Watson ordered home by Cricket Australia

Yahoo!7 Updated October 15, 2012, 10:13 am

In a move that is sure to infuriate Sydney Sixers officials, Cricket Australia have reportedly ordered Sixers all-rounder Shane Watson to return to Australia to prepare for the upcoming Test summer.

Watson’s Sixers are currently competing in the lucrative T20 Champions League in South Africa and the 31-year-old was to be a crucial component in their push for victory.

But News Limited is reporting Watson has been ordered to return to Australia by the end of the week.

He will play in Sydney’s matches against Yorkshire and Highveld Lions this week before heading home.

With a grueling six-Test summer approaching before tours to India and England next year, Cricket Australia are concerned Watson – arguably Australia’s most important player in all three forms of the game – will burn out.

While Watson has been ordered home, his Test teammates Mike Hussey, Ben Hilfenhaus, Brad Haddin and Mitchell Starc will be allowed stay in South Africa with their respective franchises.

Australia’s head of selectors John Inverarity last week flagged his reservations about the timing of the Champions League ahead of a crucial Test series against world No.1 South Africa, which begins on November 9.

"It is anything but an ideal preparation," Inverarity told News Limited.

"You just have to do your best but having the Champions League where it is now is not in the best interests of good preparation for the first Test."

Given Watson’s recent run of good form, the Sixers are sure to be angered that he has been made an exception by Cricket Australia.

Watson was named player of the tournament at the record World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and scored a brisk 46 runs in Sydney’s first-up win over Chennai on Sunday night (EDT).

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  1. Beerwolf04:49pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    #$%$ T20, how about nude womens matches?? That should put a bit of excitement into it for the old guard. The Umpire would struggle a bit thou, getting an eyeful of the wicket keeper's bits all day!!! Do Brazilians play cricket???..mmmm.

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  2. robert03:10pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Good call CA. Better still get rid of this rubbish T20 game. Same should be done for the others who are in the frame for Test selection, get them back playing Shield cricket.

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  3. Betty Swollocks03:06pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I completely agree with Daggers, and the rest dead right where is Cricket heading ,, its all about money, What about the game , AND these so called Selectors ???

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  4. Geoff03:03pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    One In All In, One Out All Out. Easy.

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  5. Rob02:42pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    hope ca is going to compensate watson for ordering him home after leaving others there it isthe bow they draw when they allow any contracted players play in outside comps

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  6. David Layton02:25pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Cricket is heading for big trouble. The hit and giggle form of the game is now taking over from real cricket ie. tests and to some extent one dayers. Players want to play hit and giggle due to the money and its all over before you can blink. The honor of playing test cricket for your country is now in serious threat to the hit and giggle game.Oh and do not not forget the betting side ( both legal and illegal) of the game. There is too much cricket played and the almighty dollar now rules.

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  7. Daggers01:39pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    It sounds like 1977 all over again ala world series cricket. Why cant the cricket establishment learn to co-exist with other cricket competitions, and allow all players to fulfil their other obligations. Our season hasnt started yet.

  8. Valecia01:31pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    I thought cricket was an 11 man team if CA are relying on one man then maybe they didnt pick the right squad in the first place so their advice should be all of you pick up your game or maybe we should get some new selectors.

  9. Chris01:10pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    Cricket focuses so much on International cricket it ruins the domestic game.

  10. pauly03512:38pm Monday 15th October 2012 ESTReport Abuse

    So if Watson is Australia's most important player, how does that make the Captain and the Vice Captain feel??? How about the rest of the team step up for once and have a crack and not have the team just rely on one or two name players.