New Delhi: Former skipper Ian Chappell on Monday indicated that the expulsion of the four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson, ahead of the third Test against Indian wouldn't have been possible without the "assistance and blessings" of Cricket Australia.
In an unprecedented move, Australia axed Watson and three other key players -- pacers James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawathe for failing to obey team management orders, giving a shocking twist to their already disastrous tour.
"It is surprising, you expect a bit more is going to come out of it. A move like this it's a huge thing... I don't remember anything of this sort in Australian cricket in the past... You go back to 1911 when the big six pulled out of the tour of England.