Miffed Shane Watson threatens to quit Test cricket

Watson walked out of the team after coach Mickey Arthur dumped him, Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja for breaching team discipline.

updated: March 12, 2013 00:01 IST
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Mohali: Australian cricket was plunged into a deep crisis on Monday when Shane Watson, vice-captain of the side touring India, and three other key players were sensationally sacked, prompting him to leave for home after saying that he was contemplating quitting Test cricket.

Trounced by India in the first two Tests, the Australian team was preparing for the third match beginning here Thursday but the team management made the shocking announcement that Watson, two frontline pacemen James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja had been dropped from the team on disciplinary grounds.

The four players were dropped for failing to make a presentation on how to improve their personal as well as the team's performance after the innings and 135 runs defeat in the second Test in Hyderabad.

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