Shane Watson must start making runs if he wants to remain in the Ashes squad, the former Australian bowling spearhead Glenn McGrath started. Watson, who was trapped lbw for 30 by Stuart Broad, became burden for the team. His performance is not up to the mark. In the last few matches he scored 304 in 11 matches, with a highest score of 81 against India at Sydney.
Calls for Watson’s axing grew louder on Friday after he was got out to Stuart Broad as Australia were bowled out for 308 in the opening Test in Cardiff. England batting in the second innings added 289 to their first innings lead of 123. Now, England are in complete control of proceedings, having set Australia 412 for victory heading into day four, and McGrath insisted the pressure is on Watson to perform in the second innings.
You’ve got to feel for him because he was given out lbw again and he referred it and it was just clipping the leg stump. You’d say he’s little bit unlucky but unfortunately it keeps happening. There is pressure on Watto, McGrath said cricket.com.au.
If he doesn’t make runs in the second innings, the selectors will have to make a tough decision or think about making a tough decision. Watson has only made 50 or more runs in five of his past 23 Test innings after being trapped in front for the 28th time in his career.
Former wicket-keeper Ian Healy added: Watto needs big runs in this [second] innings. So batting at six he needs to really hold things together and I either getting us very close to winning or holding on for a great draw.