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    The Chinese communist government of the 1970s had a problem with a gang of four and it’s now a similar situation for Australian cricket.

    If consecutive one-sided losses, questionable selections, a spluttering top-order and a dearth of quality spin bowlers weren’t enough for Cricket Australia to deal with, things have gotten infinitely worse in the past 24 hours.

    A bombshell of Bikini Atoll proportions was dropped yesterday in Mohali, with Australian coach Mickey Arthur calling a special media conference during which he announced that four players were not under consideration for the third Test – Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja.

    The ‘crime’ that saw their eligibility terminated was the fact they had not furnished the coach with a response to a request he made following the innings defeat in Hyderabad.

    The players were given five days to come up with responses to what could be done by the squad across three key areas – technical, mental and team – to arrest the rapidly escaping series.

    Arthur stated, “a lot of guys came to my room and did a presentation, a few guys have written fantastic emails, some guys put notes under my door, it was their preference.”

    However, four of the squad chose not to supply any thoughts whatsoever.

    And the four – following deliberations by Arthur, captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey – were stood down for the Mohali Test.

    The plot soon thickened when vice-captain Shane Watson packed up his gear and headed to the airport.

    It was mooted a few weeks back he may have headed home around this time anyway as his wife is shortly expecting their first child.

    But when buttonholed prior to his departure, his comments indicated he is far than enamoured by the treatment he has been dealt by tour management.

    “Any time you’re suspended for a Test match unless you do something unbelievably wrong, and obviously everyone knows what those rules are… I think it is very harsh,” Watson told Sydney Morning Herald.

    “At this point in time I’m at a stage where I’m sort of weighing up my future and what I want to do with my cricket in general, to be honest. I do love playing, there is no doubt about that, but at this point in time I’m going to spend the next few weeks with my family and just weigh up my options of just exactly which direction I want to go.”

    The comments were hardly what the powers that be at Cricket Australia’s Jolimont headquarters would like to hear.

    It appears Watson is an angry and disillusioned man.

    How the other three players in question have reacted is yet to be made public.

    It is hard to imagine this one episode required such a strict penalty to be handed down.

    While Arthur, at his media conference, alluded to the fact this was an isolated stand-alone incident, Clarke shortly after said otherwise.

    “I want the public and the media to understand, don’t get me wrong, it’s not just about one incident.

    “I know it is a tough day, a really tough day and it’s a tough decision, but at the end of the day if people are not hitting those standards there are going to be consequences.”

    It is certainly a case of mixed messages from the two men at the head of the team.

    Twitter has gone into overload with many suggesting or demanding Arthur be given his marching orders.

    Yet it is worth remembering he was not the sole judge, jury and executioner.

    The skipper also had a massive say in whatever penalty was to be levied and his comments show that personally he was far from happy with several issues during this tour.

    Chairman of selectors John Inverarity left the squad following the second Test and, at the time the story broke yesterday, his replacement as selector on tour Rod Marsh, was in Dubai in transit to Mohali.

    Such a serious penalty would surely not have been meted out without some form of approval from CA’s senior administration back in Australia.

    Arthur dubbed the move as a “line in the sand” moment.

    What impact it will have on the team’s output and morale over the next two weeks is anyone’s guess.

    It could galvanise those remaining in the camp or it could see the birth of splinter groups who feel their teammates have been too harshly dealt with.

    Either way, much of the focus will be on Clarke.

    Over the past 12 months he has carried Australia’s batting fortunes on his own shoulders while at the same time trying to tactically position them for victory.

    Many have given him a pass mark for his captaincy nous but it is about to face a test that few could have imagined.

    There is no doubt he will have made some enemies in the past day.

    Just how many though is currently unknown.

    And whether the four that have been called to question are willing to forget and forgive in the short term remains debateable.

    Already Clarke has had highly publicised falling outs with the likes of Simon Katich, Andrew Symonds and Damien Martyn during his time in the Australian team.

    Rumours abounded earlier this summer with regard to Clarke having been the man who put a line through Michael Hussey playing in the one-day series that followed the Sydney Test during which he retired.

    Speculation will no doubt be rife over this latest episode and Clarke’s role in it.

    Arthur said at his media conference the quartet would be eligible for selection for the fourth Test at Delhi.

    The coach made those comments before Watson checked out of the team hotel.

    Whether his return to Australia will affect his immediate future is yet another unknown with regard to this still unfolding saga.

    Many have questioned the need for an international coach to seek such detailed feedback from his squad.

    But, in essence, such actions are not unusual.

    Many coaches have sought such feedback from their charges in times of collective stress and poor performance.

    Indeed, many of those who preach effective man management practices support obtaining a buy-in from the troops.

    But never has there been such a reaction should a player fail to provide his thoughts.

    On the one hand it may seem to be a rather old-school – if not, in some people’s eyes, a primary school – way of handling things, it is also fair to say that what was asked for was hardly arduous.

    12 of the 16-strong touring party appear to have had little issue as to what was required.

    Where the ‘gang of four’ have let themselves down badly is not confronting the coach during the five-day period during which they were asked to mull over the situation and air their personal concerns over what they were asked to do.

    If they simply chose not to do it and effectively thumb their nose at the coach, no matter how you read it, they have done the wrong thing.

    But, having said that, a one-Test ban does seem to be an overreaction, although the captain has stated this may well have been the straw that broke the camel’s back.

    If that is indeed the case, the fans deserve to know the full reason that four players have been axed from the side.

    With Australia’s parlous batting display in the opening two Tests, and Phillip Hughes’ (24 runs at 6) in particular, Khawaja was pretty much guaranteed a Test comeback.

    Pattinson has clearly been the side’s most effective bowler thus far and Johnson would have been under strong consideration.

    And as for Watson, who has had his place in the top-six questioned by many, ironically Mohali is the venue for one of his two Test centuries during his 41-Test career, having made 126 there in 2010.

    We now sit and wait – for further information on the other on-tour misdemeanours; the impact the axings will have on the side for Mohali; and what aftermath may flow from this saga in the months ahead.

    One thing is for sure, there is no such a thing as a dull moment at present with regard to Australian cricket.

    Glenn Mitchell
    Glenn Mitchell

    After 21 years as a sports broadcaster with the ABC, since mid-2011 Glenn Mitchell has been freelancing in the electronic and written media. He is an ambassador for mental health in Australia, and tweets from @mitchellglenn.

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    • Roar Guru

      March 12th 2013 @ 4:38am
      Harsh Sinha said | March 12th 2013 @ 4:38am | ! Report

      This tour has proven to be the worst and if now India cannot beat oz 4-0, they never will.

    • March 12th 2013 @ 6:25am
      Indian cricket fan said | March 12th 2013 @ 6:25am | ! Report

      Aussie cricket management needs to clean up its act. I posted the following for a similar story here:
      1. Guys like Micky & pup are shrewd (even crooked) operators who are quick to cover their behinds and deflect blame when the going gets tough. Obviously Micky sees his job on the line and in a manner typically seen in the corporte world, by ordering for presentations he wants to show he’s tough and in control. These presentations serve no other purpose.
      2. Guys like Watson, Pattinson & Johnson are true sportsmen with a genuine love for the game and good guys within. It seems like it’s always the good guys that get hurt. They did the right thing by rejecting such a stupid directive challenging their commitment to the game. They are not schoolboys and a reassuring pat on the back would have been far more effective.
      3. How this incident is settled will have a strong bearing on the future of Australian cricket for a while. If management prevails over the players it will go further in breeding nepotism and sub-par cricketers.
      Hope to see good cricket from all corners.

      • March 12th 2013 @ 7:14am
        BBA said | March 12th 2013 @ 7:14am | ! Report

        Anybody who did not comply with this request did not do the right thing and is not acting in the teams effort.

        Personally they could have responded “sack the coaching staff” and they would have at least complied, and that would have taken 10 seconds.

        If they are not interested in being involved with the solution they are part of the problem.

        I agree the punishment is over the top, however they either will not be playing for Australia, or they will not make that mistake again. It is beneficial when your team is not going well, and has a big year coming up to send a message to everyone both inside and outside the immediate playing group the level of commitment that is required. If they are not prepared to do that its better for everyone to know sooner than later.

        PS The vice captain not comply with this “request” is unforgiveable, especially when he has not been performing.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 9:27am
          dave gray said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:27am | ! Report

          if they had just done what Clarke and Arthur had asked to do, we would have won the next test by a mile, now it’s all the fault of the 4 naughty boys. Clearly Clarke and Arthur know what is right for them, they have been outstanding so far. Picked a great squad, got the balance right, nailed the first test team for the conditions, I mean what more can they do…ban the 4 for life I say!

          • March 12th 2013 @ 1:06pm
            Indian cricket fan said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:06pm | ! Report

            Good point. Mickey & Pup can now pin any more losses in India on the four naughty boys. Pup’s garnered quite a reputation as a “team player” over the years – what a bloody trail. Bad for the future of Aussie cricket. Sadly Watto’s not the type who will make conciliatory moves for the sake of getting back into the team for he’s done nothing wrong here. So Watto’s future is completely in the hands of Pup and the selectors. Oh well, at least I’ll be able to follow Watto’s feats in the IPL.

      • March 12th 2013 @ 7:04pm
        Sanjay said | March 12th 2013 @ 7:04pm | ! Report

        Watson and Clarke need to sort out their issues, as our younger talent(i.e Pattinson and Khawaja) have been caught up in it

    • Roar Guru

      March 12th 2013 @ 9:23am
      langou said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:23am | ! Report

      You can see Clarkes frustration. He is carrying the side whilst other players are failing around him. Maybe he just wanted the players to go away and have a good hard think about how to improve. He wanted them to spend some time thinking about batting for a long time, not playing across the line, bowling a consistent length ect..

      Just spend some time reflecting rather than just nodding their head in agreement at the next team meeting.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 12th 2013 @ 9:37am
        josh said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:37am | ! Report

        Who is to say they weren’t? Micky Arthur was touted as a good player management man. He clearly isn’t, it’s either his way or else. Some people don’t respond to written tasks and may have been better verbalising it in a team meeting or doing in the nets privately.

        It’s an easy cop out and poor management and poor coaching. Australia deserve to lose 4-0 here and 5-0 in England.

        Was a fan of Clarke but it appears he’s running the same boys club mentality like those before him.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 9:59am
          jameswm said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:59am | ! Report

          Maybe he is. Maybe this is a way to get more out of them.

          Time will tell.

          • Roar Rookie

            March 12th 2013 @ 10:23am
            josh said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:23am | ! Report

            It will get more out of those who respond to that style. For those that don’t it will alienate them.

            Regardless of the reason’s why the four didn’t do it. It is still a big call to say you don’t get to play; that is as childish as not doing it due to laziness. That’s why people think it’s a cop out on Arthur’s behalf and reeks of managerial incompetence.

        • Roar Guru

          March 12th 2013 @ 10:18am
          langou said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:18am | ! Report

          “Some people don’t respond to written tasks and may have been better verbalising it in a team meeting or doing in the nets privately. ”

          Just ignoring the whole thing and not bothering clearly isn’t the way to go.

          • Columnist

            March 12th 2013 @ 1:26pm
            Glenn Mitchell said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:26pm | ! Report

            I think Iangou you are spot on. If the players did not wish to complete the task or felt it was a waste of time they needed to convey that to either the coach or captain. To simply ignore it was not professional at all.

            • March 13th 2013 @ 2:37am
              buddha9 said | March 13th 2013 @ 2:37am | ! Report

              professional is an easy word to toss around Glen — we’ve only got mickey arthur’s side of the story — these things are better dealt with by general team meetings but there has to be a quality of trust involved and clearly thats not the situation now — Arthur’s got a track record of this sort of divisive behavior as has clarke — its also been clear for a while that selections aren’t based on form but rather on mates pick — Arthur is responsible for the team but he seems to be acting in a very partisan manner here — clearly the team is not performing and acting in this OTT manner hasn’t helped anyone — I also suspect that Arthur’s main talent is for covering his arse. There’s a million other more positive ways to have handled this and all the management have done is make a weak team weaker.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 11:41am
          Disco said | March 12th 2013 @ 11:41am | ! Report

          Interestingly, Arthur fell out with numerous South African players for maintaining a boys club of Smith, Kallis, De Villiers and Boucher. Seems now he has Clarke, Maxi, Cowan and Shaun Marsh.

          • March 12th 2013 @ 12:38pm
            barry said | March 12th 2013 @ 12:38pm | ! Report

            because smith AB boucher and kallis are such ordinary players. Ever think coaches like certain players more because they believe they have talent? Not because there buddies?

            • March 12th 2013 @ 2:28pm
              Disco said | March 12th 2013 @ 2:28pm | ! Report

              Quite possibly. But Australia doesn’t have such talent so alienating players is pretty pointless.

          • Roar Pro

            March 12th 2013 @ 5:20pm
            aggregated drupe said | March 12th 2013 @ 5:20pm | ! Report

            You forgot Doherty

        • March 12th 2013 @ 12:24pm
          jonesy74 said | March 12th 2013 @ 12:24pm | ! Report

          It’s professional sport and their job. If they were asked to do it, comply, and do it.

          • Columnist

            March 12th 2013 @ 1:31pm
            Glenn Mitchell said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:31pm | ! Report

            I have to agree Jonesy. It is common practice in the AFL for players to watch video of their upcoming opponent and provided a written response to the head coach or relevant line coach as to the key things they need to do on the weekend to overcome their opponent. I am sure that a coach such as Mick Malthouse or Leigh Matthews would not take kindly to a player who simply failed to comply with what was expected of them. In fact, I wouldn’t mind betting that a suspension would be implied to such individuals.

            Having said that though, on face value a One Test suspension does smack of very harsh treatment. Clarke’s comments allude though to the fact that this is just one of several things hat have occurred on tour that both he and the coaching staff have not been happy with. What those issues are need to made public if only to allay all the talk that is currently cramming websites and radio airtime.

            • March 12th 2013 @ 1:43pm
              Jules said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

              Glenn, they weren’t ask to analyse their opponent, but to speak about their personal ideas for mental, individual and team performance. People seem to be forgetting that two of the guys stood down hadn’t even played in the first two games. Do coaches of other sporting teams ask the reserves to comment on how the selected players performed? It’s a no-win situation for such players and unfair to ask them to do this.

              • March 12th 2013 @ 2:31pm
                Disco said | March 12th 2013 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

                Khawaja could have written: ‘I never get picked for a Test even though my first-class record suggests I’m comfortably one of Australia’s top few batsmen. Why is that, coach/selector? Do I need to improve my blokeyness, Australian-ness perhaps?’

      • March 12th 2013 @ 10:38am
        mick the clown said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        Clark may be the best individual performer in the side, but his on-field captaincy is woeful, and his selections (as he is part of the NSP) are inconsistent. –

        I see this as a classic lack of leadership. – At any time, did Clark chase the 4/ remind the 4 for their ideas?

        To forget is human. – The punishment does not fit the crime, and there is clearly more to the story that we are not privvy to, but it comes down to a woeful lack of leadership.

        How is it possible for the other 12 members to have ideas for improvement and these not be shared with the VC? – (to remind the VC the importance of it). – Its not as though the team has the luxury of 6 weeks until the next test?

      • March 12th 2013 @ 10:38am
        mick the clown said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:38am | ! Report

        Clark may be the best individual performer in the side, but his on-field captaincy is woeful, and his selections (as he is part of the NSP) are inconsistent. –

        I see this as a classic lack of leadership. – At any time, did Clark chase the 4/ remind the 4 for their ideas?

        To forget is human. – The punishment does not fit the crime, and there is clearly more to the story that we are not privvy to, but it comes down to a woeful lack of leadership.

        How is it possible for the other 12 members to have ideas for improvement and these not be shared with the VC? – (to remind the VC the importance of it). – Its not as though the team has the luxury of 6 weeks until the next test?

        • March 12th 2013 @ 12:49pm
          Dr NRL said | March 12th 2013 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

          Clearly the C and VC don’t speak often. Tells you all you need to know.

      • Roar Rookie

        March 12th 2013 @ 1:32pm
        andycox said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:32pm | ! Report

        “a lot of guys came to my room and did a presentation, a few guys have written fantastic emails, some guys put notes under my door, it was their preference.”- Really, this would hardly seem like a demand for extensive and unreasonable work.

        Instead, it would seem merely the coach and captain asking for a bit of buy-in from the players.

        They’ve just asked for some involvement and had it thrown in their faces. I could suggest that their inaction is a reflection of this quartet’s reluctance to accept any responsibility. Surely they’d prefer to blame others, the coach, captain and management.

        All to often in sport do we see players nodding along in team meetings, only to walk out of the team room and throw stones. Arthur and Clarke have simply asked everyone to be honest and let them know their opinion.

        Not doing so is cowardice. In India, and in England, courage is the minimum requirement.

        The fact that Shane Watson publicly threw his toys out of the cot pretty well backs up my contention.

        Lee Furlong is going have to look after more children than she first thought.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 1:38pm
          chris b said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:38pm | ! Report

          Yeah there cowards for not completing homework. Right
          Mate cowards are those that go along with every order and directive from governments, management etc.
          These four are heroes for defying the corporatist trend of modern sport

          • Roar Rookie

            March 12th 2013 @ 3:27pm
            andycox said | March 12th 2013 @ 3:27pm | ! Report

            We clearly have quite different ideas of heroism. A hero actually does something.

            I can’t find anywhere in any reports that the four of them fronted up to Arthur and Clarke and said ‘this is corporate horse pucky and we’re not standing for it.’

            No. They just ignored the exercise.

            Heroic indeed.

            At least if they made a stand and launched a tirade against the ‘corporate trend in Australian sport’ I would respect them. They would then at least be part of the solution.

            They’d be doing something.

            Please don’t misinterpret apathy for heroism

    • March 12th 2013 @ 9:38am
      Worlds Biggest said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:38am | ! Report

      What a complete farce, the players should have complied however the punishment is utterly ridiculous. The Arthur dictatorship is in full swing.
      This tour is a shambles of the highest order.

      • Columnist

        March 12th 2013 @ 1:33pm
        Glenn Mitchell said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:33pm | ! Report

        Everyone keeps forever ring to the fact that this problem lays fairly and squarely at the feet of the coach. He may have been the one responsible for suggesting the ‘homework’ idea but he was not the sole arbiter on what then transpired with regard to the play suspensions. Clarke would have had just as bigger part in the final decision.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 1:43pm
          chris b said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:43pm | ! Report

          True Glenn, Clarke is obviously a shocking bloke, but he is our best player by a country mile.
          Arthur serves no discernable useful function and has misunderstood Australian culture big time here, many of ts still hold against this corporate babble.
          We must find a way to allow Boof to take the national coach gig.

    • March 12th 2013 @ 9:42am
      doozel said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      A joke, these types of exercises very rarely produce anything of value. They are regular staple of the MBA style of management and rife in the corporate world. It seems to be me that too many people at CA think you can “manage” out of a text book.

      An appropriate punishment would have these guys to be called out in the team meeting and told to get their act together. By going done the public flogging route team management have made themselves a laughing stock and also undermined their own authority. This is especially harsh on the younger cricketers (Pattinson and Khawaja), I imagine the talk amongst the players was taking the piss out of the whole exercise and they just thought it would be a none issue.

      From a captaincy perspective this could be the undoing of Michael Clarke, he is the best batsman, tactically very aware but his man management skills haven’t been tested. He should of just been pulling these guys aside and giving them a kick up the arse. To publicly question their commitment is a very bad move in my mind.

      Just like the corporate world, great people make great teams not process. CA needs a total clean out starting with James Sutherland, the decline of Australian cricket over his 10 years in charge is alarming.

      • March 12th 2013 @ 9:55am
        Rugby Diehard said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:55am | ! Report

        well put doozle

      • March 12th 2013 @ 10:00am
        jameswm said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:00am | ! Report

        Maybe that type of punishment has been tried before.

        We don’t know how endemic the problem is.

        • Columnist

          March 12th 2013 @ 1:34pm
          Glenn Mitchell said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:34pm | ! Report

          A very good point James, which underlies the fact that the fans, and even former players who are making many strident comments, are told the full story.

          • March 12th 2013 @ 2:31pm
            Steve said | March 12th 2013 @ 2:31pm | ! Report

            As has been said often here..until we here the full story we can’t say whether it is harsh or not. UInfortunately Arthur is saying it was this one event where as Clarke is saying that it is many!!?? So what is the story? If it is the one event then even though the players are wrong it is an over reaction and if not and it is many events then we need to be told.

      • March 12th 2013 @ 10:46am
        Stephen said | March 12th 2013 @ 10:46am | ! Report

        Feel most sorry for Johnson and Khawaja, both were due to play their first game and will miss out now, hopefully they are back for the 4th test, i think this is a PR decision gone terribly wrong

        • March 12th 2013 @ 11:43am
          Disco said | March 12th 2013 @ 11:43am | ! Report

          Khawaja has been ostracised from Test cricket since the loss to NZ in Hobart. Yet he’s meant to suck up to a coach/selector who clearly holds a grudge against him and would rather pick the likes of Marsh, Quiney, Cowan, Forrest and Wade in the top six.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 11:52am
          Ken Hambling said | March 12th 2013 @ 11:52am | ! Report

          What about Pattinson, he has been our lion hear, Khawaja has done so well under boof and worked so hard. Is this just a cover up on the coach and selectors on how bad this tour has been? If you dont want to pick these guys no problem… But this “no assignment handed in” excuse is pathetic regardless of the point your making. Australia doesnt win because we did our homework. Did Merv, Boony or Tugger hand there written essays before multiple series wins. Fair Dinkum CA you have lost the public now

    • March 12th 2013 @ 9:42am
      dishes said | March 12th 2013 @ 9:42am | ! Report

      Good on you Shane Watson. The only person with common sense in this situation. Michael Clarke has shown how fascist he can be with the Simon Katich situation. Micky Arthur has shown his hand too- how can you sack players for not doing your job for you? Our bad performances in India make sense now- bad management.

      • March 12th 2013 @ 11:32am
        Nick Inatey said | March 12th 2013 @ 11:32am | ! Report

        MIckey Arthur was trying to get his players to take responsibility for their own failings, instead of him having to tell them all the time.
        I cannot believe you can support someone who has been dropped and is now threatening to quit.

        You must be a big fan of Quade Cooper too then? Someone who is a triumph in mediocrity but has timezone sized ego.

        • March 12th 2013 @ 12:49pm
          barry said | March 12th 2013 @ 12:49pm | ! Report

          +1. How people can stamd up for watson (or any players) right now boggles the mind

          • March 12th 2013 @ 1:21pm
            chris b said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:21pm | ! Report

            What about the coach taking some responsibility for the current disaster of aus cricket. He’s pretty well paid, but with very little positive outcome, but no, its not him it the crap selection panel, its all down to 2 blokes who haven’t played, our best pace boeler and the vice cap.
            Who gives a crap if they don’t fill in silly forms, its this kind of mindless, fascistic exercise that stifles creative in many workplaces.
            For those supporting the coach and his lackeys, i’d like to see one positive outcome out of doing this homework (and not some HR crap reason, a genuine on field improvement it could generate.)
            If so many great ex+players think its rubbish, that’ll do for me.

      • Columnist

        March 12th 2013 @ 1:40pm
        Glenn Mitchell said | March 12th 2013 @ 1:40pm | ! Report

        Dishes, if you think the shots chosen by the likes of Hughes and co in the last Test was as a result of ‘poor management’ then I think we may as well just stop selecting a cricket team to represent this country. Players have to take a lot of responsibility for their actions in the middle. It is to easy to always ball back on the old adage that it is the coach’s fault that a team is failing. The players were asked for inout on how they could improve their own performance, and by extension, that of the team. Ignoring that request will not solve anything.
        The penalties meted out are another matter. And until either Clarke or Arthur publicly speak of the other issues of unprofessional behaviour that pre-dated the suspensions too mush speculation will continue to abound.

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