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Watson received some “excellent” advice from Clarke
Australia all-rounder Shane Watson has revealed that he has consulted Test captain Michael Clarke on helping him overcome his continuous lbw woes, which earned him heavy criticism throughout the recently concluded Ashes series.
Just recently, Watson spent a long session in the nets with batting coach Michael di Venuto throwing deliveries at him, while Clarke served as a mentor and constantly bellowed advice from the other end of the pitch.
The aim of the session was to stop Watson from walking across his stumps, which has been his downfall on four different occasions throughout the historic series.
“I’ve been having a chat to Michael over the last week especially about the way that I’m getting out, lbw at the moment,” Watson said. “I’m getting a lot of different information about the ways that I can try to get that right. Michael just more so jogged my memory of a few things that I was doing a couple of years ago, more so with Greg Chappell, and making sure I was taking it back to the basics and having someone throw the ball slowly and making sure I was getting myself in the right position.
“Michael’s advice has been excellent. He has been through a similar thing at some stage in his career. It’s good to be able to get his advice. He’s certainly one of the best players in the world and has been for the last couple of years. He has been through all those different challenges throughout his Test career, so it’s nice to be able to get his advice.”
While Watson and Clarke have not always seen eye to eye in the past, especially from what former coach Mickey Arthur said in his leaked legal documents, the pair continue to insist that there is no rift between them.
After having worked closely with Clarke in the nets, Watson is hoping that he does not let himself down and let all the training and advice he received go to waste.
“I let myself down in the second innings to get out that way again,” Watson said. “I know how they will attack me. Bresnan is the one who has given me the most trouble with that angle and unfortunately for him, but fortunately for me, he won’t be playing. He has bowled nicely and done a great job.”
Watson admitted that he had also hoped to face some of Australia’s pace bowlers in the nets as he wanted to fix some “technical” aspects of his game.
“Mainly [my aim] was to try and face some quicks to work on a technical thing that I’ve been working on, getting my front leg out of the way more than anything, or getting my bat in the way,” Watson said. “It wasn’t too much of a practice against that today unfortunately. But being down here and being able to do a lot of work on that in the nets alone, I have got a lot out of these last few days anyway.”