Proteas in Australia

Oz need Watson: Chappell

2012-11-15 12:20
Ian Chappell (File)

Sydney - Former great Ian Chappell said Thursday that Australia need key all-rounder Shane Watson for the second Test against South Africa, dismissing as "ridiculous" suggestions he was not a top-six batsman.

Watson sat out the first Gabba Test with a calf injury and is no certainty for next week's match-up with the world number one Proteas, with selectors warning that an inability to bowl would count significantly against him.

The Australians came out of the first of three Tests with an edge over the South Africans in the drawn game. But they must win the series to wrest the world number one ranking from their rivals.

VIDEO: Australia v South Africa, first Test highlights

Chappell, a former Test captain and top-order batsman, said Watson should make the cut regardless of whether he can bowl.

"If I'm a selector picking the Australia XI and Shane Watson is not in the best six batsmen, I've been watching a different game," Chappell told the Australian Associated Press Thursday.

"If Watson is fit to play and they don't pick him as a batsman, I find that strange. He has proven himself as a batsman."

Chappell said omitting Watson, prolific for Australia with both bat and ball in all formats recently, could leave the team exposed to a strong South African pace attack. The first three wickets fell cheaply in Brisbane.

Australia's top three of Ed Cowan, David Warner and Watson's replacement at the Gabba Rob Quiney only have 19 Test caps between them and Chappell said Watson's 35-cap experience could prove vital to fending off the Proteas.

"Australia have taken a strong psychological edge away from the first Test, but South Africa can turn that around with their bowling," said Chappell.

"If Shane can't bowl, that is not the major consideration," he added.

"You want to pick the best team to give you the best chance to win the game and that means Shane Watson should be there, whether he can bowl or not."

Warner also threw his support behind Watson.

"Just having him in the team, the class of player he is, brings a lot of experience to the team," Warner told reporters.

NEXT ON SPORT24X

Pakistan eye win in Dubai

2014-10-25 15:47

 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com 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
0 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
Live Video Streaming
Video Highlights
Sport Talk

 

Get fit on a budget

It’s time to throw the “I can’t afford to exercise” excuse out the window.

 
 

Where were you when you last felt alive?

Tips for paddling your first Dusi
Climbing the world’s largest stone arch
Awesome extreme sports people
Watch: 2015 Absa Cape Epic route
Fixtures
26 October 2014
New Zealand v South Africa, Hamilton 23:30
05 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Adelaide Oval 10:35
07 November 2014
Australia v South Africa, Melbourne Cricket Ground 10:35
Previous Results

Date Match Result
Vote

The Proteas have wrapped up their Test series against Australia with a 1-0 victory. Which international opponent gives you greatest pleasure in beating?

 
 
Men
Women
Love 2 Meet
English Premiership flutter

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

Featured

Got something you'd like to get off your chest? Got a burning desire to air an opinion? If so, be sure to sign-up on Sport24's FORUM!

Latest blogs
 

Twitter Follow Sport24 on Twitter

Facebook "Like" Sport24's Facebook page

Newsletters Sign up for the Morning Glory, Super 15 and Soccer newsletters

WIN Enter and win with Sport24!

Mobile Sport24 on your mobile phone - WAP, alerts, downloads, services

Forum Have your Say on Sport24's brand new Forum!

BlackBerry Stay in the loop on your BlackBerry

iPhone Latest Sport24 news on your iPhone

RSS Feeds Sport news delivered really simply.

Blogs Yes your opinion counts. Get it out there

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