Players' unions blame Oz team management for allowing 'four player axing' issue to reach crisis point

Sydney, Mar 14 (ANI): Player representatives have said the Australian team management must take responsibility for allowing the issues related to the axing of four players from the Mohali Test to reach a crisis point.

This came as coach Mickey Arthur elaborated on the misdemeanours that led to the axing of vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja from the third Test, which included 'back-chat' or rude behaviour of the players, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Although the Oz players' union has declined to take a public stance on the decision, Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh is reportedly intending to write a letter to Cricket Australia in which he will express his disappointment that a pattern of small behavioural issues was allowed to reach a point where such drastic action was taken.

Meanwhile, Arthur has identified being late for a meeting, high skin folds, wearing the wrong attire, along with the back-chat and the bad attitude of the Australian players as some examples of behavioural issues that have been addressed discretely but continue to happen.

The coach had further said that players needed to improve their attitudes and performances both if they are serious about getting their team back on the number one spot in the world. (ANI)