The axing of the four Australian players from the squad for the Mohali Test for not following team instructions is churlish to say the least. It is a well-known fact that the Aussies are sticklers for discipline, but the harsh action taken against Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khwaja is impossible to comprehend no matter what.
Not satisfied that India is doing a good enough job of it, the Australian tour management has sought to plunge the team into further disarray. Word coming from the Australian camp is that James Pattinson, Shane Watson, Usman Kwawaja and Mitchell Johnson have been removed from consideration for the third test as punishment for their failure to complete a team assignment.
In a shocking development, the Australian team management has dropped four players for the 3rd Test at Mohali on disciplinary grounds. Three of those dropped players are proven match winners – Shane Watson, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson. The fourth player is Usman Khawaja who was expected to play the Mohali Test in place of the struggling Phil Hughes.
Australia clubbed a ragged West Indies 5-0 in the ODIs played at home. Rarely were the Aussies in any sort of trouble as they out-powered Darren Sammy’s men game after game. Although it was a highly shabby performance from the West Indians...
Australia inched towards a cleansweep of 5-0 after defeating West Indies by 5 wickets in the Fourth ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground. The match was already Australia’s after the Windies were reduced to a disastrous 98 for 7.
The Australian selectors have announced the squad for the four-Test series against India in India, beginning on February 22. On paper, it isn’t a strong-looking side, weakened obviously by the retirements of stalwarts Ricky Ponting and Michael Hussey.