Shane Bond backs Oz decision to sack quartet

Shane Bond, the former New Zealand fast bowler, believes that the suspension of four Australian players during their on-going tour of India will not hurt the side in the long run.

updated: March 12, 2013 13:59 IST
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Wellington: Former New Zealand pacer Shane Watson has backed Australia's decision to suspend four players, including vice-captain Shane Watson from the third Test against India on disciplinary grounds, saying the move will augur well for the future of the team.

After the ongoing tour of India, Australia's next Test assignment is the Ashes in England from July and Bond does not believe the sacking episode will have any long-term implication on the performance of the team.

"I thought they would feel a bit of pain in India when I saw the team they were taking over, I didn't expect them to win. But I expect them to be a different unit in England or in their home conditions where the fast bowlers come more into play. I don't think this series will have too many bearings on how they'll play in the Ashes," he said.

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