England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 4th day July 11, 2015

Watson's lbw woes and losing the first Test

Statistical highlights from the fourth day of the first Ashes Test in Cardiff
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WATCH - Shane Watson gets trapped LBW again

8 Number of wins for England in their last 15 Ashes Tests at home. England only lost one of these 15 Tests and drew the remaining six.

15 Number of times in the last 17 Ashes (going back to 1982) that the team taking a 1-0 lead has gone on to win the Ashes. The only exceptions were the Ashes series of 2005 and 1997.

29 Number of times Shane Watson has been dismissed lbw in Tests, the most for any Australian batsman in the last 10 years. Ricky Ponting has been trapped in front on 26 occasions during this period. Overall, Alastair Cook has been dismissed lbw the most times in the last 10 years - 39 times.

17 Number of 50-plus scores for David Warner in the last two years, more than any other batsman. Three other batsmen - Joe Root, Steven Smith and Misbah-ul-Haq - have made 16 scores each of 50 or more. Warner has scored 2037 runs in this period at an average of 52.23.

33 Runs scored by Steven Smith in the fourth innings of this Test. Smith's career batting average in the fourth innings is 29.75, while he averages 89.64 in the first innings of Tests. Click here to Smith's career batting summary.

12 Number of 50-plus scores for Mitchell Johnson in Tests, the most for any Australian player when batting at No. 8 or below. He went past Shane Warne who has 11 such scores. Daniel Vettori holds the overall record with 23 scores of 50 or more when batting at No. 8 or below.

72 The partnership between Johnson and Mitchell Starc, the second-highest eighth wicket partnership for Australia in the fourth innings of a Test match. The highest such partnership for Australia is 76 between Warne and Ricky Ponting at Old Trafford in 2005.

77 Runs scored by Johnson in the fourth innings of this Test, the second-highest score by an Australian batsman in the fourth innings of a Test when batting at No. 8 or below. The only time an Australian batsman scored more was when Rod Marsh scored 91 against England in 1972.

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  • Muhammad Zeeshan on July 13, 2015, 9:46 GMT

    Leg before Wicket should be renamed as Leg Before Watson...in his honorary memory...

  • Izmi on July 13, 2015, 4:57 GMT

    Shane Watson looks secure when he is aggressive than when he is plodding forward when he is least secure and is a potential LBW candidate. When he started his career more than a decade ago he was known to be an allrounder and would go after the bowling right from the start whilst in recent times he is known to play forward very frequently with his foot planted at the crease trying to prevent the ball from striking his pads and very often misses the ball that crashes onto his pads and is adjudged LBW 9 out of 10 times. As such fast bowlers have always aimed at his pads and have capitalised on his weakness. He has not contributed with the bat in over 3 years and is lucky to be in the Australian cricket team due to his potential and his luck could run out any moment now ending his career during this ashes series.

  • Rattus on July 13, 2015, 0:41 GMT

    Agree with TIMONOROBO and by extension ALEXK400, Watto looks much better when playing aggressively. He has dominated seasons of the IPL which is played on slower pitches (though not exactly the same as Cardiff). The trouble is, whenever he fails in tests he says in press conferences he needs to be "more patient" and "grind it out". But his concrete foot technique is not good enough to stand there and block for hours on end, which is all he ends up doing coz he can't work the ball around for singles. I would love to see him trying to whack the bowler over his head, or slogging Ali over midwicket for 6. It won't come off every innings but at least he would give himself a chance. It is puzzling that he, or team support staff, haven't worked out how he should bat - which I guess is why he'll get dropped.

  • Sunil on July 12, 2015, 15:25 GMT

    @Landl47: Sorry, I respectfully disagree. The point I am making is that the advent of DRS has changed the way that umpires make LBW decisions, which is "not good for Test cricket". They're giving more and more 'close calls' OUT now (batsman well on front foot, ball sliding down leg, etc) because they are apprehensive about looking silly on camera. Second, the decisions in both innings were not the "correct" ones like you assert. In fact, on the contrary, when the TV umpire says "umpire's call", it means the ball tracking technology is not precise enough and that they estimate that the ball might or might not hit the stumps and that there's enough doubt that they're leaving to the umpire, who actually was himself in doubt but chose to give the benefit of the doubt to the bowler! You see the irony there? The benefit of doubt has to always go to the batsman. He gets no second chances.

  • Alex on July 12, 2015, 5:59 GMT

    He is a ODI player. His best is when he play aggressive. In Test you have to be calculative and bid time. He just do not have grinder game. You need to play angles. His major problem in test is his technique. His front foot made of concrete..saying to bowler hit hit me. He needs to have tow type of game in TEST. Slog over midwicket is your scoring shot means you can't be successful in Test. He needs to play straight and protect his front foot.

  • Dummy4 on July 12, 2015, 5:34 GMT

    diri - I seem to remember England beating India in India last time round? Selective memory loss?

  • Nirmal on July 12, 2015, 4:21 GMT

    Here lbw is not a problem for watson he is not getting runs that is the major issue for him. he has to sit back should give chance to marsh brothers

  • John on July 12, 2015, 2:39 GMT

    Sorry, Yobro, but complaining because the umpires got it right is not much of an argument. If in former years the umpires would have given the wrong decision in order to give batsmen the unwritten benefit of the doubt, then the DRS is helping umpires give better decisions. Watson reviewed both his decisions, which he could not have done before the DRS, and both times the umpires were proven right. The system worked perfectly and Watson was back in the pavilion where he belonged. This is really GOOD for test cricket- the more correct decisions, the better.

  • tim on July 12, 2015, 1:52 GMT

    The only problem is.. "he is batting differently in tests. His defensive game destroyed him. He should plant his front-foot only to fuller deliveries & play every other delivery on back foot. He's highly successful in shorter formats since he plays his natural attacking game." What i don't understand is.. why is nobody telling him to play his natural attacking game? He got his last 100 at perth playing his natural game. Ofcourse, he'll br dropped now. But, if he ever gets another chance due to teammate's injury, then he should play his attacking game.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2015, 22:32 GMT

    Give the guy a break. Watson is a good player and okay he gets out LB but it's a lot better to be LB than bowled. He's protecting his wicket! Australia didn't loose because of Shane Watson. He's batting too far down the order to put the blame on him. Also it's a team sport so no one player is the entire team. I don't think he did any worse than Mitchell Johnson in the match. But end of the day if your relying on one person to win you the match than your not going to win much.

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