Former New Zealand paceman Shane Bond has come out in support of the Australian team management's decision to axe four players from the next Test of the ongoing tour of India, saying it will reap long-term rewards for the side.
Team's vice-captain Shane Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja failed to put together a presentation about how the team could improve their performance in the remaining two Tests.
"I suppose that's that culture word, isn't it? The culture that they just expect stuff to be done when it's asked to get done," Bond told the AAP. "When you lose, everything comes into question and they've had two pretty comprehensive hidings really by India."
Bond, whose injury prevented him from playing Australia more than twice in Tests, had a remarkable record against the Aussies in the ODIs, claiming 44 wickets at 15.79 in 17 matches. The 37-year-old said the tough decision now taken will start showing results in the next one year. "And they might not come right in these next two Test matches but a year down the track, where will Australian cricket be? That's the question here."
According to Bond, the current group of players may not be that better suited for subcontinent conditions but they will fare far better in English conditions. "I thought they'd feel a bit of pain in India when I looked at their team they were taking over," he said. "I think their quick bowlers will come more into play [during the Ashes] and the conditions will suit their batsmen more."
Bond also said he would be surprised if Watson calls it quits, which the allrounder is contemplating after the axing. "Sometimes you can say stuff when it's still pretty raw," Bond said. "I don't think they'll lose players, I think they've all got a kick in the backside basically."