A video of Australian captain Michael Clarke backing his side's decision to axe four cricketers – Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson – from their squad for the third Test match against India, which begins on Thursday, March 14.

"I want the public and the media to understand. Don't get me wrong, it's not just about one incident. Firstly, on this tour, our performances have been unacceptable and there has been some stuff off the field that has been unacceptable for the standards of an Australian cricket team," Clarke was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

"I know it is a tough day, a really tough day and it's a tough decision. But at the end of the day, if people are not hitting those standards there are going to be consequences," Clarke said.

Clarke felt that there was nothing wrong in the coach asking them to do a specific task as players got a couple of days to regroup, PTI reported.

"We were asked to do one thing from the head coach. It was giving information back to the head coach about not only improving your game – what you've learnt from the first two Test matches – but also how can you help this team turn things around and have success."