One of the four Australian cricketers dumped for the third Test for not filling in a personal review has spoken of "issues in the team".
In-form fast bowler James Pattinson admitted there was "no excuse" for him, vice-captain Shane Watson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja not delivering a presentation which coach Mickey Arthur had asked of the whole squad following last week's humiliating innings loss to India in Hyderabad.
But Fairfax reports that Pattinson also hinted at ongoing unrest.
"We have had a few issues in the team, ones that I don't really want to go into but it builds up and it is the final straw so to speak," he said.
Fairfax report that Pattinson said the four players apologised to their teammates on Monday, before Watson decided to leave the tour and fly back to Australia.
"It should have been done, all the other players bar four got it in," Pattinson said.
"There is no excuse. It is disappointing to miss a Test match. It is something you personally love doing, but again when you took a look at the bigger picture, you understand what has happened and why it has happened.
"The coach wanted it in by Saturday night and it was one of those things where I didn't put in 100 per cent for the team.
"It was part forgetting and at this level you can't forget. It's pretty cut-throat and personally not good enough. It wasn't a hard task at all and it was something that was very valuable for the team going forward."
Several former players, including Allan Border and Darren Lehmann, have criticised the management's tough stance, saying the players had been treated like naughty schoolboys.
But Arthur said it wasn't an isolated incident, and Pattinson said the four had to cop it.Pattinson said: "We are a group of young players, we are not a group of great players like we've had in the past that can sometimes get away with it because they have performances on the board."
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