Aus v WI, Champions Trophy Warm-up, Cardiff June 1, 2013

Watson gives West Indies a lesson

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Australia 259 for 6 (Watson 135) beat West Indies 256 for 9 (DM Bravo 86, Starc 4-29) by four wickets
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Shane Watson gave West Indies a good lesson in how to change gears through an innings with a powerful century that helped Australia register an easy four-wicket victory in their first warm-up match with 11.1 overs to spare.

Despite the loss of both Australian openers in the opening over of the chase from Kemar Roach, Watson remained assertive throughout, combining well with Adam Voges in a match-winning 125-run fourth-wicket partnership as the pair took advantage of the indiscipline that crept into the West Indies bowling after the first 15 overs.

In the end a modest target of 257, on a seaming pitch, was made to look pedestrian by Watson, who made certain that the 2,000 fans, who had paid £20 a ticket, remained entertained despite the absence of Chris Gayle, who had been rested. Playing with the same gusto and aggression that Gayle uses to dominate opponents, Watson showed why he remains one of the most dangerous batsman in the game.

Roach, playing for the first time in England after returning home midway from the Tests series last year, made an immediate impact by getting rid of David Warner and Philip Hughes, who paid the price for playing expansive drives against similar deliveries: angled and moving away from the bat. Both were caught brilliantly by Denesh Ramdin, who dived to take the catch in front of first slip.

In the absence of Michael Clarke (rested along with Glen Maxwell and Xavier Doherty), Watson was the most experienced Australian batsman. To begin with, West Indies fast bowling contingent did well not to get carried away after the two quick wickets. Roach, Tino Best, Jason Holder and Darren Sammy maintained a tight off-stump line without giving much width to Watson and his stand-in captain George Bailey to free their arms in the initial Powerplay overs.

At 40 for 2 from the first 10 overs, Bailey was getting restless and had a few near misses. On 14, having pulled Holder for four, Bailey earned a life after Dwayne Bravo, at first slip, dropped a thick edge while attempting to take the catch on the dive to his right. But Bailey failed to make the most of the opportunity as he went for a slashing drive against Sammy a couple of overs later, to be caught by a second brilliant catch by Ramdin, who had a field day with four catches.

Watson remained unperturbed. He had come into the Champions Trophy on the back of good form in the IPL where he was the fifth-highest run maker. The difference today was he was opening compared to batting in the middle order during the IPL. Yet he adjusted without fuss and was at ease both on the front and back foot. Not rushing into his strokes, he made use of the bowler's lengths wisely. When Holder gifted him a half-volley, Watson punished him with a lofted drive over the mid-off for four. Next delivery, when the bowler pitched slightly fuller on middle and leg, Watson played a wristy drive to the left of midwicket for another easy four.

West Indies, especially Dwayne Bravo, tried to attack Watson. Bravo, in his very first over, tried to bowl short but was wayward and taken for 13 runs. He kept repeating the mistake in his following over, from around the wicket, to allow Watson to move closer to his century, which he reached with a chip-and-charge for a single. It had taken him 85 balls with 58 runs coming in boundaries.

At the halfway mark Australia were 129 for 3. In a further five overs they were cruising at 187 for 3 with 35 runs coming in just the 29th and 30th overs. Sunil Narine, who had gone for 12 in his first four overs, was hit by Watson for 15 in his fifth while Dwayne Bravo went for the most expensive over of the match, which cost 20 runs.

In the end West Indies were bound to feel disappointed. Although Darren Bravo had worked hard to hit a lovely 86, the inability of the other batsmen to capitalise on starts eventually robbed West Indies of finishing with a much stronger total. Johnson Charles started the innings with some flowing cover drives but as soon as the Australian bowlers found their lengths, Charles failed to change the gears and couldn't rotate the strike. In the absence of much able batsmen Marlon Samuels and the hard-hitting Kieron Pollard in the lower order, West Indies were always going to find it hard to build on the platform set by Darren Bravo. But if they watched Watson closely, they would have learned a good lesson.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on June 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Australia has very limited batting options and therefore need as much form and confidence from within our squad as possible. The sobering truth is that that most of our batsmen really havent earnt their spot with their recent performances barring Clarke, and Rogers however it would be ideal for the sake of stability to limit the batting changes to one only in the early tests by including Chris Rogers. In the meantime it would be ideal if Warner, Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Khwaja were all to find some runscoring form in the CT and leadup games and give our selectors good headaches. At this stage Rogers should be penciled in as opener with his solid form and Experience leaving Watson and Cowan to duke it out for the other opening spot. So either Watson or Cowan but not both. Hughes should also be aware that his spot would go to Khawaja should Khawaja outperform him in the leadup games. Warner is safe (just) but only at 5 or 6 where his natural aggression would be most suited.

  • everfaithful77 on June 2, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I'm very concerned about Windies BOWLING in this tournament. The selectors got it right with overall team chosen however made an out in selecting only one genuine SPINNER. Badre, Miller, Permaul all have international experience so why wasn't one of them chosen ahead of one of several SEAMERS. Placing all your hopes on Narine puts even more pressure on him to perform well not that he's not up to the challenge. We'll have to wait and see if he does better than on his last trip when he struggled in the cold English conditions. The selectors probably have forgotten. Also we have many seamers of differing pace & style but all RIGHT ARM. A leftie like Johnson would've added some variety to Windies bowling. Windies fortunes in this match rested on getting rid of WATSON early and they failed to do so. A well disguised slower ball might be the best option since Watson likes to go for big hits. The team for the next match should reflect the final 11. GO WINDIES!!

  • on June 4, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    As an extension of my earlier comments; admittedly more to do with the ashes than the CT. It appears that Steve Smith's India form has continued for at least the first of the Australia A warm up match getting a hundred and top scoring against an attack that included Chadd sayers, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon. More strong showings should see him rushed into the squad and penciled in at number 6 for Australia; hopefully helping to fill the lower order void left by Hussey. Australia cannot afford to ignore solid form from anyone, especially someone who proved himself on the 'tour of hell' and continues to score in foreign conditions. a Middle to lower order of Clarke, Warner, Smith and Haddin wouldnt leave me completely without hope were the top order to fail. Fingers crossed though that 1. Steve Smith continues to impress 2. The selectors take the neccessary steps to include him in our squad/top 6 if he does. @anveshreddy...got anything original to contribute?

  • Meety on June 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    @India_MI_fan on (June 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT) - Tait is nowhere near the worst bowler to have played International cricket. There is a real problem when you use the terms International as it is generic. The reality is Tait failed to deliver in Tests, but his short form stats made him one of the GREATEST strike bowlers to have ever played limited overs cricket. In ODIs he has the SECOND BEST S/Rate of all time (qualification of bowling 1,000+ balls). You should look up the stat for the worst average for a bowler to have taken 100 test wickets the record ALMOST goes to Ishant Sharma! The worst bowler in International cricket ever - really is the Banga allrounders Alok Kapali & Khaled Mashud. Mashud was the captain & he use to bowler 20 overs an inning despite at one point in time having an average near 300!

  • on June 3, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Australia has very limited batting options and therefore need as much form and confidence from within our squad as possible. The sobering truth is that that most of our batsmen really havent earnt their spot with their recent performances barring Clarke, and Rogers however it would be ideal for the sake of stability to limit the batting changes to one only in the early tests by including Chris Rogers. In the meantime it would be ideal if Warner, Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Khwaja were all to find some runscoring form in the CT and leadup games and give our selectors good headaches. At this stage Rogers should be penciled in as opener with his solid form and Experience leaving Watson and Cowan to duke it out for the other opening spot. So either Watson or Cowan but not both. Hughes should also be aware that his spot would go to Khawaja should Khawaja outperform him in the leadup games. Warner is safe (just) but only at 5 or 6 where his natural aggression would be most suited.

  • Apocalypse_EX on June 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @India_MI_fan Tait was fine when he had his radar on (which was quite rare). He has the best strike rate for any bowler in any ODI cricket and was also the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the 2007 World Cup. Dernbach however seems to appear every match like Shaun Tait without his radar.

  • N.J.H. on June 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @jonesy2 So you are a genius and fortune teller in Cricket. Tell me who will win the Champions Trophy, who will be the runners up and who will be the man of the series. If you can predict these correctly, I will accept that you are really genious.

    On the other hand, I don't know if Dernbach is the worst bowler. Because he may become a better bowler, who knows. But for me Shaun Tait was the worst bowler to play international cricket. As an Indian fan, I accept that there were many mediocore bowlers who played for India. But they were not overrated. We knew that they would struggle. But the hype surrounding Tait was such that he was going to be the greatest bowles of all time.

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Sammy should have still been the captain of the ODI team. and also the 2t0 team, he should give up the captaincy Test captaincy to Ramdin though..

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    And not only Chris Jordan but Miguel Cummings, Delorn Johnson and Ransford Beaton are all better choices than Tino Best mon'! and they are all well younger than him.

  • westindiesupporter on June 3, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    WI lost due to absence of key players otherwise they are the best of the 8 teams.

  • on June 2, 2013, 10:27 GMT

    Australia has very limited batting options and therefore need as much form and confidence from within our squad as possible. The sobering truth is that that most of our batsmen really havent earnt their spot with their recent performances barring Clarke, and Rogers however it would be ideal for the sake of stability to limit the batting changes to one only in the early tests by including Chris Rogers. In the meantime it would be ideal if Warner, Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Khwaja were all to find some runscoring form in the CT and leadup games and give our selectors good headaches. At this stage Rogers should be penciled in as opener with his solid form and Experience leaving Watson and Cowan to duke it out for the other opening spot. So either Watson or Cowan but not both. Hughes should also be aware that his spot would go to Khawaja should Khawaja outperform him in the leadup games. Warner is safe (just) but only at 5 or 6 where his natural aggression would be most suited.

  • everfaithful77 on June 2, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    I'm very concerned about Windies BOWLING in this tournament. The selectors got it right with overall team chosen however made an out in selecting only one genuine SPINNER. Badre, Miller, Permaul all have international experience so why wasn't one of them chosen ahead of one of several SEAMERS. Placing all your hopes on Narine puts even more pressure on him to perform well not that he's not up to the challenge. We'll have to wait and see if he does better than on his last trip when he struggled in the cold English conditions. The selectors probably have forgotten. Also we have many seamers of differing pace & style but all RIGHT ARM. A leftie like Johnson would've added some variety to Windies bowling. Windies fortunes in this match rested on getting rid of WATSON early and they failed to do so. A well disguised slower ball might be the best option since Watson likes to go for big hits. The team for the next match should reflect the final 11. GO WINDIES!!

  • on June 4, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    As an extension of my earlier comments; admittedly more to do with the ashes than the CT. It appears that Steve Smith's India form has continued for at least the first of the Australia A warm up match getting a hundred and top scoring against an attack that included Chadd sayers, Peter Siddle and Nathan Lyon. More strong showings should see him rushed into the squad and penciled in at number 6 for Australia; hopefully helping to fill the lower order void left by Hussey. Australia cannot afford to ignore solid form from anyone, especially someone who proved himself on the 'tour of hell' and continues to score in foreign conditions. a Middle to lower order of Clarke, Warner, Smith and Haddin wouldnt leave me completely without hope were the top order to fail. Fingers crossed though that 1. Steve Smith continues to impress 2. The selectors take the neccessary steps to include him in our squad/top 6 if he does. @anveshreddy...got anything original to contribute?

  • Meety on June 4, 2013, 3:04 GMT

    @India_MI_fan on (June 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT) - Tait is nowhere near the worst bowler to have played International cricket. There is a real problem when you use the terms International as it is generic. The reality is Tait failed to deliver in Tests, but his short form stats made him one of the GREATEST strike bowlers to have ever played limited overs cricket. In ODIs he has the SECOND BEST S/Rate of all time (qualification of bowling 1,000+ balls). You should look up the stat for the worst average for a bowler to have taken 100 test wickets the record ALMOST goes to Ishant Sharma! The worst bowler in International cricket ever - really is the Banga allrounders Alok Kapali & Khaled Mashud. Mashud was the captain & he use to bowler 20 overs an inning despite at one point in time having an average near 300!

  • on June 3, 2013, 17:08 GMT

    Australia has very limited batting options and therefore need as much form and confidence from within our squad as possible. The sobering truth is that that most of our batsmen really havent earnt their spot with their recent performances barring Clarke, and Rogers however it would be ideal for the sake of stability to limit the batting changes to one only in the early tests by including Chris Rogers. In the meantime it would be ideal if Warner, Hughes, Cowan, Watson and Khwaja were all to find some runscoring form in the CT and leadup games and give our selectors good headaches. At this stage Rogers should be penciled in as opener with his solid form and Experience leaving Watson and Cowan to duke it out for the other opening spot. So either Watson or Cowan but not both. Hughes should also be aware that his spot would go to Khawaja should Khawaja outperform him in the leadup games. Warner is safe (just) but only at 5 or 6 where his natural aggression would be most suited.

  • Apocalypse_EX on June 3, 2013, 9:06 GMT

    @India_MI_fan Tait was fine when he had his radar on (which was quite rare). He has the best strike rate for any bowler in any ODI cricket and was also the 2nd highest wicket-taker in the 2007 World Cup. Dernbach however seems to appear every match like Shaun Tait without his radar.

  • N.J.H. on June 3, 2013, 6:20 GMT

    @jonesy2 So you are a genius and fortune teller in Cricket. Tell me who will win the Champions Trophy, who will be the runners up and who will be the man of the series. If you can predict these correctly, I will accept that you are really genious.

    On the other hand, I don't know if Dernbach is the worst bowler. Because he may become a better bowler, who knows. But for me Shaun Tait was the worst bowler to play international cricket. As an Indian fan, I accept that there were many mediocore bowlers who played for India. But they were not overrated. We knew that they would struggle. But the hype surrounding Tait was such that he was going to be the greatest bowles of all time.

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2013, 5:40 GMT

    Sammy should have still been the captain of the ODI team. and also the 2t0 team, he should give up the captaincy Test captaincy to Ramdin though..

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2013, 5:38 GMT

    And not only Chris Jordan but Miguel Cummings, Delorn Johnson and Ransford Beaton are all better choices than Tino Best mon'! and they are all well younger than him.

  • westindiesupporter on June 3, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    WI lost due to absence of key players otherwise they are the best of the 8 teams.

  • Dav1daKing on June 3, 2013, 5:33 GMT

    Am i the only 1 noticing the exploits of CHRIS JORDAN with the Ball!? and not only with the ball. W.I could well use his experience of English conditions and his form in the team...

  • on June 3, 2013, 2:37 GMT

    If they want to try to develop Mitch Marsh into a class allrounder in all forms; they should try opening the batting with him. That way he could get us off to some real flyers but also refine his technique against the newball. It could be an important stepping stone to Test cricket. They could also try bowling him at first change now and then and give him the full 10 overs. Nothing like responsibility to develop character and develop ones game.

  • Mitty2 on June 3, 2013, 1:30 GMT

    Best comment in the history of cricinfo goes to @jonesy2. That one is simply a beaut.

  • xylo on June 2, 2013, 23:52 GMT

    Why is so much being interpreted out of a warm-up match?

  • Meety on June 2, 2013, 23:51 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge on (June 2, 2013, 10:18 GMT) - ummm, you do realise this is limited over cricket? Can't remember the last time NZ beat us in an ODI - I would nearly say the last time we lost to NZ they had Shane Bond! We certainly haven't lost TWO ODIs in a ROW to NZ in a decade!!!!! LOL! BTW - Watto is the premier ODI/T20 allrounder in the world, he is definately one of the two best opening batsmen in the world - so we won't be looking to replace Watto from coloured clothing anytime soon - YOU WISH! == == == @Lyndon McPaul - "...Australia has very limited batting options..." - yes & no. Yes if we are strictly speaking Tests, a big NO, if we are talking short forms. The fact we were able to NOT select batsmen like Ferguson & White for the CT, shows we have plenty of options. I am hoping that with Cowan having played a couple of County games, & the A-side playing shortly - we'll have plenty of practise, fortunately England will not have had recent red ball exposure by Ashes start!

  • on June 2, 2013, 21:08 GMT

    When the only ones considered for captaincy are halfrounders as Sammy and Bravo your cricket and politics are in a bad state!The tail is now the head and the head the tail. The tail-Sammy and Bravo now wags the team,while the head-Gayle and Samuels must find a way to cope. WI cricket and society the duncest in world. Dw.Bravo cannot command a place in this team.Another Sammy.Team selection,Confusion!Tension! The bulk of this has been caused by Hunte,Hillaire,Hillary Beckles and Gibson,the ST lucia Bajan connection.The now President must move swiftly to restore order. I thnk you have already began.Be brave and Strong. Good luck!

  • Jagger on June 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    Would like to see a test world cup every two years and an ODI world cup on alternate years. No rebel T20 tours. Most of the bowlers play with debilitating injuries these days and we never see them at their best. That's bad for us as cricket supporters. Our test cricketers need an off-season and full rest to perform at their best.

  • Tamimfan on June 2, 2013, 16:27 GMT

    if gayle, pollard, samuels batted, west indies would have got 400 on board. samuels was injured so he should have used this match to get back to his form. watson will be the player to watch out for this time. 6-0-12-1 is brilliant bowling figures with his century.

  • jonesy2 on June 2, 2013, 13:51 GMT

    no real surprises from the two best allrounders in the world. mitch marsh will be man of the upcoming tournament if watto or starc are not. and I am a genius and am very seldom wrong about cricket so it would be wise to listen to me and check back with me in a few weeks. for example I told everybody a long time ago that jonathan trott will never hit a six in his life and that jade dernbach is the worst bowler ever to play in an international game

  • on June 2, 2013, 13:41 GMT

    Why did they not play the team that is going to start the tournament in this warm up game? For example, Marlon Samuels has not been playing a lot of cricket in recent times - he needs the two warm-ups to get a feel for competition again. I realise that Sarwan would start, and because he has been playing there in England since the season began, he can give the less experienced batsmen the chance in one of the warm-ups. But apart from Sarwan, I think the team for the first matches in the tournament should have played.

  • HowdyRowdy on June 2, 2013, 11:04 GMT

    Nice to see Warner and Hughes playing the sorts of shots that they will be using in the coming Test series (for as long as they are in the team).

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 2, 2013, 10:18 GMT

    The fact that Aus have been unable to find a replacement for Watson since the dubbing last home Ashes for them and India and everything else shows just how backwards things continue to go for them in the test arena. @TheBigBoodha: Yes, the same New Zealand that Australia only managed a draw AT HOME against. Ouch. @ Lliam Flynn, The same Watson as in Shane Watson, previous occupant of the openers' position in the last few Ashes? Oh yes that Watson. One of two things: Either you've got an outstanding sense of humour or the ordering of some DVDs is on the cards, some catching-up is needed I fear..

  • Dazako on June 2, 2013, 10:11 GMT

    Great now he has hit himself a ton in a warm up match in a limited overs tournament on a flat deck with the field up . Judging by his "good form" he will now be free to average 16 in the ashes without getting dropped. The man is great in the short formats but needs to live up to potential in tests.

    My 11 for the ashes Cowan, Rodgers, Hughes,Clarke, Watson/Khawaja, Warner, Haddin, Pattinson, Siddle, Harris, Lyon. Whoever plays better in the warm up matches between Watson and Khawaja should be in and if Hughes doesnt pick up his act he should be dropped too. Warner at 6 will give him a chance to swing his arms at an older ball and provide back up for Clarke.

  • Meety on June 2, 2013, 10:08 GMT

    Must of been a flat pitch to wrap a 250+ chase in UNDER 40 overs. Where did MJs IPL form go? I had him pencilled in as the 3rd seamer, he was lucky that Faulkner didnt do much better this time!

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:51 GMT

    IN English conditions spinners would be tricky and handsome.. why the hell WI didnt bring Badree or anyother except of (media boosted) Narine..

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:36 GMT

    Watson is the Man to watch over the next two weeks. Dangerous player forthe opposition Watson keep it up and we spectators will enjoy an excellent tournament

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:32 GMT

    Seeing Starc and McKay in the wickets here is probably the more important sign for me, that bodes very well for us in this short competition. Hope Johnson can get it right too and well have a very strong seam attack.

  • on June 2, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    @Mitty2

    Mate, I don't disagree. If it were up to me Watson should have been out a couple of years ago, but (IMO) due largely to politics and grotesque mismanagement he is still in the team. The best we can do is hope he fires. Other examples of blatant stupidity: persisting with Cowan over any other opener, not giving any young player bar Hughes a decent run in the test squad (we still don't know if Khawaja is test-squad worthy since he has played 6 tests over 2.5 years and wasn't even given an opportunity in India, grrrr), ignoring massive improvers like Smith and O'Keefe, ignoring stalwarts like Cosgrove. The Aussie team success has occurred in spite of the ACB.

  • delboy on June 2, 2013, 8:33 GMT

    I recall the 2004 final sitting next to Sammy who was on water duty. The WI problem is getting the TEAM to perform well repeatedly. There are 4-5 all rounders in the squad this should be an asset rather than cause imbalances. It shows a team playing against itself (internal struggles) rather than ready to compete.

  • Yasin123Patel on June 2, 2013, 8:31 GMT

    Well. Thoes who arguing about Watto. I just want to say that mark my words this time Watto hit minimum 2 centuries in this ashes if he open. I know he hasn't a great test record but this ashes is his time.

  • msdhoni123 on June 2, 2013, 8:09 GMT

    Centuries are overated. Its better for a batsmen to get around 60 every day rather than score 100 or more then not perform for the next couples of matches. Dont know why everyone doubting Shane Watson test ability he averages close to 40 which is amazing for an allrounder.

  • on June 2, 2013, 8:02 GMT

    This Time Aussies Will Win Champions Trophy becos,, They Change Their Uniform..Yellow .. yellow.. Their Old Uniform.. Means Going To High...

  • Narbavi on June 2, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    @Mitty2: You talk about two test 100's in 75 innings, but you failed to notice he has been dismissed 4 or 5 times in the 90's already, isn't a 90 odd score as good as making a 100? anyway i don't want to argue here, like i said, we will know in a couple of months time!!

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    Sorry @narbavi but i'm going to have to disagree with you.

    We all saw the quality of watson's leadership in India (absolutely abysmal in case you didn't see)... So that there goes your first point

    And watson has scored two centuries in 75 innings. Yes, that's right. Two centuries in 75 innings. Mitchell Starc will get more centuries than that in that time.

    @lliam flynn, it was his time alooooooooooooooooooong time ago.

  • rockyponnani on June 2, 2013, 7:04 GMT

    need warner on swing he will be important par of aussies

  • on June 2, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    Yet another 0 by Hughes. As usual it will go un noticed by selectors.

  • on June 2, 2013, 6:13 GMT

    I don't know whether to be encouraged by Watson's recent dominance of the IPL and this 50-over match or frustrated this his short-form talent doesn't easily translate to success in the longer format. Crossing the fingers that he's playing himself into form. If he doesn't deliver with a few good knocks in the first two Tests it's gotta be time for him to go.

    @FFL/RnWA: Watson is the greatest all-rounder in history, men tremble in awe as he walks the streets, he can't go anywhere without being thronged by women to the disgust of his model wife, he is guaranteed to score 2000 runs in the Ashes series, English are bricking it at the prospect of facing this colossus, herpaderp.

  • Biggus on June 2, 2013, 5:54 GMT

    Patchy perfomance by us, but still better than a loss. I'll be happier when this rather odd tournament is over and we can get into the serious stuff. I still think we'll struggle in the Ashes but it's a rivalry we love through good times and bad.

  • Narbavi on June 2, 2013, 5:51 GMT

    @Mitty2: Lets put it this way, you need Watson for the Ashes, especially with the retirements of Huss and Ponting, need someone who has experienced english conditions before, the last time he played an Ashes in england, he scored 3 fifties in 5 innings, and the last time he bowled in england, he picked up a 5 for and a 6 for, yes the opposition wasn't england and it was pakistan but still i guess he deserves to be in there!! Averaging 36 with the bat and 30 with the ball isn't bad for an allrounder but yes that batting average could have been a notch higher!!

  • Baundele on June 2, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    Australian management may still put Watson in the middle order. Missing Ed Cowan.

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 5:16 GMT

    @Lyndon, on the comment above yours, I hadn't seen your recent comment so ignore that.

    But on Watson, we have seen constantly that his ODI performances don't translate into test performances so would be ignoring that. However, despite my anti shane watson agenda, he did give up the vice captaincy, which is a contradiction to my believing of his selfishness. In fact, unless i've read it wrong, it is a very selfless AND team orientated thing to, so i should probably lay off a bit. Also, watson being better as an opener is a myth. He averaged 11 as opener in the shield. His opening success eventuated because of form.

    On starc, in the county he was alright, but as is the case with his career, he was much better in the limited overs. I would only select him if he dominated in the warm up games. I still think that the best attack we can possibly have (not just in the ashes squad) is Harris, Pattinson and Bird and O'keefe. But for the sake of durability, you'd have Siddle in for Harris

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 4:46 GMT

    @narbavi, 2 centuries in a whole career, and constantly injured with a terribly stressing and inefficient bowling action... the list goes on. More than handy with the bowl... Until he gets injured. And no comment is needed on his test batting.

    @Lyndon, are you serious? England beat the eight ranked team in early season conditions. They are world-beaters without a doubt. Hate to say it though FFL, Woakes really does remind me of one infamous John Hastings.

    Oh and regarding starc, it's not just the middle sessions... It's practically 95% of the time. His ability with the new ball is negated with inconsistent lengths and as Taylor said: "just floating it up there". He is well far behind harris, Bird, Siddle and Pattinson right now in my books. However, he was injured in India and throughout the summer and was still bowling 140km/h minimum... In a few years he will be our best bowler by a mile, but right now...

  • on June 2, 2013, 4:41 GMT

    @Mitty 2;While on previous recent performances I would agree with you 100% in regards to Starc and Watson, there always need be flexibility shown in differing circumstances. 2 main reasons for this is that Watson's best performance's for Australia (albeit a while ago) have been opening the innings and if his lead up performances in that position are noteworthy then he should be given the opportunity to replicate them. An attacking yet watchful opener could enable Warner to showcase his natural attacking game at 4 or 5 with more consistency. He may have also been substancially humbled by 'Homeworkgate' and therefore not take his position in the team for granted.In regards to Starc; it maybe that English conditions and the duke ball fit Starcs bowling style like a glove and allow him to be generally threatening for long periods. Once again though red hot red ball form above all others would be a must for him to be included in a 3 man attack but np's with Starc in 4 man pace attack IMO.

  • on June 2, 2013, 4:32 GMT

    why west indies has become so weak team against australia.i think pakistan easily defeat them in champions trophy on 7th june 2013 match.

  • Batmanian on June 2, 2013, 3:59 GMT

    Warm up games for the Champions Trophy... I wouldn't mind if the Champions Trophy were played as warm up games for the WC, and get the ODIs out of the way for four years. Can then have regular T20Is for the kids and twenty tests a year per country for the teenagers and grown ups to watch.

  • popcorn on June 2, 2013, 3:52 GMT

    As expected, the undependable Warbner and Hughes each scored a zero. Sic.

  • on June 2, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    @Chris P...I did watch the Hobart test and hoped that Starc may of turned a corner. His last hour and a bit in which he demolished the Sri Lankan lower order was a supreme mix of vicious pace and bounce and toe crushing inswinging yorkers. He failed to replicate those performances in Sydney and went completely missing in India when Pattinson and Siddle showed true character. I would be happy for Starc to be included as the 4th Seamer in place of Lyon where conditions may suit because he can be unplayable in short cameo type spells but he becomes severley exposed in the middle sessions when conditions favour the batsmen. I tend to think that he has been a little spoilt by CA and that a little isolation away from the national side; earning his stripes in the shield may bring out his best more consistently. Of course in saying all this, I would be thrilled if Starc were to prove me wrong and turn the corner this Ashes series. Australia would be very hard to beat were that to happen.

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 3:31 GMT

    @derpherp, don't need to. But as you can tell with many Australian sporting 'stars'.. It's very easy to see a primadonna and even easier to see players who take the 'me first' attitude over the 'team first'. Just look at Watson in the Indian series. To not complete a simple task in a side that is lacking leadership and experience as vice captain is borderline disgraceful. And when he decided that he would go home when dropped for his baby's birth (more than acceptable), in all interviews (yes he loves the spotlight and made sure he got his 20 interviews), he did not once mention the struggling individuals in the team and everything was 'my' 'me' or 'I'. I could go further but to put it simply, in my view, he is everything a national sporting icon should not be. Even if by some miracle, (emphasize miracle), he eventually shows a mental aptitude for test cricket and does well, I will applaud him for countering critics (me included) and scrutnity, but his flawed personality will remain so

  • Narbavi on June 2, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    @Mitty2 :He has done well in england before with both bat and ball, especially with the ball, you think you have someone who is better than Watson in your country to take his test spot?

  • PFEL on June 2, 2013, 3:21 GMT

    @ simoc, no Coulter-Nile wasn't in the team. As it was a warm up match, and no OFFICIAL team was named, the whole squad is listed in the scorecard. Nonetheless each side still picked 11 players to be involved, of which Coulter-Nile was not one of them.

  • aclarity on June 2, 2013, 3:20 GMT

    This is a wakeup call for those who think naming Bravo as captain was a good move by the selectors. Bravo cannot bowl 10 overs. He barely can give 4 overs. Is his batting great? The selectors have removed Sammy who could barely make the team to put Bravo who should not make the ODI team. This is not T20. I also want to see how many games Sarwn will play. Remember Pollard, Gayle and Samuels must play. I cannot see both Sammy and captain Bravo playing on the same team. This would weaken both the batting and the bowling. Clearly, our selectors lack foresight. Please fire them now!

  • on June 2, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    @Front Foot Lunge...How unlike you Front Foot to hone in on the dark clouds that seem obscured by the bright silver linings of Oz's successful warm up. Where would us Aussie's be were it not for you so thoughtfully pointing out the failings of a winning team that just stepped off the plane into foreign conditions. I think though that there may be article on this distinguished site that may have escaped your attention because I have scanned the comments section and failed to locate any of your astute observations. It's Ironically titled 'England Sticks to Master Plan' and it's all about how England got beaten up by an injury depleted 8th ranked NZ side without their number 1 strike bowler; also about how their future bowling hope 'Woakes' bowled delicious pies at low pace, how England are dependant on an injured Pietersen, and how their are some injury concerns with Broad and Finn who although are very inconsistent are depended upon for the Ashes. Your thoughts?

  • derpherp on June 2, 2013, 2:50 GMT

    @ Mitty2 I didn't know you new Watson personally......

  • Romenevans on June 2, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    Watson Vs. West Indies its always awesome to watch. He has some bitter memories with windies players and some great ones too. Common Watto! He is my fav. player after Kohli.

  • TheBigBoodha on June 2, 2013, 2:38 GMT

    @Front-Foot-Lunge given that your mob struggle to beat NZ (2 wins out of recent 6 games), I'd probably keep my moth shut if I were you. Hughes averages 50 in three short format categories. How many other players can say that? Warner will belt you around, and if he doesn't, Watson will. Looking forward to playing you Poms.

  • Chris_P on June 2, 2013, 2:05 GMT

    Let's not get too carried away, it's only a trial game & means nothing in the overall scheme of things. @Lyndon McPaul agree with Watson but Starc? Did you not watch the Hobart test? I would suggest Wade offered far less with his *coughs* keeping skills.

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 2:01 GMT

    @Lyndon Mcpaul... I think we would all prefer them to not play in the tests in the first place. Starc has a lot of potential, but he still averages over 30 in tests AND FC. (Yes he averaged above 30 before he was selected against New Zealand).

    @FFL, love your work, you were on a really good provocative joke, if only that was how the report was spelt :) But i think you forgot the '300 wickets at an average of above 30' ;)

  • chicko1983 on June 2, 2013, 1:53 GMT

    @front foot lunge - are you talking about the same anderson who averages 38 against Australia?

  • Akoben on June 2, 2013, 1:36 GMT

    As games go this will turn out to be a good workout for West Indies. Narine is going to find it tough right now, but should do ok. For WI to 'step up' they only have to look at what is on the bench. Gayle in for Smith, Samuels for Sarwan (sorry Sars) and Rampaul for Holder. The last is the most tricky but, the most adventerous, and that is Pollard for Sammy. While Sammy has not done anything wrong, with Bravo back bowling, plus the captaincy, now is the time to give Pollard a go and allow him to 'flex'. With him coming in at 6, we have a batting line-up that says....WOW!! The pace attack will learn their respective lengths, and with Rampaul leading the way (he does it everytime) I have de boys looking a good bet for at least reaching the semis. GO WINDIES!!!

  • on June 2, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Shane Watson and Mitchell Starc have been our weakest links in recent test matches so if they can find some form and carry it into the Ashes then Australia could potentially be quite strong. David Warner is very important also and it would be great for Australia for him to score heavily in the CT games before the Ashes.

  • Wealwayslosethecricket on June 2, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Ominous signs from Watson, but I think this performance might be the catalyst for a move down the order for Dave Warner. I don't think the West Indies' bowling attack performed to their potential here. Undoubtedly they will have to be stronger, and the key is for bowlers like Narine and Holder to pick up wickets.

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    For all my reasonings to not like Watson as a player and as a person... At least i can admit that he is a very good limited over specialist. Where his utter ineptitude at reading lengths is negated with flat decks and balls that don't mover after five overs, and also with some white ball form, he should do very well in the Champions trophy. But just hope for some reason that Inverarity sees behind the 'great white hype' that Watson has always been and instead selects a batsman for the Ashes who could learn from their mistakes, and could convert a start (at least cowan actually gets a start).

    Again very good figures for starc and mckay, who are easily our best ODI bowlers. Still don't see the need for MJ though, would prefer we blood another of our endless pool of quicks, i think cutting is injured, what about coulter-nile? I reckon Ali Mcdermott should get a call up soon.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 1, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    As predictable as night leads to day, Hughes (once shockingly labelled "the next Bradman" by some) and Wanrer, the flash and burn T20er, prove hopeless on everything other than a flat deck. The Argos report might well have just been the UK Magazine Argos, flat-packed items for generic use. This does not bode well when the infamously brittle Aussie top 6 face '300 wickets on flat-decks or green' Anderson at Trent Bridge on day 1.

  • OneEyedAussie on June 1, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I hope that Johnson and Faulkner won't play in the same team once the group round starts. Otherwise - wickets from Starc and McKay with runs from Watson, hardly surprising!

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 1, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    No Gayle Samuels or Pollard . . . ? good to see Charles and Darren got runs for W.I I'm really not sure why Dwayne Bravo was made captain he is neither a leader or more of a bowler than Sammy he's gonna have to get serious this isn't IPL now. 1 Gayle 2 Charles (K) 3.Samuels 4.Darren Bravo 5.Sarwan 6.Pollard 7.Dwayne 8.Ramdin 9.Narine/Rampaul 10.Best 11Roach - Personally think Sammy should have stayed captain and in 11 for team but W.I cnt have both Dwayne an Sammy an Pollard also Charles has to keep Ramdin is liability and W.I need extra bowler/batsman if they r to compete.

  • KenyaDigIt on June 1, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Come on you windies! Great to see Kemar back

  • on June 1, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    fanstastic player watson is

  • Simoc on June 1, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    So Coulter Nile is in the team and doesn't get a bowl but Voges does. Strange.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 1, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    The Aussie team looks menacing when it plays in their traditional yellow kit. Great to see Watson back to the top of his game. He is the next Hayden/Slater/Langer/Gilly you name it.

  • on June 1, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Our bowling is just not good. Our batsmen have to score 350 just to be competitive.

  • on June 1, 2013, 21:41 GMT

    Our bowling is just not good. Our batsmen have to score 350 just to be competitive.

  • coldcoffee123 on June 1, 2013, 22:13 GMT

    The Aussie team looks menacing when it plays in their traditional yellow kit. Great to see Watson back to the top of his game. He is the next Hayden/Slater/Langer/Gilly you name it.

  • Simoc on June 1, 2013, 22:15 GMT

    So Coulter Nile is in the team and doesn't get a bowl but Voges does. Strange.

  • on June 1, 2013, 22:23 GMT

    fanstastic player watson is

  • KenyaDigIt on June 1, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    Come on you windies! Great to see Kemar back

  • BRUTALANALYST on June 1, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    No Gayle Samuels or Pollard . . . ? good to see Charles and Darren got runs for W.I I'm really not sure why Dwayne Bravo was made captain he is neither a leader or more of a bowler than Sammy he's gonna have to get serious this isn't IPL now. 1 Gayle 2 Charles (K) 3.Samuels 4.Darren Bravo 5.Sarwan 6.Pollard 7.Dwayne 8.Ramdin 9.Narine/Rampaul 10.Best 11Roach - Personally think Sammy should have stayed captain and in 11 for team but W.I cnt have both Dwayne an Sammy an Pollard also Charles has to keep Ramdin is liability and W.I need extra bowler/batsman if they r to compete.

  • OneEyedAussie on June 1, 2013, 23:47 GMT

    I hope that Johnson and Faulkner won't play in the same team once the group round starts. Otherwise - wickets from Starc and McKay with runs from Watson, hardly surprising!

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on June 1, 2013, 23:55 GMT

    As predictable as night leads to day, Hughes (once shockingly labelled "the next Bradman" by some) and Wanrer, the flash and burn T20er, prove hopeless on everything other than a flat deck. The Argos report might well have just been the UK Magazine Argos, flat-packed items for generic use. This does not bode well when the infamously brittle Aussie top 6 face '300 wickets on flat-decks or green' Anderson at Trent Bridge on day 1.

  • Mitty2 on June 2, 2013, 0:01 GMT

    For all my reasonings to not like Watson as a player and as a person... At least i can admit that he is a very good limited over specialist. Where his utter ineptitude at reading lengths is negated with flat decks and balls that don't mover after five overs, and also with some white ball form, he should do very well in the Champions trophy. But just hope for some reason that Inverarity sees behind the 'great white hype' that Watson has always been and instead selects a batsman for the Ashes who could learn from their mistakes, and could convert a start (at least cowan actually gets a start).

    Again very good figures for starc and mckay, who are easily our best ODI bowlers. Still don't see the need for MJ though, would prefer we blood another of our endless pool of quicks, i think cutting is injured, what about coulter-nile? I reckon Ali Mcdermott should get a call up soon.

  • Wealwayslosethecricket on June 2, 2013, 0:43 GMT

    Ominous signs from Watson, but I think this performance might be the catalyst for a move down the order for Dave Warner. I don't think the West Indies' bowling attack performed to their potential here. Undoubtedly they will have to be stronger, and the key is for bowlers like Narine and Holder to pick up wickets.