Home > News >

Shane Watson as good as anyone else in world cricket: Allan Border

Shane Watson as good as anyone else in world cricket: Allan Border

After a poor of form in the series, Shane Watson finally managed to hit a ton in the final match of the recently-concluded Ashes series © Getty Images

Aug 26, 2013

Former skipper Allan Border on Monday praised Australia batsman Shane Watson and said that on his day, he can be as good a batsman as anyone else.

“Shane Watson finally delivered what he’s been promising for quite some time. When Shane is in a mood like that he’s as good as anyone in the world,” Border wrote in cricket.com.au

Border was also impressed by Steven Smith after his maiden Test ton in the fifth Test.

“Steve Smith, played a truly wonderful innings. We were all hoping one of the young guys would come through and make a score and Steve has done that. His batting, more-than-handy leg spin and excellent fielding make him a terrific player for Australia. Then you throw in his leadership skills, something we need from a young player, and he’s the complete package. He gets a big tick from me,” Border said.

Talking about the umpires decision to call off the match due to poor light in the final Test, Border said, “One of my biggest pet hates in cricket is the bad light rule. There were only four overs left in the day’s play when the umpires called time. I mean, let them play it out. This is an area where we can tighten the game up from scenarios just like this.”

Border added, “I know they have to be seen to be fair, following the precedent they set in Manchester and then following it through to here. I’m not sure what scale they use, but if the umpires come off when the meter reads 4/10, then I think they have to come off when it’s 2/10. From personal experience I never came from the ground because I couldn’t see the ball. I’d go as far as saying that 99% of players past and present only come off for tactical reasons, not because they can’t see it. And that being the case what is the light rule for?”

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

World T20 League 2014

Oct 2, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Hyderabad

West Indies tour of India 2014, Practice match

Oct 3, 2014 (09:00 IST)   at Mumbai

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Woolloongabba, Brisbane

Matador BBQs One-Day Cup, 2014

Oct 4, 2014 (05:00 IST)   at Brisbane

More

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Barbados won by 6 wkts (D/L method)

World T20 League 2014

Sep 30, 2014  at Bengaluru

Perth Scorchers won by 3 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 29, 2014  at Hyderabad

Kolkata Knight Riders won by 36 runs

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Kings XI Punjab won by 7 wkts

World T20 League 2014

Sep 28, 2014  at Mohali

Hobart Hurricanes won by 6 wkts

Photos

Cricket on Mt. Kilimanjaro

Videos

Brian Lara speaks on the art of batting

Mitchell Marsh helps Perth Scorchers clinch 3-wicket victory against Lahore Lions in CLT20 2014

Live Cricket Score Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Barbados Tridents win by 6 wickets

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Have Manish Pandey’s T20 performances eclipsed his impressive First-Class record?

Asian Games Asian Games 2014 Cape Cobras Champions League T20 2014 Chennai Super Kings CLT20 CLT20 2014 Dolphins India at Asian Games 2014 Kings XI Punjab Lahore Lions Perth Scorchers

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights, Match 20, CLT20 2014: Barbados register 6-wicket win in final group match

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Tridents have their maiden win in CLT20 2014

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: After decent start by Tridents, Knights make comeback with late wickets

Bangladesh Cricket Board: Nadir Shah ban still on

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights CLT20 2014 Match 20: Knights set target of 138 (D/L) in 19 overs

Top score by a batsman whose teammates scored less than 10 each in a T20

Gautam Gambhir becomes second player after MS Dhoni to captain in 100 T20 matches

Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 CLT20 2014: Lahore likely XI

CLT20 2014: Lahore Lions vs Perth Scorchers Match 19 — Key Battles

Consecutive century opening partnerships in ODIs for each team

Fan of the Day

Niharika Shah

Niharika Shah

671 Posts | 6 Fans

Kolkata Knight Riders vs Kings XI Punjab- Final Match Highlights from IPL 2014

Microsoft’s Windows 10 unveiled

Health Minister says UHAM to be world’s largest public health insurance programme

Bullets Will Fly in Hrithik Roshan and Katrina Kaif’s Action Thriller ‘Bang Bang’

NGOs pursue education for all

Sex after pregnancy — how to get her in the mood

Asian Games 2014 Live Updates: Mary Kom eyes golden glory, Indian eves to vie for Asiad bronze in hockey

Top score by a batsman whose teammates scored less than 10 each in a T20

Pankaj Kapur saw son Shahid Kapoor’s Haider and said “It’s Okay”

Barbados Tridents vs Northern Knights, Match 20, CLT20 2014: Barbados register 6-wicket win in final group match

Ello might be ad-free, but it is far from claiming Facebook’s throne

Also on cricketcountry.com

Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here