Even though Shane Watson was dropped for the Lord’s Test, Darren Lehmann feels that the all rounder can still make a comeback to the test side. Watson’s selection in the first Test over Mitchell Marsh has drawn a lot of flak from the Australian media as it was believed to be not too positive in nature. Watson unfortunately, couldn’t make the most of his opportunity and was trapped plumb LBW in both the innings. He did himself no favour by becoming the easy prey for the English seamers.
Lehmann though, insists that there still is some scope for Watson to revive his test career. “Obviously Shane has been a little bit disappointing with his runs and it’s a tight call,” Lehmann said before play on day one. “He’s been an experienced player for us. Mitch Marsh has done everything we could ask for behind scenes and first two tour games he’s in good form,” said the Australian coach.
“Tight call first Test, we went with experience, this Test we’ve gone with Mitch Marsh. Tough call on Shane but I’m sure he’s got plenty of cricket left in him,” said Lehmann. “I think it’s a case of him getting back and obviously got a county game next week he’ll play in and try find some form back and keep putting his name in front of selectors,” Lehmann said. “A chance very much like the World Cup where he got dropped and came back into side, so really form will dictate what Shane does,” continued Lehmann.
Lehmann also had a positive message for test debutant Peter Nevill. “Player 443 for us and gets his cap presented by Steve Waugh, one of the greats of the game,” Lehmann said. “We wish him a great and long career.”