Lehmann: Watto has plenty of cricket left in him
Australia coach Darren Lehmann has insisted the Shane Watson being dropped for the second Ashes Test against England does not mean that his Test career is over.
The burly allrounder was axed from the Australia side that lost heavily to England in the first Test last week in Cardiff with his place taken by Mitch Marsh, who scored centuries in the both tour games before the first Test.
Watson did not look threatening while bowling and he also failed twice with the bat in Cardiff but, maybe more crucially, he was twice out lbw which is a technical flaw that he just cannot get rid of.
Lehmann said: "Obviously Shane has been a little bit disappointing with his runs and it's a tight call. He's been an experienced player for us.
"Mitch Marsh has done everything we could ask for behind scenes and first two tour games he's in good form. Tight call first Test, we went with experience, this Test we've gone with Mitch Marsh.
"Tough call on Shane but I'm sure he's got plenty of cricket left in him."
The Australia coach does not feel that this is the end of Watson in the longest format of the game, pointing to the World Cup earlier this year when the 34 year-old got dropped but came back into the team to help them win the tournament.
Lehmann continued: "I think it's a case of him getting back and obviously got a county game next week he'll play in and try find some form back and keep putting his name in front of selectors.
"A chance very much like the World Cup where he got dropped and came back into side, so really form will dictate what Shane does."
Lancashire sign New Zealand pair Daryl Mitchell and Colin de Grandhomme
The all-rounders will be available to play in the LV= Insurance County Championship and Vitality T20 Blast throughout the season.
Jos Buttler admits he needs to find his rhythm as England lose to South Africa
The hosts won the second ODI by five wickets to clinch the series in Bloemfontein.
Temba Bavuma hits hundred as South Africa secure ODI series win over England
The Proteas chased down 343 at Bloemfontein to go 2-0 up in the three-match series.
Jos Buttler and Harry Brook give England hope of levelling ODI series
England reached 342 for seven against South Africa, with Buttler making 94 and Brook 80.
Jason Roy was never ready to ‘roll over’ despite year of setbacks and low points
Roy has for so long been England’s pacesetter at the top of the order but lost his place in the side.
England batter Jason Roy emotional after return to form in South Africa defeat
Roy’s slump with the bat led to him being dropped ahead of England’s T20 World Cup-winning campaign last year.
Jofra Archer will ‘get better and better’ but England batting needs more bite
Archer took one for 81 on a hot and sunny afternoon in Bloemfontein.
England beaten by South Africa in first ODI despite blistering Jason Roy century
Roy scored 113 off just 91 balls but South Africa ran out winners by 27 runs.
England reach Women’s Under-19 T20 World Cup final after winning thriller
With Australia 96 for nine chasing 100, the England captain trapped Maggie Clark lbw to send her side through to face India in the final.
Jofra Archer toils for little reward as South Africa set England 299 to win ODI
Archer believes he is at about “80 per cent” fitness so some rust was inevitable.