14 Mar 2013

Four Australian cricketers stood down

11:55 am on 14 March 2013

Failing to do their homework has cost four Australian cricketers, including vice-captain Shane Watson, the chance to play in the third test against India in Mohali this week.

Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja will not be considered for selection after failing to meet a deadline to provide feedback to coach Mickey Arthur on how the side can improve after being thrashed in the first two tests.

The players were asked to list three points on what they bring to the team, which was to be delivered to team management in person or via email during a five-day timeframe.

Arthur describes the decision as a "line in the sand" moment.

He says after Hyderabad they were discussing ways of getting back into the series and he asked the players to give him a presentation individually.

He says four players didn't do that and the decision to stand them down will hopefully serve as a warning to the tour party.

Meanwhile Watson has travelled home to Sydney for the birth of his first child, but skipper Michael Clarke says he's hopeful Watson will be available for the fourth test in Delhi starting on March 22nd.