Punishment was 'very harsh', says Shane Watson

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Published: Tuesday, March 12, 2013, 14:35 [IST]
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Punishment was 'very harsh': Watson

Mohali, Mar 12: Terming his sacking from the Test team as "very harsh," Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is weighing up his future.

"Any time you're suspended for a Test match unless you do something unbelievably wrong, and obviously everyone knows what those rules are . . . I think it is very harsh," Watson told reporters at team hotel in Mohali before leaving for Australia on Monday (March 11).

Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were omitted from Australia squad for third Test against India after breaching team orders.

Watson left the tour few hours after learning his sacking. Watson has gone back to Australia to be with his wife for the birth of their first child.

"At this point in time I'm at a stage where I'm sort of weighing up my future and what I want to do with my cricket in general, to be honest. I do love playing, there is no doubt about that, but at this point in time I'm going to spend the next few weeks with my family and just weigh up my options of just exactly which direction I want to go.

"I'm going to have to sit down and talk that through with my family. There are lot more important things in life - I certainly do love playing cricket and that passion is still there and I feel like I'm in the prime years of my cricket career. From that perspective I still feel like I've got a lot to give. But from a holistic perspective I've got to sit down with my family and decide which directions they are," he added.

Watson revealed that he was about to tell coach Mickey Arthur and captain Michael Clarke on Monday (March 11) that he would miss the fourth Test in Delhi to fly back home to be with his wife.

"I was about to communicate that to Mickey and the leadership group today but they obviously beat me to it by telling me I wasn't selected for this Test match," he said.

"Also overnight, things have changed and Lee (wife) wasn't going to tell me things had changed because she knew how much it meant to me to be able to play this Test match.

"It was due in a couple of weeks but it's looking like things have sped up a little bit."


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