Watson is a test quality bat but only as an opener (average mid-40s). The problem is the selectors don't want him to burn out batting and bowling too muchTheGreenMonkey said:thrawn said:Waterloo Sunrise said:This Australian team is just too defensive and old fashioned - scoring nearly a run an over slower than England and it's cost them big time.
They could really do with an imaginative captain to drag them in to the modern era. And get rid of this bad collapse habit.
Just a general lack of quality batsmen. Voges is a shield player, there's reasons why he was never picked for tests. Watson still, is not a test quality player. I honestly have no idea why we continue to pick the idiot.
I agree, there is a general lack of quality in Australian batsmen which is reflected in the test team. I tend to agree with Voges but he was the best player in Shield cricket along with perhaps Marcus North who has been tried previously. Younger players are just not making the impression needed to get into the team.
Watson has never been a test match quality batsman but he has done a job okay at times but clearly should not be in the team now. Not convinced Mitch Marsh will do any better but is worth a shot.