Sus­pended Wat­son wants to play for Aus­tralia again


Sus­pended Aus­tralia vice­cap­tain Shane Wat­son is de­ter­mined to play for his coun­try again and dis­missed on Tues­day sug­ges­tions that he had a poor re­la­tion­ship with cap­tain Michael Clarke.

Wat­son was one of four Aus­tralia play­ers sus­pended from the third test in In­dia for a breach of dis­ci­pline be­cause they failed carry out a task set for them by coach Mickey Arthur which was to present three ideas on how the team could im­prove.

Mitchell John­son, James Pat­tin­son and Us­man Khawaja were also dropped for the same rea­son. Asked whether this would be the end of his test ca­reer, Wat­son, quoted by lo­cal me­dia, replied: "I hope not."

Wat­son, who re­turned to Aus­tralia ear­lier in the day to be with his heav­ily preg­nant wife, ac­cepted re­spon­si­bil­ity for his ac­tions but ques­tioned the sever­ity of the pun­ish­ment.

"I ac­cept that I did the wrong thing with what I did, but I will al­ways find it very hard to ac­cept be­ing sus­pended from a test match for my coun­try," he was quoted as say­ing by The Syd­ney Morn­ing Her­ald news­pa­per.

"I've missed test matches and games through in­jury through­out my ca­reer. I feel like I've worked my ab­so­lute bum off to have an op­por­tu­nity to rep­re­sent my coun­try.

"When that's taken away from you, you think the ac­tions must be very se­vere. That's where we dif­fer on our opin­ions. I think it's ex­tremely harsh. I ex­pressed my ex­treme dis­ap­point­ment with the pun­ish­ment. But ev­ery­thing hap­pens for a rea­son in your life."

Wat­son took aim at Cricket Aus­tralia high per­for­mance man­ager Pat Howard, who had ear­lier said Wat­son was only "some­times" a team player.

"All I can really say is go around and ask ev­ery per­son I've ever played cricket with and that will give you the best in­di­ca­tion of whether I'm a team man or not," he said.

"Pat Howard doesn't par­tic­u­larly know me very well. He's come from a rugby back­ground and hasn't been in and around cricket very long."

He also chal­lenged Howard's view that he and cap­tain Clarke needed to "sort out their is­sues", say­ing that re­la­tion­ships were al­ways com­pli­cated. "I've been play­ing cricket with and against Michael Clarke since I was 12. We've got a lot of his­tory as peo­ple. We're ob­vi­ously quite dif­fer­ent peo­ple in cer­tain ways but very very sim­i­lar in a lot of ways as well," he said. "In the end, like you do in ev­ery re­la­tion­ship, it goes up and down and things are go­ing really well at the moment with me and Michael."

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