Clarke puts his foot in his mouth

As a captain and selector, Clarke played a big role in taking the shocking decision to drop Watson, Johnson, Khwaja and Pattinson.

Australian captain, Michael Clarke: "There have been a number of issues on this tour where I don’t think we have been hitting our standards," he said. "We have not been doing what is required for this Australian cricket team to have the success we want it to have."

"I want the public and the media to understand. Don't get me wrong, it's not just about one incident. Firstly, on this tour, our performances have been unacceptable and there has been some stuff off the field that has been unacceptable for the standards of an Australian cricket team."

"We can't accept mediocrity here. This is the Australian cricket team, maybe I am biased but there is a big difference between this team and other cricket teams."

Oh really, captain Pup?

Watson failed in Two Tests. Pattinson has been the stand out bowler for Australia. Khwaja and Johnson hasn't got a game yet.

If he really wants to drop someone, it is about time Clarke stood himself down. His decision to play four seamers in Chennai was very suspicious. Then not attacking Dhoni with short pitched bowling was equally baffling.

In the second Test, Clarke won the toss, decided to bat first and declares on the first evening! Very Cronjesque.

There's more to this story.

As far as Watson walking out... it is Karma. He was happy when Symonds was booted out of the team. It was Clarke who sent Symonds home from Darwin, after missing a team meeting while out fishing.

History Repeats Itself.

In 2009, Symonds was sent home from the T20 WC.

"On the eve of a very big tournament for us, losing one of our better players and better performed Twenty20 players in the world is far from ideal but we've got to move on from it as quickly as possible," Ponting said.

"James Sutherland made it pretty clear it was an alcohol-related incident, I'm not going to say any more than that.

"It was commitments that he'd made to himself and to the team, so as much as anything he's let himself down, he's let all his teammates down, he's let Cricket Australia down.

"There was more than one thing that happened, as has been mentioned as well, and I think it's best we just leave it at that."

The CA board decided to remove Symonds from the tour following a recommendation by the team leadership group, which includes Ponting, vice-captain Michael Clarke, coach Tim Nielsen and team manager Stephen Bernard.

"This is not wholly and solely about Andrew Symonds, this is about the bigger picture of the Australian Cricket team," Ponting said.

"We've got some guys in there that are just starting to find their feet and find out what it's all about to play cricket for Australia and represent your country.

"Little incidents like this that happen certainly don't have the best outcome on the whole group.

"That's what this decision is, it's all about having the best team environment we can possibly have and giving ourselves the best opportunity to bring on the next generation of Australian players."

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