The future of Shane Watson and Brad Haddin is under scanner as Australian media criticsed their failure during the firts Test of Ashes on Sundy defeat at Cardiff.
Cashing a mammoth total of 412, Ashes holders Australia were dismissed for 242 after tea on Sunday’s fourth day to lose comprehensively by 169 runs in the first of five Tests.
The last time Australia won an Ashes series after losing the first Test was on their 1997 tour of England.
Australian media brutally criticised the batting failure of Clarke and company. The Aussie media call for team changes as Michael Clrake’s men face a quick turnaround with the second Test starting at Lord’s on Thursday.
“There will have to be changes for the second Test with Mitchell Starc injured, Shane Watson out of chances to prove himself and plenty of team-mates out of sorts,” The Australian’s Peter Lalor said.
The Sunday Telegraph’s Ben Horne said: “Batting woes and question marks over the credentials of some of Australia’s ageing stars have only been compounded by a potential fast bowling conundrum brought on by concerns over the seriousness of Mitchell Starc’s ankle injury.”
After the fast day’s play Sydney Morning Herald columnist wrote, “unlike in 2013, Brad Haddin couldn’t save the day (or at least paper over the cracks). The veteran keeper looked dreadfully out of form, stuck on the crease, playing and missing, until mercifully, he nicked off. After dropping Joe Root 134 runs before the young Yorkshireman was eventually dismissed, Haddin hasn’t had a happy game. The Wales Tourism Board could yet offer him a brand ambassadorship?
Earlier, Glenn McGrath also criticised Shane Watson for his long saga of bad form in Test.