Watson's father says son could shun baggy green to play in 'lucrative' IPL in future

Sydney, Mar 12 (ANI): Australian all rounder Shane Watson's father has claimed his son could shun Test cricket for the lucrative Indian Premier League (IPL) in future after getting sacked from the third Test match against India in Mohali along with the three other teammates over disciplinary breach.

Watson's father, Bob said playing Test cricket for Australia is the ultimate thing but if it comes down to it then his son is pretty good at Twenty20 cricket and the IPL.

Bob added Watson doesn't have to play for Australia to keep playing cricket and earning some pretty good money at the same time, adding he is not sure whether it has got to that stage yet.

Bob said if he goes true to form then his son would ask my opinion and if and when he does he will tell him what he thinks.

Bob Watson, a retiree who lives at Ipswich west of Brisbane, said he is yet to hear from his son since his stunning axing from the Test side, the Herald son reports.

Bob said his son had not given him any suggestion about a potential souring of relations with Test captain Michael Clarke that may have been one of the reasons for drama in the Test team.

Watson had hinted in January he might have to go home early for the birth but has been left gutted by the circumstances surrounding his axing to the point where he is now contemplating walking away from the game, the paper said.

The 16-man touring party was asked to complete a personal review of the team's culture and expectations and the improvements needed to be made for the third Test starting on Thursday, the paper added.

Watson, Pattinson, Khawaja and Johnson failed to submit a personal analysis, prompting team hierarchy, with the support of Clarke, to immediately rule the group out for the Test in Mohali, the paper concluded. (ANI)