Australia vice-captain Shane Watson on Monday said he is going to consider his future in Test cricket, after he was axed from the squad for the third Test against India at Mohali, starting March 14.
Watson flew back home to be with his wife Lee, as the couple is expecting the birth of their first child in days to come.
The 31-year-old was axed from the 16-member Australia squad, along with fast bowlers James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson and middle-order batsman Usman Khawaja for failing to provide a three-point presentation to coach Mickey Arthur.
Watson said was ''absolutely shattered'' to be dropped and will contemplate his future as a Test cricketer.
Watson was quoted as saying by 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.”
“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 … I'm going to spend the next few weeks with my family and just weigh up my options of just exactly what direction I want to go,” he added.
“There are a 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,” Watson said.
The Australian vice-captain revealed that he was set to tell Michael Clarke and coach Arthur about the possibility of missing the fourth Test in Delhi, to be at home for the birth of his first child.
“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,'' he said.
''Also overnight, things have changed and Lee wasn't going to tell me things had changed because she knew how much it meant to me to be able to play this Test match. [The baby] was due in a couple of weeks but it's looking like things have sped up a little bit,” he added.
First Published: March 11, 2013, 6:53 pm