Shane Watson's batting woes need to be assessed soon: Allan Border

Shane Watson hasn’t scored a century in his last 43 Test innings © Getty Images

Sydney: Jul 22, 2013
 
Former Australia captain Allan Border feels all-rounder Shane Watson needs to adapt better as a batsman in different conditions or else he would be past his best.
 
Watson, who returned opening the innings for the Ashes, has scored only two centuries in 43 Test matches, with his last ton coming 43 innings back.
 
“We all know what a wonderful player Shane Watson is. He looks like a million bucks when he’s firing. What is worrying though is that he keeps getting out in the same fashion. Now who is to blame here? Is it Watson for not adapting? What about the coaches?” Border was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.
 
“In an era where we’ve got a thousand coaches and psychoanalysts and dietitians and sport scientists it defies belief that a player can be making the same mistakes. Whether it is a technical thing or a mental thing, I don’t know.
 
“Is Shane not listening, or are people saying, ‘Bad luck, you got a good one’? We need to find out what the best is for Shane. Is it opening the batting? Or maybe batting at six and making him a genuine all-rounder?
 
“Whatever it is, we need to find out soon or Shane’s time will have come and gone and we won’t have seen the best of him. The buck stops with Shane and he needs to figure it out quickly because it will be a real shame if he doesn’t fulfill his potential.”
 
Border took a further dig at the Australian top-order batsmen, calling them less competent than the tail-enders.
 
“Watching on Sunday I could honestly say the nine, 10 and jack [No 11] looked more competent than our one, two and three. If that was me in the top three I’d be embarrassed,” Border added.
 
“We need to settle on our best 11 and stay with it. I’m a believer in the pick-and-stick method, so we need to find our best 11 that’s suited to the conditions and stick with it.”