Sydney, Mar 11 (ANI): Australian management has sensationally dropped vice-captain Shane Watson, fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja from their squad for the third Test match against India in Mohali for serious disciplinary breach.
Coach Mickey Arthur and team manager Gavin Dovey made the stunning announcement on Monday afternoon as Australia continued preparations for the third leg of the series, which they trail 2-0, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.
Arthur said Watson and Pattinson, as well as Khawaja and Johnson, had failed to deliver a presentation which management asked all players to complete following the embarrassing innings defeat in Hyderabad last week, the paper said.
Players were asked to outline three points on what they bring to the team by email or in person, and given five days to complete the task, and the four players did not complete the assignment by the given deadline.
Arthur said the shock axings were a move to maintain standards in team culture, adding this is a line in the sand.
Arthur added they pride themselves on attitude, and they have given the players a huge amount of latitude to get culture and attitude right.
Arthur further said they believe that those behaviours are not consistent with what they want to do with this team, how they want to take this team to be the best in the world, adding those four players unfortunately did not meet my requirements so those four players are not available for selection for this Test match.'
Arthur said the quartet would be available for the final Test in Delhi. (ANI)