Sydney - Former Australia captain Mark Taylor feels that batsmen Usman
Khawaja and Joe Burns are not diverse enough in their play, and that their
batting needs to be beyond reproach.
The pair found themselves sidelined for the third Test in
Sri Lanka, and Taylor feels that because neither player bowls nor fields spectacularly,
they have to be beyond good with the bat.
Taylor told Fairfax Media: "Obviously, 'Burnsy' and
Khawaja have made excellent contributions at times but the problem they both
have got, and something that has worried me for a while, is that both of them
don't bring another skill to the table in terms of a being a good catcher or a
really good fielder, or even a part-time bowler.
"When you are an out-and-out batsman, as those two are,
if you don't do well, as they did in Sri Lanka – and they aren't the first two
batsmen to have a bad time in the subcontinent – you find yourself out of the
"That's the worry both of them have got. What the
selectors will do, I don't really know, because Shaun Marsh in a way is a bit
"I think (fielding) is something they are lacking in
their repertoire and I think the Australian cricket team at the moment is
lacking some really good catchers which make a big difference, particularly in
places like India and Sri Lanka, and even here in Australia.
"It's an area we really need to improve."
He added that the batsmen could not afford to be good at
home but dismal overseas, and that they needed to be able to play and score
runs on any surface.
Taylor said: "When it comes to batting, I would like to
see our batsmen be horses for all courses.
"That's what you are supposed to be – as a young
cricketer coming through you want a batsman who can bat in Perth on a bouncy
(pitch) and bat at the SCG or the MCG if (the ball) is staying down.
"Khawaja and Burns have work to do because at the
moment they are not a horse for every course."