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What They Said About

'It's not under-6s, this is Test cricket'

The cricket world reacts to the axing of Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja from the Mohali Test

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'Adults we are, not schoolboys!'  •  Getty Images

'Adults we are, not schoolboys!'  •  Getty Images

"I'm surprised that's the penalty for something so mundane. It seems like it was on a schoolboy tour or something. It's an over the top reaction."
Former Australia captain Allan Border
"I'm stunned. I've never heard of this sort of thing before at top level in any sport. When you are losing there are niggling things there but they're grown men, it's not school boy stuff. It's not under-6s, this is Test cricket… there would have been a better way."
Former Australia batsman Mark Waugh
"From my experience report writing is not a player's strength, no surprise to hear some failing, need to focus more on field short comings?"
Former Australia allrounder Tom Moody
"As I have always said the coach should not be a selector. He should communicate well with the players and help them prepare, that's it! Regarding the issue of four players being unavailable for Aust selection due to not delivering homework or a report to the coach, the answer is simple: the captain runs the team and in conjunction with the selectors picks the team. The captain should always have final say. Ridiculous what's happening."
Former Australia spinner Shane Warne
"Adults we are, not schoolboys! Please let's act properly and make good decisions in India! Need these boys playing."
Former Australia batsman Darren Lehmann
"To many wrong people are picked for jobs who give a fancy presentation!!"
Former Australia batsman Damien Martyn
"What is going on with Aussie Cricket?? Didn't realise you had to do an essay to get a selection these days..!!!!!"
Former England captain Michael Vaughan
"Implications from these actions are serious.. I feel it is deeper than it appears. Aust are in trouble!!"
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones
"Disappointed in the news of the players being sent home. Lead up to the Ashes is struggling. Need to get back on top #ausvind #breakingpoint"
Former Australia wicketkeeper Ian Healy
"Financially cricket is great these days, but I'm glad I played when it was enjoyable and cricket was all that mattered - wickets and runs."
Former England fast bowler Darren Gough
"To punish players for not being able to produce a PowerPoint presentation is baffling. They just haven't done their homework and to punish them is ridiculous. They have not been out until four in the morning, they have not been jumping off ferries or putting hands through doors."
Former England bowler Matthew Hoggard