Watson 'considering future' after axe
Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is considering his future in the sport after being one of four players dropped for the third Test against India - with skipper Michael Clarke suggesting the sanction was imposed for more than one breach of discipline.
Watson, along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson, was told he would not be considered for this week's must-win match in Mohali. He later left the team hotel and flew home to be with his pregnant wife.
Coach Mickey Arthur initially suggested the decision to axe the quartet had been made after they failed to submit a presentation on how the tourists could improve on their defeats in the first two Tests - but Clarke later confirmed it was "not just about one incident".
Before he left India, all-rounder Watson told The Australian newspaper: "Any time you are suspended from a Test match, unless you have done something unbelievably wrong and obviously everyone knows what those rules are - I think it is very harsh.
"In the end I have got to live with it. That is the decision they have made and at this point in time I am at a stage where I have to weigh up my future with what I want to do with my cricket in general. I am going to spend the next few weeks with my family and weigh up my options as to exactly which direction I want to go or keep on.
"I am going to have to sit down and work that out with my family. There are a lot more important things in life. I do love playing cricket and that passion is still there, and I feel I am in the prime years of my cricket career."
Having come in for criticism from former Australia players - ex-captain Allan Border described Cricket Australia's decision as "over the top" and batsman Mark Waugh said "it's not under sixes, this is Test cricket" - Clarke later explained the foursome had been in trouble previously.
Clarke said: "We can't accept mediocrity here. This is the Australian cricket team, maybe I am biased but there is a big difference between this team and other cricket teams. If you play for Australia there is a lot that comes with that and standards, discipline, culture...that is all a big part of what we are talking about here.
"A lot of people saying that (they have been too harsh) don't know the full story and hopefully by me giving them more information they will understand this. It's not the fact that they didn't do their homework, to represent this team we have high standards, we need to have those to get the best out of every person in this team.
"It's not just about one incident, there's been a number of things where we haven't been giving ourselves every single opportunity to be the best individual players we can be."