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England v Australia, 3rd Investec Test, Edgbaston, 2nd day

Succession issues prompt hard questions

Jul 30, 2015: Australia's selectors and management have been accused of being too harsh on Brad Haddin but the team's horrible display at Edgbaston suggests that they may actually have been too lenient, and not just on him

Daniel Brettig at Edgbaston

Derbyshire v Australians, Tour match, Derby, 1st day

Shaun Marsh tunes up in case Test call comes

Jul 23, 2015: Shaun Marsh scored a hundred against Derbyshire to ensure he was in a decent frame of mind should Chris Rogers not recover in time for the third Test

Daniel Brettig in Derby

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Test, Lord's, 3rd day

Marsh shows the knack of making things happen

Jul 18, 2015: The early stages of Mitchell Marsh's career have not always been smooth but he now has the chance to establish himself as Australia's allrounder and his contribution at Lord's was a template of what he can bring

Daniel Brettig at Lord's

England v Australia, 2nd Investec Ashes Test, Lord's

Door not shut on Watson - Lehmann

Jul 16, 2015: Australia's coach Darren Lehmann has insisted that Shane Watson's Test career is not over after he was replaced by Mitchell Marsh for the second Ashes Test

Daniel Brettig at Lord's

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

Watson's place under threat for Lord's

Jul 11, 2015: Australia's selectors will be compelled to consider the position of Shane Watson and are also likely to have to draft in Peter Siddle to replace Mitchell Starc for the Lord's Test

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

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

No longer the barbarians at the gate

Jul 11, 2015: Shane Watson's struggles epitomise an Australian team that hasn't been consistently dominant for years

Jarrod Kimber in Cardiff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff, 2nd day

Watson and Haddin at the precipice

Jul 10, 2015: When the third day dawned in Cardiff, Shane Watson and Brad Haddin were key to Australia's chances of fighting back but neither could deliver which starts to raise questions of the future

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

England v Australia, 1st Investec Test, Cardiff

Pain of '09 near-miss spurs on Australia

Jul 7, 2015: Five members of the current Australia squad were present when James Anderson and Monty Panesar defied them six years ago and it was an outcome that set the tone for more than just one series

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

The Investec Ashes

Watson to help fill Harris gulf

Jul 6, 2015: Shane Watson's greater experience of England and his capacity to bowl some of the kinds of spells Ryan Harris might have delivered for Australia appears set to squeeze him into the first Test team ahead of Mitchell Marsh

Daniel Brettig in Cardiff

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 2nd day

History repeats itself as Westley makes Australians toil

Jul 2, 2015: A decade after a young Alastair Cook smote the Australians to all parts of Chelmsford, another youthful Essex opener in Tom Westley did much the same

Daniel Brettig in Chelmsford

Essex v Australians, Tour match, Chelmsford, 1st day

Red-hot Marsh turns up heat on Watson

Jul 1, 2015: On the hottest July day in England since records began, it was hard to know what was at a higher temperature - a sweltering Chelmsford crowd or the scything blade of Mitchell Marsh

Daniel Brettig at Chelmsford

The Investec Ashes 2015

Johnson can 'reopen' English scars - McGrath

Jun 29, 2015: Glenn McGrath believes Mitchell Johnson "has to play" the first Test of the Investec Ashes series and that he can "reopen the scars" he inflicted in England during the last series in Australia

George Dobell

The Investec Ashes 2015

Watson, Marsh duel 'tight' - Lehmann

Jun 28, 2015: Shane Watson and Mitchell Marsh will face-off once again for the allrounder's berth in Australia's final warm-up ahead of the first Investec Test against England in Cardiff

Daniel Brettig in Canterbury

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 3rd day

Mitchell Marsh edges ahead in Test battle after ton

Jun 27, 2015: Mitchell Marsh has done everything within his power to press for a spot in Australia's first Test XI, leaving Shane Watson to prove his fitness as a bowler next week or risk being dropped from the side

Daniel Brettig in Canterbury

Kent v Australians, Tour match, Canterbury, 2nd day

Johnson fires up but Watson, Marsh miss out

Jun 26, 2015: Where Mitchell Johnson signalled his intent to again dent England neither Shane Watson nor Mitchell Marsh were able to push ahead as the allrounder most likely to take a pivotal place in Australia's first Test X

Daniel Brettig in Canterbury

Australia in West Indies 2015

No Harris, no problem for Australia attack

Jun 15, 2015: With no weak links in the four-man bowling unit that took on the West Indies, the availability of Ryan Harris for the Ashes will give the Australian selectors much to ponder

Daniel Brettig

Australia in West Indies 2015

Watson available for first West Indies Test

May 27, 2015: Australia allrounder Shane Watson is set to join the Test squad in the West Indies on Wednesday, following the birth of his second child in Sydney

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australia in West Indies 2015

Watson's Test availability uncertain

May 23, 2015: Shane Watson's availability for the first Test against West Indies in Dominica remains unclear as he prepares for the birth of his second child in Sydney

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2015, Bangalore

Quitting captaincy gave Watson freedom - Dravid

May 17, 2015: Rahul Dravid, the Rajasthan Royals mentor, has said that Shane Watson's move to hand over the franchise's captaincy to Steven Smith has given him more freedom to perform his all-round duties

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajasthan Royals v Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2015, Bangalore

Mount Watson overflows with runs

May 16, 2015: Ajinkya Rahane and Shane Watson are polar opposites technically but achieved the same devastating effect for Rajasthan as part of five takeaways from the Royals win

Devashish Fuloria in Mumbai
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