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Shane Watson Back In Australia After Test Demotion (PICTURES)

12/03/2013 11:57 GMT

Shane Watson insists he "loves" playing cricket for Australia - but stopped short of ruling out international retirement following this week's disciplinary issues.

Watson, James Pattinson, Mitchell Johnson and Usman Khawaja were all suspended for one match after failing to deliver a presentation, as instructed by coach Mickey Arthur, on the way forward following defeats in the first two Tests of their current tour of India.

Watson subsequently flew home to Australia to be with his pregnant wife and admitted he was "weighing up his future" at Test level.

And he told reporters today, in footage broadcast on Sky Sports News: "This will give me a time to be able to reflect on what's happened over the last couple of days, to absorb what's happened and have a think about where things are at.

"I absolutely love playing cricket, I love nothing more than having the opportunity and privilege to be able to represent my country."

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Watson was surrounded by reporters at Sydney airport

Watson revealed "things had sped up" as his wife, TV presenter Lee Furlong, prepares to give birth to their first child, a development he only became aware of after he was suspended.

"When I told her that things had changed with my selection, she let me know that things had certainly sped up," he said.

"She wasn't going to let me know that because she knew how much it meant to me to be able to play in the Test match.

"In the end, that is the reason why I'm home."