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Former Australia opener Michael Slater has announced that all-rounder Shane Watson has to convert his starts into bigger scores.
Slater’s comments come after Watson was caught by Shikhar Dhawan at mid-on off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin on the second day of the second Test in Brisbane.
“It was just a loss of concentration,” Slater was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “I don’t know if he was trying to get it up over the top or whether he was trying to hit the gap. It was a bit of a nothing stroke, even though he hit it crisply. You’ve got to get it away from the fielders.
“He’s going to be really disappointed with that. He’s such a good striker of the ball that at times he can get a bit one-paced. And I thought what he was doing quite nicely today was working the singles.
“There was a bit of subtlety to his game, which I think he can keep introducing and it would make him a better player. That’s a big miss, really, because he got himself going.
Slater also noted that since Watson occupies the crucial number three spot on the batting line-up, it is imperative that he starts making centuries soon.
“He’s a quality player, but I think he’s got to show at No.3 that he can get that big score soon,” Slater said. “That’s just a fact of life that when you’re in this position – you’ve got to perform. You can’t do it every time but you’ve got to be able to convert starts and at least start to trouble the scorers more often than not.
“I think he needs to do that soon to remind everyone of the quality player that he is. I don’t think he’s lost anything. He did bowl nicely, his catching was great and he has a good all-round ability.
“He’s not getting any younger, but at the same time but I think he should be able to cement this No.3 position.”