Axed Watson may quit cricket
Shane Watson says he is considering quitting cricket after being axed from the Australia squad for disciplinary reasons.
Vice-captain Watson, 31, was dropped from the squad along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson, and he has now flown home to be with his pregnant wife who is expecting their first child.
The quartet were told they would not be considered for selection for the third Test in Mohali after failing to complete a report in which they were to suggest to management three points on how their individual performances and that of the team could be improved.
Watson believes he has been treated unfairly and told the Sydney Morning Herald: "Any time you're suspended for a Test match unless you do something unbelievably wrong, and obviously everyone knows what those rules are . . . I think it is very harsh.
"At this point in time I'm at a stage where I'm sort of weighing up my future and what I want to do with my cricket in general, to be honest.
"I do love playing, there is no doubt about that, but at this point in time I'm going to spend the next few weeks with my family and just weigh up my options of just exactly which direction I want to go.
"There are lot more important things in life - I certainly do love playing cricket and that passion is still there and I feel like I'm in the prime years of my cricket career.
"From that perspective I still feel like I've got a lot to give. But from a holistic perspective I've got to sit down with my family and decide which directions they are."
On the report he was supposed to have submitted to Micky Arthur he said: "I was about to communicate that to Mickey and the leadership group today but they obviously beat me to it by telling me I wasn't selected for this Test match."