Shane Watson: "I'm sort of weighing up my future"

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Shane Watson concedes that he may retire from international cricket following his omission from the Australia squad on disciplinary grounds.

Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has hinted that he could be about to call time on his international career.

The 31-year-old was one of four players that were earlier today sent home from their nation's Test tour of India after they had failed to meet a request from coach Mickey Arthur.

Despite the fact that he believes that he still has plenty more to give, the vice-captain has admitted that his omission has made him consider his future.

"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 the 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.

"There are lot more important things in life. I certainly do love playing cricket and that passion is still there and I feel like I'm in the prime years of my cricket career. From that perspective I still feel like I've got a lot to give. But from a holistic perspective I've got to sit down with my family and decide which directions they are."

Watson made his Test debut for the Aussies against Pakistan back in January 2005.

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