Australian vice-captain Watson says he is going to take some time to think about his future after being sent home from India tour.
Shane Watson is considering his future in Test cricket after being one of four players sent home from Australia’s tour of India for disciplinary reasons.
Watson, along with Mitchell Johnson, Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson were axed from the Test side for failing to make presentations to the team’s coaching staff.
It means that the all-rounder is able to return to be with his heavily pregnant wife but Watson was clearly unhappy with the decision.
“Any time you’re suspended from a Test match unless you do something unbelievably wrong, and obviously everyone knows what those rules are…. I think it is very harsh,” the 31-year-old told the Sydney Morning Herald.
“At this point in time I’m at a stage when I’m sort of weighing up my future and what I want to do with my cricket in general, to be honest.”
It is believed that Watson may take some time from the game to be with his wife and new-born child, but at only 31, it remains likely that he’ll return to the game.
However if the all-rounder was to decide to hang up his bat, it would spell the end for one of Australia’s most successful players of recent times.
Watson broke onto the international scene in 2002, making his ODI debut against South Africa, before breaking into the Test side in 2005. He has gone on to score over 2,500 runs in the five-day game, although like most of the Australia team, struggled to find any form with the bat in the last Test against India.
Shane Watson will clearly be missed if he decides to hang up his gloves, with former Liverpool and Manchester City midfielder, Dietmar Hamann, expressing his disappointment on Twitter: