Batkovic and O'Hea out of world championship
Is this as simple as the story reads or is more to the situation than meets the eye?
Australia's women's basketball team have suffered a major blow ahead of their 2014 world championship campaign, with Opals stalwart Suzy Batkovic and WNBA star Jenna O'Hea both withdrawing from the tournament.
Basketball Australia (BA) on Thursday said Batkovic would not be available for selection for the tournament in Turkey from September 27 after deciding to take a break from international competition in a bid to prolong her playing career.
She has made it clear, however, that she is not retiring from national duties.
Meanwhile, O'Hea's ambition to pursue her career in the United States is behind her decision to withdraw from the tournament.