KP: Stop making Watson the scapegoat

Australia

Exiled England batsman Kevin Pietersen says it is wrong that Australia allrounder Shane Watson is made the scapegoat everytime the Aussies lose a Test match.

There have been calls in the Australian press that Watson should be dropped for the second Ashes Test, starting at Lord's on Thursday, after failing with the bat in the first Test which England won by 169 runs.

Watson, it seems, also has a technical issue that he cannot rid of as he was out lbw twice in the first Test, making it 29 times against England that he has been dismissed in that fashion.

Mitch Marsh is set to replace Watson in the side but Pietersen says the 59 Test-capped Watson still has a lot to offer.

Pietersen said: "Every time the Australians get beaten, it's always Shane Watson who takes the heat and surprise, surprise, this time it's no different.

"Let's make no bones about it, he's got to stop getting out lbw and start scoring some big runs, no-one is un-droppable after all, but he's a match winner.

"I've seen first-hand what damage Watson can do and for me, talk of dropping him is massively premature. He needs to be backed by the Aussies, not hounded."

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