|It's a BCCI conspiracy alleges Pattinson|
The big uproar in the cricketing world has been the dropping of four Australian players (Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja) for ignoring team orders. What were these all important team orders that they ignored? The four players failed to complete a team assignment assigned by their coach Mickey Arthur. The assignment asked the players to mention three points on how to improve their individual and team performances following the two disaster tests in India. The entire team failing the four completed the task and for that they've been shown the door.
So what have Australia done in the process? They have just denied themselves their vice-captain, two most experienced players in Indian conditions, their most successful bowler in the series so far, and a talented young player who was rumored to play at Mohali. In other words, trailing the series 2-0, the team management has managed to weaken itself.
The world of cricket reacted sharply at the over-reaction for such a small offense and here are just some of the voices over the issue.
"I'm stunned. I've never heard of this sort of thing before at top level in any sport. When you are losing there are niggling things there but they're grown men, it's not school boy stuff. It's not under-6s, this is Test cricket… there would have been a better way." - Mark Waugh
"Financially cricket is great these days, but I'm glad I played when it was enjoyable and cricket was all that mattered - wickets and runs." - Darren Gough
"From my experience report writing is not a player's strength, no surprise to hear some failing, need to focus more on field short comings?" - Tom Moody
"Adults we are, not schoolboys! Please let's act properly and make good decisions in India! Need these boys playing." - Darren LehmannMitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja, shocked told that they possibly couldn't do a presentation on how to improve their performances as they weren't playing in the first two tests. Shane Watson is said to be over-reacting to the over-reaction and considering his future, while Pattinson is nowhere to be seen. Sources close to him claim that he considers this to be a BCCI conspiracy.
|Phil Hughes' homework. (click to enlarge)|
|Watson's reacts seeing his disappointed parents.|
In other news, Watson who failed to turn in his homework, today was most viciously told by Arthur today that he will not play in next test. He broke down in tears and his parents were telephoned. He returned to Australia to meet his parent's wrath and is now said to be taken to task for his behavior. His mother briefly said that she was very disappointed in Watson and that he always did his homework in school. "I'll have to talk to him and figure this out," she said.
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