Shane Watson, who recently announced his retirement from test cricket, has urged the Australian selectors to remain patient with the test side. Following the retirements of Michael Clarke, Shane Watson, Chris Rogers and Brad Haddin, the Australians are undoubtedly short of valuable experience. Their test skipper, Steve Smith too isn’t quite experienced.
Watson, who feels that the new look Aussie side will come good with time, advised the national selectors to give the youngsters some time to settle in. “The best way to get the best out of players is to give them some time to be able to find their feet and feel comfortable in the group. They are the best players that the selectors can pick from at this point in time. They’ve got to go with what their judgments are to make sure they stick with these guys” Watson told Sky Sports Radio.
The all-rounder also backed southpaw Usman Khawaja to perform in the upcoming test series against Bangladesh. Watson indicated that Khawaja had the potential to become a permanent member of the Australian test team. Khawaja is someone that just needs a bit of time to get his feet again, feel comfortable in the groove and continue to develop his game,” Watson said.
Watson also opened up about an uncertain future in the IPL, as his side, Rajasthan Royals was suspended for two years on the grounds of corruption. “I’ll have to potentially go into an auction and play with another franchise which obviously wouldn’t be ideal, but it’s a great tournament,” Watson said.