13 Mar 2013

Watson rebutts Howard criticism

10:45 am on 13 March 2013

The Australian cricket all-rounder Shane Watson has returned serve at Cricket Australia's high performance boss Pat Howard, saying the former rugby player doesn't know him very well, and hasn't "been in and around cricket for very long".

Watson returned to Australia Tuesday night to be with his pregnant wife after he was one of four players suspended from the third test in India for not completing a written task set by coach Mickey Arthur.

Watson told a large media contingent at Sydney airport he was shattered by the suspension, admitting he got that extremely wrong.

But Watson intimated that Howard was in no position to suggest he was only "sometimes" a team player and that he had issues with captain Michael Clarke.

The Australian vice captain hopes his test career hasn't ended.