Sydney - Speculation about the Test future of
Australian vice-captain Shane Watson ended Monday with an announcement
that he will return to India after serving a one-match ban.
31-year-old returned to Sydney last Tuesday after he was dropped for the
third Test after failing to prepare feedback on how the team could
improve and deliver it to management. Three other players were also
Watson, whose wife gave birth last week, made it clear he
felt the punishment was overly harsh and said he would be considering
his future, but has decided to battle on.
"I've had several constructive discussions with team management back in Mohali over the past few days," he said.
spoken about how we are going to work together to move forward, as
Australia attempts to climb back to the top of the ICC rankings.
a burning ambition to be an Australian Test player for as long as I can
be and help Australia win those big Test series as well as the big ICC
His dumping fuelled rumours of a rift with skipper
Michael Clarke, which was intensified by Cricket Australia general
manager Pat Howard saying Watson was only "sometimes" a team player.
Watson said he had spoken with Howard and they were both now "on the same page".
looking forward to getting around the boys again and concentrating on
moving forward. I'm entirely committed to the team and being the best
player I can be," he said.
Head coach Mickey Arthur welcomed his
decision: "Shane's recommitment to the team in his chats with me this
week have been really positive.
"We're looking forward to having Watto back and around the group as we prepare for the fourth Test."
Watson had decided to quit, Clarke would have been desperately short of
experience ahead of an Ashes double header against England starting in
July, after the recent retirement of Ricky Ponting and Mike Hussey.