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Ex-cricketers react sharply to suspension of Oz players

Former cricketers such as Dean Jones and Michael Vaughan today reacted sharply to the exclusion of four Australian cricketers, which includes vice-captain Shane Watson, from the side for the third Test against India starting Thursday. Watson along with pacers James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and batsman Usman Khawaja were dropped from the squad for ‘breaching protocol’, according to the team management.

Jones treaded a cautious path while reacting to the news but the likes of Damien Fleming and Vaughan didn't stop short at taking a dig at the team management's decision. ‘On a positive note Ed Cowan's presentation has just been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize!’ was Fleming's sarcastic comment, on his twitter page, @bowlologist.

Jones however didn't want to blame coach Mickey Arthur and skipper Michael Clarke for the current crisis. ‘Before killing off Micky and Pup or the 4 Players alleged transgression, there are always 2 sides to every story. It will all come ou. Not knowing the full facts. I wonder if Mickey Arthur rang James Sutherland CEO of CA for advice on this matter,’ Jones tweeted. Before sentencing.....If I was in Micky's shoes... I would have got advice from the CEO J Sutherland first. Then reacted.’ ut Jones also raised a question as to why the four Australian players didn't make the presentations. ‘The major question that should be asked. Why didn't the players give the presentations? were they scared of saying their opinion? Or Lazy?’

Former England captain Vaughan made fun of the decision. ‘What is going on with Aussie Cricket?? Didn't realise you had to do a Essay to get a selection these days..!!!!! Bowl better,Bat better, Catch better,communicate better...’
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