Australia hope for Shane Watson's return against South Africa for 3rd Test
Shane Watson didn’t play the first two Tests against South Africa due to a persistent calf injury © Getty Images

 

Port Elizabeth (South Africa): Feb 24, 2014

 

The double failures of middle-order batsmen Alex Doolan and Shaun Marsh in the second Test played, have left Australia’s desperate selectors hoping for all-rounder Shane Watson to be fit enough to play the last Test in Cape Town for the visitors.

 

According to news.com.au, the batting and bowling inadequacies that have surfaced during the Port Elizabeth Test loss, have placed the selectors in a quandary.

 

Apart from Chris Rogers (107) and David Warner (66), no other Australian batsman made more than six. Marsh and Doolan were first Test heroes, and had to be given an extended run to establish themselves as Test cricketers, but a Test later, it seems that all the bets are off.

 

Doolan played a second uncertain single-figure innings, and Marsh made a pair, giving him six ducks in his last 11 Test innings.