Shane Watson, pacers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and young batsman Usman Khwaja were dropped for the third Test after failing to make presentations in a team meeting as instructed by the management.
"That's a line-in-the-sand moment. We have given these guys absolute clarity," Australia coach Mickey Arthur said while making the announcement at a press conference.
The stunning turn of events leaves Australia, trailing 0-2 in the series, with just 13 players to choose from for the third Test starting here on Thursday, PTI reported.
"After Hyderabad the whole team was really hurting, we were discussing ways of getting back into the series," Arthur said.
"We were particularly aware of where we were as a team and how we were going to get back. I asked the players at the end of the game to give me an individual presentation.
"I wanted three points from each of them technically, mentally and team as to how we were going to get back over the next couple of games, how we were going to get ourselves back into the series," he added.
Arthur said the dropped players failed to meet the deadline set for making the presentation and it was important to maintain team discipline by punishing them. .