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Shane was never late with his homework at Ipswich Grammar!

HOMEWORK PENALTY: Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has left the tour of India.
HOMEWORK PENALTY: Australia vice-captain Shane Watson has left the tour of India. Ryan Pierse

MICKEY Arthur might struggle to get a job at Ipswich Grammar, where Shane Watson was never in strife for handing in late homework.

Former Ipswich Grammar student Watson was the highest profile player to be cut from the Test team touring India by coach Arthur for failing to hand in an assignment on what must change for a better result in the next Test.

Watson, Usman Khawaja, James Pattinson and Mitchell Johnson were all dropped for not completing the "homework", with Watson leaving the tour and reportedly considering his Test future.

But Ipswich Grammar School deputy head of curriculum Michael Connors said he found the Australian Test team vice-captain had been a diligent student.

Mr Connors said Watson had been a willing student and not one to shirk responsibility.

"I was his English teacher, I was actually head of English at the time and he was in my class," he said.

"And I've said this to boys afterwards that Shane was always dedicated to his studies, meticulous in his words, but he was always wanting to go that little harder.

"So it was like, I'm getting a B how can I go and get an A, that good strong work ethic and working hard all the time.

"This is my observation from when he was here as a student."

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But his dad Bob said Watson could keep playing cricket, and make a good living, playing Twenty20 and in the Indian Premier League.

Watson remains one of the world's top T20 players after leading the Sydney Sixers to a Champions League title last year.

Without Watson, who signed with the Champions League-bound Brisbane Heat, the Sixers fell to seventh in the Big Bash League.

It has been a dramatic fall for the Test vice-captain, who was hours away from leading his country following an injury that nearly ruled out captain Michael Clarke.

Shane Watson

  • Test debut: January 2, 2005 v Pakistan
  • Top test score: 126 v India in Mohali, October 2010.
  • Best test bowling: 6/51 v Pakistan, July 2010.

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