Cricket Australia backs decision to axe players

Updated: Mar 12, 2013, 11:49 AM IST

Zeenews Sports Bureau

Mohali: Cricket Australia (CA) has defended the team management’s decision to sack four of its leading cricketers from the third Test against India at Mohali on disciplinary grounds.

CA on Tuesday held a teleconference with CA management to take a briefing following Monday's events in Mohali and felt that they have done the right thing

"We had a discussion so we could be fully updated on the issues surrounding this event and allow board members to ask questions of the management. The board is completely supportive of the actions taken by team management," CA Chairman Wally Edwards said in a statement.

CA’s high performance manager Pat Howard also raised questions over the commitment of Shane Watson to the side saying the star all-rounder ‘sometimes’ acts in the best interest of the team.

Shane Watson along with Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usam Khawaja were axed by team’s head coach Mickey Arthur on Monday for failing to come up with their views on issues related to improving team’s performance.

Apparently unhappy with the decision, Watson took a flight back to Australia saying he was contemplating retirement from Test cricket altogether.

On the other hand pacer James Pattinson agreed with the team’s decision saying he has apologised for his “selfish” attitude.

"It shows a lack of respect to the coach, the captain as well, and the rest of the team. I know if I was in their position, as a team member, I’d be quite disappointed in them for being a bit selfish," Pattinson was quoted as saying by an Australian website.

"Everyone in the group needs to understand that this is the lengths we need to go to to be successful as a team.”

"We had a training session yesterday and we apologised to the team about it,” he said.

With PTI