I wasn't having much fun" or "The Mohali decision set a dangerous precedent"? What exactly is the point of such statements, other than giving another topic to the soundbyte-hungry media to rip into? Do these guys pause to think of the impact their statements have on their own team members? Sometimes, I almost feel like people like Dhoni, who is often crticised for giving diplomatic answers to media inquiries, are the ones who have got it right. Nothing good can ever come from answering the media this frankly.

  • Amith_S on June 28, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    Boof will get the best out of his players, expect guys like Watson, Khawaja and Warner who were not playing the best under Arthur but will be our main batsman in this series. Boof has the ability to let the players back themselves something Arthur was not able to do and not play favorites unlike the previous coach.

  • Mary_786 on June 28, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    who cares what happened, the main thing is that boof is in charge now and he is alreayd making progress sorting the issues Arthur created. Watson is batting where he should be, Clarke is moved up the order, Khawaja could be a number 3 for us and the players will focus on winning and playing aggressively. I also predict that Warner will come back strongly.

  • Westmorlandia on June 28, 2013, 13:59 GMT

    When Anderson gets Watto to nick one in the 3rd over on the first morning, all this stuff about coaches and having fun and so on will be put into perspective. England have more class about them, and the Aussies are going to struggle to make big scores regardless of how happy they are.

  • Spelele on June 28, 2013, 13:37 GMT

    It is extremely painful to have to listen to people like Watson perennially justifying the failures of the current Australian team by saying that they were somehow 'constrained' under Arthur.

    We are yet to see, but I doubt the merit of this argument. Is it really that hard to accept that this bunch of Australians is just not good enough? No amount of 'playing freely' rhetoric can alter mediocrity into talent. But as I've said, we shall see...

  • Naresh28 on June 28, 2013, 13:22 GMT

    There is no doubt that the Oz team need one of their own as coach. So far Lehmann has done really well with the Oz A side on tour. The Oz preparation seems to be much better than the last India test tour. I dont see why the Oz team cannot lift itself. Their U19 team came 2nd to second to India in the last ODI WC.

  • bobbo2 on June 28, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    So the coach set "Dangerous precedent" by demanding they follow team instructions? Wow.

  • landl47 on June 28, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    Maybe emmersonne's joking, but I hope all cricket fans, whether they are Australia, England or any other country's fans, are wishing Lehmann well and hoping he can have a positive effect on the Aussie team. I've taken no pleasure from seeing the Aussies fall apart over the last couple of months.

    I want to see all players, of every nationality, playing their best cricket. After that, let the chips fall where they may. I'll still be supporting England and if they can win, I'll be over the moon. I don't want to see them win because another country (particularly Australia, who I've admired all my life) are not performing at their best.

    I'm not a great Watson fan, but if Lehmann can get him playing well, then good on him.

  • on June 28, 2013, 11:48 GMT

    The things happen now with Australian players is been so ridiculous .

  • on June 28, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    This is going to be a real test for Australia and their team players.So existing to look how they going to perform the coming series.

  • Clan_McLachlan on June 28, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    Shame man, he wasn't having fun. I guess a string of low scores is no fun. And injuries, meaning you gotta field all day instead of having a go with the ball. Who wants to chase leather all day in the Indian sun? Must be the coaches fault. It's such a hard life being a professional sportsman.

  • on June 28, 2013, 11:36 GMT

    The other day I got an overseas interview call and I was very tensed. I was very much worried about failing it as it was a rare chance and I was expressing the same with my wife. My son, who's 6 yrs of age, overheard us talking and said, "Dad you don't worry about failing it, you do your best", of course, those were the words that surely enhanced my performance and succeed. If Mickey is not able to understand the logic a 'six years old' understands it's ridiculous. Lehmann's that 'infectious smile' is enough to get you into positive mindset. Good change, though at a wrong time. All the best Aussies!

  • 200ondebut on June 28, 2013, 11:31 GMT

    I'm glad this is all being sorted out - at least we'll get a bit of a contest now. Australia were pathetic is the last ashes series - at least now they'll put up a fight before being beaten again.

  • emmersonne on June 28, 2013, 11:28 GMT

    I, like many other English fans, am looking at the Lehmann appointed and saying "Oh crap." He looks like he's going to be a great Aussie coach. Gulp.

  • RandyOZ on June 28, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    Darren sounds like he really is kicking the players into gear, lets hope he can with Khawaja

  • RamRishi on June 28, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    When team is struggling, there will be lot of noise. Let us go to the root of the problem. Cricket in Australia is run by mediocre people. Some of the greats like Ian Chappel, Greg Chappel, Shane Warne, Alan Border, Dennis Lillee, Steve Waugh, Bob Simpson, Bill Lawry need to get involved in the future of Australian cricket.These are the past players who can make a difference. There are too many critics but not many doers! If required, I am sure Hussey and Ponting will reconsider their decisions.They should be are very proud of playing for the country and helping the country to regain lost glory. Clarke needs to create that environment for the team to perform. He can be a great cricketer beating all records but his consistent problems with the back is not helping anyone. He has no leadership qualities.Cricket cannot be run in a military style. Watson should be elevated as captain. Darren and Shane should have the freedom to rebuild a great team!

  • on June 28, 2013, 10:23 GMT

    All the homework darama was blown out of proportion cus to hide the shame that Australian team faced in losing badly to India.

  • francitom on June 28, 2013, 10:01 GMT

    Australians respect and obey only australians.. So Arthur has nothing to do with Australian cricket team even if he was big magician. Lehmann is a wonderful cricketer, Australians will surely bounce back under him...

  • on June 28, 2013, 9:33 GMT

    As an Englishman, I have to say I do like Lehmann, and I do fear that he's just the man to galvanise this Aussie team to do better things. At least this way the Ashes should be a more even and exciting contest though - the way things were falling apart it was only promising to be a damp squib of a walkover!

  • on June 28, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    Teh 'homework' thing was blown out of proportion a little bit and made to seem silly by people constantly refferign to it as 'homework'. However, the truth is, 2 tests into a series, Australia had been absolutely destroyed in every way possible and, when asked to come up with ideas on how to improve the situation, 4 players, including Watson the vice captain, refused. Now, you can argue about the format of coming up with said ideas, but that really is neither here nor there.

    the other thing that puzzles me is the constant calls to 'bring back' Hussey. He wasn't dropped or left out or moved on from, he retired. He was a important piece of the puzzle, but decided to retire. I am sure Clarke, Boof, Sutherland etc would love to bring him back. but they can't unless he changes his mind. which he likely will not do.

  • on June 28, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Huss Bring him back...Plz Punter said to lehamn we need huss..

  • on June 28, 2013, 8:20 GMT

    Remember that 90 per cent of this story is the media trying to fill blank spaces with their trivial stories. So much trivia and tittle tattle is pumped up as "news and opinion" when the real story should be cricket, as played on the field. I feel sorry for Watson having to deal with this stuff, but it's just the burden of the modern cricketer and the fact of the awfully trivial, trouble-making world of what passes for modern cricket journalism. I notice that Shane scored a very nice 90 yesterday, as an opener. Now that's news!

  • HansonKoch on June 28, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    I just said a prayer to bring back Michael Hussey. We'll soon now if there's a God.

  • biggyd on June 28, 2013, 8:03 GMT

    SPOT ON CHRIS. its fun when you train hard, respect your team / coach and give 110% for your country, not when u get to do whatever you like cos u think you're better than your mates and deserve special treatment. knuckle down lad.

    i personally look fwd to you getting castled out of a good ± young ozi team.

    and as a saffa, i love watching you get spanked - but only when you're a strong team. feels a bit like kicking a puppy at the moment, so sort it out.

    cricket demands a powerful arrogant oz team.

  • Meety on June 28, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    Seriously Watto - just let runs & wickets do the talking. I am fairly certain you said wonderful stuff about Arthurs when he was first selected. We all want cricket stories to read - but in the main from players that are taking wickets & catches & scoring runs.

  • Babu22 on June 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @ozcricketwriter: I have been reading your comments (against Mickey Arthur) in almost all Australian cricket articles on this site. Yes, I agree with you that "if they slack off too much then they should be dumped". And really that's what I think happened in India. They slacked off too much. Surely, you don't believe that the players were suspended only because they hadn't done their homework? Players not submitting their wellness reports, a general discord between Shane Watson and Michael Clarke, and the loss in two tests went a long way in suspending them. The coach asks the players to look at themselves and come back with answers. The purpose was to make them think. Players, whoever they are, should obey these kinds of commands. Especially when they are losing.These guys did not listen. Pls. understand. I am not saying that MA was right. All I am saying is that something had to give. And that was suspension of four players.

  • Champagne_Cricket on June 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    It is very funny how some players such as Watson try to show that they play purely for the love of the game and to have fun. That era is over Watson. You guys get paid in millions of dollars. Grow up! You are professionals and are expected to deliver and should be disciplined if you cross the line. If there is no return on investment, then there's no reason to keep you in the team 'just to have fun'.

  • Charlie101 on June 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    When I saw the headlines I assumed that Watson had swung a fist as well so was shocked when I read the rumour that Watson had got Warner suspended . I guess Warner is one of the Clarke favourites who can do nothing wrong so hence a bit of resentment .

    Does anyone know the odds on Clarke remaining as Captain for the Ashes in Australia - worth a punt that he will lose his captaincy as the divisions in the team seem great.

  • runout49 on June 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Reading between the lines it seems the Australians have their own version of Pietersen.

  • Babu22 on June 28, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Please, be humble Watson. Whether you like it or not, Mickey did what he thought was right for the team. Even if Mickey Arthur suspended players in Mohali to assume complete control over the team, I don't think he was wrong. As a coach, wanting control over the team is not necessarily a bad thing. Just because you have now got a coach whom you trust more, and just because you have got a 50 score, there is no need to belittle the old coach. In the event that you fail miserably during the Ashes, will you blame Arthur? Or Lehmann? Actually, you should blame yourselves, if that happens.

  • on June 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    What Watson said about the Mohali nonsense setting a dangerous precedent is quite correct. Michael Clarke has developed into one of the finest batsmen in the world at the moment, but as a leader, there is a fair few way to go.

  • on June 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Warner has crossed his limit this time around and has really given a psychological advantage to the English! The team would be better off by concentrating on the team composition without Warner for the first test... Even during the tour of India, Warner got used to making unnecessary statements in the media and getting bowled around his legs off Ashwin! First he needs to prove that he is fit enough to play as the opener... Apart from a couple of quickfire centuries, he hasn't done much to justify his place in the side...

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    I fully agree that this is a sport, a game, and hence should be fun. Obviously they should try their best and if they slack off too much then they should be dumped. But having fun is very important and I feel was the worst thing that Mickey Arthur did. Hopefully no future coaches suspend players for not doing their homework.

  • rajaram1105 on June 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Shane Watson - you are a great talent. Let us see your talents flowing in the field of play.

  • Chris_Howard on June 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    How can you not worry about failing? Are they not going to drop anyone who is failing?

    I'm sure it will be fun while you're succeeding, but a few low scores in a row will surely put pressure on your place, whoever you are.

    If bowlers aren't taking wickets and batsmen aren't making runs, just have fun anyways, because Darren says to " not worry about failing at all".

    Yup, until you get dropped for not making runs or taking wickets. Then see how much fun it is.

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  • Chris_Howard on June 28, 2013, 6:33 GMT

    How can you not worry about failing? Are they not going to drop anyone who is failing?

    I'm sure it will be fun while you're succeeding, but a few low scores in a row will surely put pressure on your place, whoever you are.

    If bowlers aren't taking wickets and batsmen aren't making runs, just have fun anyways, because Darren says to " not worry about failing at all".

    Yup, until you get dropped for not making runs or taking wickets. Then see how much fun it is.

  • rajaram1105 on June 28, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Shane Watson - you are a great talent. Let us see your talents flowing in the field of play.

  • Ozcricketwriter on June 28, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    I fully agree that this is a sport, a game, and hence should be fun. Obviously they should try their best and if they slack off too much then they should be dumped. But having fun is very important and I feel was the worst thing that Mickey Arthur did. Hopefully no future coaches suspend players for not doing their homework.

  • on June 28, 2013, 6:40 GMT

    Warner has crossed his limit this time around and has really given a psychological advantage to the English! The team would be better off by concentrating on the team composition without Warner for the first test... Even during the tour of India, Warner got used to making unnecessary statements in the media and getting bowled around his legs off Ashwin! First he needs to prove that he is fit enough to play as the opener... Apart from a couple of quickfire centuries, he hasn't done much to justify his place in the side...

  • on June 28, 2013, 6:43 GMT

    What Watson said about the Mohali nonsense setting a dangerous precedent is quite correct. Michael Clarke has developed into one of the finest batsmen in the world at the moment, but as a leader, there is a fair few way to go.

  • Babu22 on June 28, 2013, 6:50 GMT

    Please, be humble Watson. Whether you like it or not, Mickey did what he thought was right for the team. Even if Mickey Arthur suspended players in Mohali to assume complete control over the team, I don't think he was wrong. As a coach, wanting control over the team is not necessarily a bad thing. Just because you have now got a coach whom you trust more, and just because you have got a 50 score, there is no need to belittle the old coach. In the event that you fail miserably during the Ashes, will you blame Arthur? Or Lehmann? Actually, you should blame yourselves, if that happens.

  • runout49 on June 28, 2013, 7:28 GMT

    Reading between the lines it seems the Australians have their own version of Pietersen.

  • Charlie101 on June 28, 2013, 7:29 GMT

    When I saw the headlines I assumed that Watson had swung a fist as well so was shocked when I read the rumour that Watson had got Warner suspended . I guess Warner is one of the Clarke favourites who can do nothing wrong so hence a bit of resentment .

    Does anyone know the odds on Clarke remaining as Captain for the Ashes in Australia - worth a punt that he will lose his captaincy as the divisions in the team seem great.

  • Champagne_Cricket on June 28, 2013, 7:36 GMT

    It is very funny how some players such as Watson try to show that they play purely for the love of the game and to have fun. That era is over Watson. You guys get paid in millions of dollars. Grow up! You are professionals and are expected to deliver and should be disciplined if you cross the line. If there is no return on investment, then there's no reason to keep you in the team 'just to have fun'.

  • Babu22 on June 28, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    @ozcricketwriter: I have been reading your comments (against Mickey Arthur) in almost all Australian cricket articles on this site. Yes, I agree with you that "if they slack off too much then they should be dumped". And really that's what I think happened in India. They slacked off too much. Surely, you don't believe that the players were suspended only because they hadn't done their homework? Players not submitting their wellness reports, a general discord between Shane Watson and Michael Clarke, and the loss in two tests went a long way in suspending them. The coach asks the players to look at themselves and come back with answers. The purpose was to make them think. Players, whoever they are, should obey these kinds of commands. Especially when they are losing.These guys did not listen. Pls. understand. I am not saying that MA was right. All I am saying is that something had to give. And that was suspension of four players.