Ex- Test cricketers have advised Shane Watson to consider leaving ODI cricket to protect his body. Watson has been called in a 13-man team for the 2nd Test in Adelaide starting Thursday, but must yet tell Australia’s selectors he’s completely recovered from a leg problem – his 15th injury in 9 years.
Once considered a selection untouchable, Watson’s credit points are fast diminishing with Aussie cricket hierarchy, whose patience is being sorely examined by the all-rounder’s fight to continuously remain on the park. Alarm bells 1st rang on the eve of the 1st Test when captain Michael Clarke accepted his deputy wasn’t a walk-up start for the Adelaide test against South Africa at the expense of Gabba debutant Rob Quiney. Within days, CA boss Pat Howard put Watson on notice, accepting the all-rounder wouldn’t be an automatic option for the 2nd Test if the hoped to play as a batsman only.
Shane Watson‘s talent is beyond question but there’s a growing feeling he needs to shake his consistent injury breakdowns and play regularly to reward CA for its continued investment in the Ipswich product.