Sydney, Feb 10: Former Australian fast bowler Geoff Lawson has claimed Shane Watson is still country’s best all rounder amidst a host of contenders, who are challenging him for his role in the playing eleven.
Lawson said touted all-rounders like Glenn Maxwell, James Faulkner, Kane Richardson, Moises Henriques, Ben Cutting etc are not good enough to do the job for Australia, adding Watson’s all round capabilities could be pivotal in the Ashes.
“The chairman of the Australian selectors, John Inverarity, has expressed a penchant for the rise (or should that be, the re-emergence) of the all-rounder in the Australian Test team,” Lawson wrote in his column for the Sydney Morning Herald.
“This recent yearning follows the demise of Shane Watson as a “genuine” all-rounder – one who can bat in the top six but who is also a full-time, wicket-taking bowler, as opposed to a part-timer such as Michael Clarke, Steve Waugh or Doug Walters,” he added.
“Watson has a body about as reliable as a computer repairer’s quote, and that is a huge source of frustration to Watto, his teammates, the selectors and the cricket public,” he further wrote.
Lawson added: “The selection panel have issued edicts about his workload and captain Michael Clarke has spoken of the narrower selection criteria he faces if he doesn’t bowl. The Ashes may well hinge on Watson’s multi-skilling, hence the rush to find a suitable replacement.”
“Watson is back hitting the ball well and spending time at the crease. Maybe all that running up and down will get him fit enough to bowl. He is our only genuine all-rounder and all his skills will be needed if Australia are to reclaim the Ashes,” he concluded. (ANI)