MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia vice-captain Shane Watson will return to India on Monday after serving a controversial one-test ban.

Watson left the tour last week only hours after he and three teammates were suspended for a match for failing to submit self-critiques to Australia coach Mickey Arthur by a set deadline.

At the time, he said he was flying home to be with his pregnant wife before the birth of their first child and needed to consider his cricket future.

The severity of the punishment sparked ridicule and scorn from ex-test players but support from some commentators who supported a stricter approach to team discipline.

Cricket Australia issued a statement Monday saying Watson would rejoin the squad ahead of the fourth test starting March 22 in New Delhi.

 

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