Aussies lose series with Watson at home

The decision to drop players ahead of the fourth test against India has backfired on Mickey Arthur.

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CAPE TOWN - Australian coach Mickey Arthur will be under pressure after his side lost the third test of a four-match series by six wickets against India in Mohali.

India now take an unassailable 3-0 lead.

Chasing 133 on the fifth day India reached the target with only four balls remaining in the test match and left Arthur to contemplate what could have been.

Shane Watson, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson were the four players suspended after they failed to hand in a team assignment that Arthur had given to them.

Watson opted to return to Australia for the birth of his child.

"The only reason that I came home was for the birth of my baby. There were a lot of different emotions that were going through my mind at the time when I found out about my suspension".

Watson has also dispelled rumors surrounding his retirement from test cricket.

"I'm still the vice-captain and I'm still contributing as a senior player. Mickey and the leadership group have been really supportive of that.

"It's been disappointing how things have panned out from my perspective and I've let the team down by not doing what I'm supposed to do."

The fourth and final test starts on Friday in Delhi. The Australians will aim to avoid an embarrassing white wash.