Australia vice-captain Shane Watson left the tour of India on Monday after being dropped for the third Test following a breach of discipline - and admitted the "very harsh" nature of his axing has left him considering his future in the sport.
Watson, James Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson were told they would not be considered for this week's must-win match in Mohali after they failed to provide coach Mickey Arthur with a presentation on how the tourists could improve on their defeats in the first two Tests.
Before his departure, he told The Australian newspaper: "Any time you are suspended from a Test match, unless you have done something unbelievably wrong and obviously everyone knows what those rules are - I think it is very harsh."
He added: "In the end I have got to live with it. That is the decision they have made and at this point in time I am at a stage where I have to weigh up my future with what I want to do with my cricket in general.
"I am going to spend the next few weeks with my family and weigh up my options as to exactly which direction I want to go or keep on.
"I am going to have to sit down and work that out with my family. There are a lot more important things in life. I do love playing cricket and that passion is still there and I feel I am in the prime years of my cricket career."
Watson's wife is pregnant with the couple's first child and it is understood a contingency was always in place for him to leave the tour early if necessary.
There has, though, been no word from Cricket Australia about whether he will come back to join his fellow exiles in being available for the fourth Test in Delhi. Either way, this episode is an embarrassing one for the Baggy Greens during an important tour and a matter of months before the Ashes trip to England.
Arthur, who came to the decision in concert with captain Michael Clarke and team manager Gavin Dovey, said: "This is a line in the sand. We pride ourselves on attitude. We have given the players a huge amount of latitude to get culture and attitude right.
"We believe that those behaviours are not consistent with what we want to do with this team, how we want to take this team to be the best in the world. I believe those four players unfortunately did not meet my requirements so those four players are not available for selection for this Test match."