Cricket: Australian board leaves door open for Watson after suspension

SYDNEY (AFP) - Cricket Australia general manager Pat Howard said on Tuesday that the door was still open for Shane Watson to play Tests after the vice-captain returned home following his axing from their next India match.

The 31-year-old was one of four players suspended for one Test after failing to prepare feedback and deliver it to management on how Australia could improve, with the team trailing 2-0 in the series.

Stunned Watson suggested he could quit Test cricket altogether.

Howard said Watson was still in contention, but must start toeing the team line, implying he was not always a team player.

"I know Shane reasonably well. I think he acts in the best interests of the team, sometimes," he said in Brisbane. "I am not going to get drawn into that any more. But there are failings in the system in that we are not getting the best out of Shane - that's our fault."