Skipper Michael Clarke mentors Watson to help overcome LBW problem

Australian skipper Michael Clarke had reportedly given tips and suggestions to Shane Watson on playing straight in order to overcome his LBW problem, during training on Thursday. As per the Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Clarke worked with Watson in the Northampton nets in the lead up to Australia’s two-day tour game against the England Lions, even as his side’s batting line-up continues to battle for toughness, game smarts and reliability.

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The report further stated that Watson, who’s been out 4 occasions LBW during the ongoing Ashes series, had suffered this weak point in his entire career and had spent 7 days in London between the 2nd and the 3rd Tests focusing on improving his approach and resisting the urge to play across the line. Confirming that Clarke helped Watson and the younger cricketers, coach Darren Lehmann quipped that the assistance of Watson was easy: play a straight bat and not get out LBW.

As per the report, Michael Clarke spent the majority of his time with Shane Watson, standing down the wicket as batting coach Michael Di Venuto threw balls down. Watson will skipper the Australians in the tour game, with Clarke being rested, the report added.

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