Sacked Watson contemplates retirement
Sacked from the team for breach of discipline, Australian vice-captain Shane Watson said he was contemplating retiring from Test cricket
An angry Watson said he was shattered with the team management’s decision. “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,” Watson was quoted as saying in the Australian media.
Watson, along with James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were dropped for the third Test for breach of discipline.
Watson, 31, said he is at the stage of his career where he was weighing up his future.
“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.
“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,” he said.