Cricket World Cup 2015

Cloud hangs over Watson

2015-03-04 20:22
Shane Watson (AFP)

Perth - Allrounder Shane Watson might have played his last one-day international for Australia after he was axed from the side that beat Afghanistan by a record 275 runs in the Cricket World Cup on Wednesday.

Watson, 33, has been an automatic selection by Australia, but struggled in the first two matches against England (duck and 0-13) and New Zealand (23 and didn't bowl).

Watson has only one half century in seven games this year, and has paid for the team's strength in depth at his third World Cup.

Australia picked allrounder James Faulkner instead at the WACA ground, and retained fledgling allrounder Mitchell Marsh alongside him.

"Watto handled the decision well," skipper Michael Clarke said. "He has been fantastic around the team today. He's taken it really well."

When asked about Watson's future, Clarke said: "It is up to the selectors to make that decision."

Australian chairman of selectors Rod Marsh said dropping Watson was a tough call.

"But it's one we thought we had to make, because in Shane's last 10 one-day games, he's got 220 runs at an average of 22," Marsh said.

"Unfortunately he's been getting starts, but he hasn't been going on with it.

"We had to fit James in, and someone had to go.

"He might have to rely on someone else's lack of form or an injury to get back in.

"Spots are tough to get in the Australian team at the moment, and that's the way we like it.

"If hard decisions have to be made, we have to make them."

Read more on:    australia  |  cwc 2015  |  shane watson  |  cricket

What To Read Next


Read News24’s Comments Policy publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

Team P W PTS
Team P W PTS
Previous Results

Date Match Result

Australia won their fifth Cricket World Cup over the weekend. Does it leave a bitter taste in your mouth that the Proteas didn't get to play them?

Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

Take Sport24's "expert" tips at your peril...


With the Absa Premiership in full swing, who will be crowned champions when all is said and done? Will Mamelodi Sundowns defend their title? Or can Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates or Bidvest Wits mount a serious challenge? Stay glued to Sport24 to find out!

Latest blogs

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.