Ex-Australian paceman Jason Gillespie has questioned Shane Watson’s performances in the Test side.
Former Australia seamer and current Yorkshire head coach, Jason Gillespie, has raised concerns over current player Shane Watson’s form in the Test side.
Gillespie thinks that with the Ashes series in England quickly approaching the Australians could be in for a tough time if they’re relying on inconsistent players like Watson.
“We can’t gloss over the fact that, as a Test cricketer, he [Watson] hasn’t been doing the job,” the Aussie told the Guardian.
“The last couple of years he hasn’t been performing.”
The 31-year-old batsman was one of four Test players controversially suspended from Australia’s recent tour of India for not doing his homework and questions were raised about his professionalism.
Gillespie believes that the confusion and uncertainty surrounding his former side’s batting order will create problems when they face the Three Lions bowling attack.
With the likes of James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann facing the Australian batsmen, the Yorkshire coach thinks his old side could be in for a tough summer and that England start as favourites.
Gillespie played 71 Test matches for Australia and claimed 259 wickets, although perhaps his most famous international moment came when he scored an unbeaten double-century against Bangladesh – his 201 not-out easily the record score by a night-watchman.
At 37-years-old the Australian is now considered to be a young coach as he guides Yorkshire into their first return to the County Championship Division One for two years.
Yorkshire begin their top tier challenge, under the watchful eye of Gillespie, when they host Sussex on Wednesday in the opening match of the new season.