Ponting backs Watson in Australia crisis

Last updated 07:02 15/03/2013
Shane Watson
Getty Images
RETURNING: Australia vice-captain Shane Watson is heading back to India.

Relevant offers


Chris Cairns trial: Brendon McCullum won't be commenting, says lawyer Neil Wagner edges past Matt Henry; Mitchell Santner retains allrounder's spot to face Sri Lanka Cricket Australia will push for more day-night tests in light of fan survey Johnstone: Brendon McCullum needs to face the music over Chris Cairns perjury verdict Chris Cairns trial: My reputation 'scorched, burnt completely', former cricketer says Chris Cairns calls Brendon McCullum 'sad' for his part in the perjury trial In-form Cameron Fletcher wants Canterbury opening spot fulltime Mark Reason: Brendon McCullum's statements during Chris Cairns case should be questioned Australian bowler Mitchell Starc set to miss New Zealand tour: Rod Marsh NZCPA boss Heath Mills calls for police involvement in anti-corruption

Suspended Australia vice-captain Shane Watson received the backing of former skipper Ricky Ponting on Thursday as crisis surrounding the team rumbled on.

Watson, along with three other players, was suspended for the third test in India after failing to respond to a request from Australia's management for feedback on how the team could be improved.

Cricket Australia high performance manager Pat Howard described Watson as "sometimes" a team player but Ponting, one of Australia's most successful captains, begged to differ.

"Shane worked as hard as anybody around his cricket, there's no doubt about that," Ponting was quoted in Australian media.

"He's obviously made a blue here - I don't like to refer to it as homework because it wasn't homework - not getting his tasks done that were given to him by the coach.

"... I've never known him to be anything other than a very good team player and a great bloke to have around your team.

"I loved every moment that I played with Watto."

Mitchell Johnson, James Pattinson and Usman Khawaja were also dropped for the same reason.

Watson, who was initially thought to be considering his test career, has returned to Australia to be with his pregnant wife.

Describing his suspension as "extremely harsh" Watson hit back at Howards's comment this week.

"All I can really say is go around and ask every person I've ever played cricket with and that will give you the best indication of whether I'm a team man or not," he said.

"Pat Howard doesn't particularly know me very well. He's come from a rugby background and hasn't been in and around cricket very long."

Ad Feedback

- Reuters

Special offers
Opinion poll

Should bouncers be banned from cricket?

Yes - they're too dangerous

Neutral - it is what it is

No - it's just bad luck when it goes wrong

Vote Result

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content