Calcutta: Australian cricketing great Justin Langer has said he is “shattered” over the recent disciplinary action against members of the touring team in India, in particular Shane Watson.
Langer expressed his disappointment at the disciplinary action, saying he was “shattered”. “I hate gossip and I’d like to hear it from the horse’s mouth — and hopefully I will in the next few days — but if what we’re hearing is exactly right, I’m really shattered for the Australian cricket team,” Langer said.
“I came into the West Australian cricket team with this talk of culture and this need to improve culture. Well, I just find that what's happened overnight and now with Watto coming home ... Shane Watson is one of the nicest blokes you'll ever meet in your life, he is a fantastic bloke.
“To see him make a decision like that (returning to Australia), on the back of being left out of the Test match, I just find it really, really disappointing.”
Being left out of the side made for an easy decision for Watson, who opted to return to Australia to be by wife Lee's side as she prepared to give birth to the couple's first child.
Langer strongly backed Watson's decision to be on-hand for the birth and said he believed Clarke should not have a position on the board of selectors.
“I don’t think that the captain should be a selector,” he said. “The captain has a big enough job as it is and I look back on Steve Waugh, Ricky Ponting and Alan Border and some great leaders, and they weren’t selectors. I don't believe the captain should be the selector in any cricket team.”