CA omitted from the third test of Australia against India,Shane Watson,James Pattinson,Mitchell Johnson and Khwaja for failing to produce a report on how to improve the Australian Performance against India in reply to the drubbing Australia received at the hands of India in the first two Tests.
The reason .according to Mickey Arthur,the Coach is that he had asked the Players to produce a report containing 3 points to perform better in the coming Test and the these Players did not do so.
Shane Watson flew home in anger.
If essays could win matches, Australia could induct some cricket writers into the team.
See some Tweets and comments.
@RichieBenaud_ : “So Australia has drawn a line in the sand. An important first move for any beach cricket team.
Former England captain Vaughan made fun of the decision. “What is going on with Aussie Cricket?? Didn’t realize you had to do an Essay to get a selection these days..!!!!! Bowl better,Bat better, Catch better,communicate better… Just bloody play better…. I am now available for Selection of Australia..!!!!!,”
The last one takes the cake.Seems that The team is trying to come to terms with the departure of the likes of Ricky Ponting and others.
Australians are so accustomed to winning they don’t refuse to accept that the present team is one of the weakest sent to India.
There are also unconfirmed reports that there is a sharp division in the team over Clarke and his Captaincy on the non inclusion of Lyon in the second test.
One thing is for sure, there is always controversy around irrespective of the fact whether Aussies win or lose!
“The touring Australian team management stunned the cricketing world on Monday by axing four key players – vice-captain Shane Watson, bowling spearhead James Pattinson, pacer Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja – from the team the upcomingthird Test against India for failing to make a presentation on how to improve their personal as well as team’s performance.
This news led to a miffed Watson flying back home in a huff, adding to the growing speculation about a huge rift in the team. The Australian all-rounder added fuel to fire by saying, “I think it is very harsh… At this point in time I’m at a stage where I’m sort of weighing up my future.”
Australia coach Mickey Arthur made the team management’s stand clear at a press conference: “That’s a line-in-the-sand moment. We have given these guys absolute clarity. After Hyderabad, the whole team was really hurting, we were discussing ways of getting back into the series.”
- ‘A global laughing stock’ (theage.com.au)