Aus coach Mickey Arthur says 'back-chat' and 'attitude' a problem

Trailing 2-0 in the Indian Test series, all the players had been told to prepare feedback on how they could improve and were given five days to deliver it, but four failed to meet the deadline and paid a heavy price.

updated: March 13, 2013 10:12 IST
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Sydney: Australia coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday said a team culture including unacceptable "back-chat" and "attitude" forced him to controversially axe four players for the next Test in India.

The move to suspend vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson has polarised opinion in Australia, with commentators calling it one of the most sensational decisions in decades. (Also read: I was wrong but why suspend me, asks Shane Watson)

Arthur said it was the culmination of "lots of small minor indiscretions that have built up to now" and would be looked back on in years to come as a "defining moment" for Australian cricket.

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