Wellington, Feb 25 - Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has claimed that it is crunch time for him to score runs in general, in order to retain his place in the squad.
However, Watson feels that he is doing everything he possibly can for the same. he remains Australia's premier all-rounder and Would bat at first drop in Saturday's high octane World Cup pool clash with unbeaten New Zealand in Auckland.
However with Mitch Marsh firing and James Faulkner soon to be passed fit, Watson's hold on that title could soon come into question, also his place in the XI, Stuff. co. nz reported.
Wellington, Feb 17 : Australian cricketer Mitchell Marsh believes that Shane Watson is still the premier all-rounder in their squad and insists that he is a vital cog for them going forward in this World Cup.
Watson is under pressure to hold his place in the Australian team, as he has been struggling with his form recently and went off for a duck on the first ball against England in Australia's World Cup opener.
Sydney, Jan 30 : Australian swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson and his wife Lee have bought an eye-catching luxurious four bedroom home in Bronte, a beach side suburb of Sydney, for a whooping sum of nine million dollars .
The luxurious home has views of both Bronte and Tamarama, including from in front of the bath in the master suite, News. com. au reported.
Last month the couple had announced that they were expecting their second child after two-year-old son Will.(ANI)
Sydney, Jan 29 : As the World Cup nears and Michael Clarke struggles to regain fitness to meet his deadline, all-rounder Shane Watson has claimed that he has not sensed any division within the team, as speculations emerged of a growing rift between the skipper and teammates.
Clarke's relationship with teammates has become a hot topic of discussion throughout a summer of injury dramas. However, Cricket Australia bosses James Sutherland and Pat Howard have both reportedly denied that discussions about dethroning Clarke as captain after the World Cup have taken place.
Sydney, Jan 04 : Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes that swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson should better cement his place at number three following a downward trend in his batting average.
According to Chappell, Watson's failure to convert starts was not acceptable at number three as he was expected to take charge and dominate at times. He stated that the reason Watson was struggling stemmed from his attempt to overcome an lbw fallibility, News. com. au reported.
Sydney, Jan 01 : Australia cricket team coach Darren Lehmann has called on Shane Watson to convert his 50s into tons as the all-rounder has hit 23 half-centuries with just four centuries in 55 Test appearances.
Lehmann said that they would love for Watson, who is a source of frustration to many because of his obvious ability, to get a hundred when he gets a 50.
Lehmann said that Watson, who scored 52 and 17 at the MCG that gave him a Test average of 25.80 in 2014, should have gone on with his day four's 17, adding that that is the same with all their players, News. com. au reported.
London, Dec 27 - Former Australian cricket Test captain Allan Border admitted that he has become an extremely frustrated fan of swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson following an inconsistent batting display over the span of 10 years.
Border believes that Watson, who only has four centuries at a batting average of 35, was just so brilliant when he was at his best and admitted that he had been hoodwinked by his occasional flashes of brilliance. He said that it was time for him to start batting for long periods of time and making big runs, the Daily Telegraph reported.
Wellington, Dec 23 : Australia swashbuckling all-rounder Shane Watson has left the MCG nets after being struck by a bouncer delivery on the helmet during a training session for the upcoming Boxing Day Test against India.
Fast bowler James Pattinson, who bowled the bouncer delivery, also left the nets looking shaken as players and officials rushed towards all-rounder to check on him, the Stuff. co. nz reported.
According to reports, Watson has not been injured, but took his time out in the dressing room after the blow.
Johannesburg, Dec 08 - Veteran Australian all-rounder Shane Watson has said that his side is keen to inflict pain on India in the series opening Test in Adelaide with their aggressive brand of cricket.
Watson, who claimed that it had been a mentally challenging time getting back to cricket after the tragic passing of their teammate Phillip Hughes, has warned the tourists to expect a fired-up Australian team in Tuesday's first Test.
Sydney, Nov 16 : Australia all-rounder Shane Watson reportedly wants to face up to the final frontier in his Test career by defeating some batting mental demons and hitting big tons against India this summer.
Watson has admitted that he has unfinished business in Australian squad with the experienced all-rounder only able to post four hundreds to date in a 52-Test match career.
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