<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Australia in search of Michael Clarke's deputy" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130326140225.jpg" title="Australia in search of Michael Clarke's deputy" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> Shane Watson's (left) poor run and Michael Clarke's injury has left the Australian team search for better consistent performers © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Sydney: Mar 26, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Shane-Watson/post" target="_blank">Shane Watson</a>'s dream to lead Australia <a href="https://www.cricketcountry.com/cricket-articles/Shane-Watson-s-place-in-Australia-squad-for-the-Ashes-not-guaranteed-hints-John-Inverarity/24498" target="_blank">has come under radar</a> after Chairman of selectors <a href="/tags/John-Inverarity/post" target="_blank">John Inverarity</a> admitted that the team needs to look for more options in contention for Ashes series.<br /> <br /> <a href="/tags/Michael-Clarke/post" target="_blank">Michael Clarke</a>’s poor back conditions, which has ruled him out of the Indian Premeir League, and Watson’s poor run in the just concluded India tour, has made the cricket board search for a trustworthy deputy.<br /> <br /> "All those things are under consideration, the facts are at the moment there is a team in transition. In terms of experience and strong consistent performances over a period of time, we're a little bit short on those things, the options we have at the moment are a little less than in previous years," Inverarity was quoted as saying by <em>Sydney Morning Herald</em>.<br /> <br /> "We've got to do the best we can with what's available and we'll be doing all we can in terms of trying to get leadership qualities coming through and a good back-up plan. Michael who has trouble with his back and hamstring, I haven't known anyone [to] prepare better and treats that adversity better than he does, and we just hope he can stay on the park."<br /> <br /> Inverarity emphasized on the positives which the Australians can draw from the Border-Gavaskar series, despite their 4-0 loss. Inverarity pointed out that the tail-enders performance, Phil Hughes improvement, Steven Smith’s adaptability in the middle-order and progress of James Pattinson are noteworthy.<br /> <br /> He also pointed out that Usman Khawaja has chances of making it to the top six for the Ashes series in England.<br /> <br /> "It's a tough time. I will do my best, the panel will do its best, and you can't do any more than that so you rest secure in that," Inverarity concluded.