Watson running risk of being dropped


Veteran Australia all-rounder Shane Watson is at risk of being dropped from the Test side unless he does something spectacular with bat or ball soon, say former players Glenn McGrath and Ian Healy.

Young Mitchell Marsh is knocking on the door, very persistently, for that all-rounder spot, but despite scoring two tons in the warm up games, Watson was picked ahead of Marsh for the first Ashes Test in Cardiff.

But Watson managed only 30 runs in Australia's first innings, and took no wickets in the two innings he bowled in, prompting McGrath and Healy to worry about the big man's place in the side.

McGrath said on the CA website: "You've got to feel for him because he was given out lbw again and he referred it and it was just clipping leg stump.

"You'd say he’s little bit unlucky but unfortunately it keeps happening. There is pressure on Watto.

"If he doesn't make runs there (in the second innings in Cardiff) the selectors will have to make a tough decision or think about making a tough decision."

Healy felt that WAtson would be key to the Aussies salvaging the match, given they had to bat for two days to save the game. Either that or score an improbable 412 tow in.

The former wicketkeeper said: "Watto needs big runs in this (second) innings. So batting at six he needs to really hold things together and I either getting us very close to winning or holding on for a great draw."