Watson believes Australia must let their on-field performance do the talking
With the number one Test team ranking on the line in the upcoming series between Australia and South Africa, many people would expect both sides to start playing mind games to unsettle one another, but Australian all-rounder Shane Watson believes that this will not help his team beat the red-hot Proteas.
Watson noted that Australia’s decisions and actions on the field will be the deciding factor on whether they become crowned as the new number one Test team.
Vincent Barnes, who was former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur’s right-hand man during their 2008-2009 series win over Australia, took the first swipe at the Australians and questioned their ageing batting lineup.
Watson stated that he was not surprised by the cheap shot and added that he still had a lot of faith in the Australian batsmen.
The Sydney Morning Herald quoted Watson as saying: “In the end, it doesn’t matter what’s said leading into the first Test, all that matters is the action on the field. All that matters is actually what comes together throughout the Test series.”
However, Watson admitted that Australia’s top order batsmen were going to struggle against South Africa’s dynamic pace trio of Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel and Vernon Philander.
“There is no doubt for us to have success that we’re going to have to score some big runs, and that’s going to be a huge challenge against the calibre of bowlers that the South Africans do have. It’s going to be a brilliant series. The competition between bat and ball on both sides is going to be something very special to watch,” Watson added.