Press Esc to close
Sunday 23 November 2014
News updated at 2:54 AM IST
Weather
Max: 0°C
Min : 0°C
In Bengaluru
Sunny day

Watson to return to India tour after 1-test ban

Mar 17, 2013 AP

Australia vice-captain Shane Watson will return to India on Monday after serving a controversial one-test ban.

Watson left the tour last week only hours after he and three teammates were suspended for a match for failing to submit self-critiques to Australia coach Mickey Arthur by a set deadline.

At the time, he said he was flying home to be with his pregnant wife before the birth of their first child and needed to consider his cricket future.

The timing of the exit eventually proved to be fortuitous for Watson as his son, Will, was born last Thursday.

The severity of the punishment divided public opinion in Australia, with many ex-test players pouring ridicule and scorn on the ban but some commentators supporting a stricter approach to team discipline as the team tries to regain the No. 1 test ranking.

Fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and backup batsman Usman Khawaja were also suspended for a test after failing to comply with Arthur’s instructions, prompting the harsh crackdown.

Watson was the central character in the fallout, particularly after Cricket Australia’s high performance manager Pat Howard described the 31-year-old, 40-test veteran as a team player “sometimes.”

Cricket Australia issued a statement on Monday saying Watson would rejoin the squad ahead of the fourth test starting March 22 in New Delhi.


Go to Top

Photo Gallery
Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

Elderly women take part in Tug-of War during annual month long sports competition...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

A tigress in a playfull mood at the Maharajbag Zoo in Nagpur, Maharashtra...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Indian Air Force (IAF) Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircrafts make a formation in the shape...

Players during the 3rd day of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru...

Players during the 3rd day of IBSF World Snooker Championship in Bengaluru...

Interim President, BCCI Shivlal Yadav felicitates Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma at the BCCI...

Interim President, BCCI Shivlal Yadav felicitates Indian cricketer Rohit Sharma at the BCCI...

Migratory birds arrive to make nest at tree at Islampur in Birbhum district of West Bengal...

Migratory birds arrive to make nest at tree at Islampur in Birbhum district of West Bengal...

Decommissioned warship, INS Vikrant being wrecked at Darukhana ship breaking yard in Mumbai...

Decommissioned warship, INS Vikrant being wrecked at Darukhana ship breaking yard in Mumbai...

Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters make a formation during a parade for presentation...

Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters make a formation during a parade for presentation...

Indian Coast Guard launching Interceptor Boat c-416 at Hazira, Surat...

Indian Coast Guard launching Interceptor Boat c-416 at Hazira, Surat...

Arun Jaitley with Mega actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth...

Arun Jaitley with Mega actors Amitabh Bachchan and Rajinikanth...

Copyright 2014, The Printers (Mysore) Private Ltd., 75, M.G Road, Post Box 5331, Bengaluru - 560001
Tel: +91 (80) 25880000 Fax No. +91 (80) 25880523