Sydney, May 23 ANI | 7 months ago

Australia batting coach Michael di Venuto has reportedly defended all-rounder Shane Watson of the accusations that he only scores runs when there is no pressure, saying that even though he has not been on his best form, he has still been able to contribute to the team's wins.

Although there have reportedly been perceptions that Watson has not played enough match-saving innings for his country, Di Venuto said that the criticism is unfair because there is a lot of pressure on the players every time they go to the crease.

According to News.com.au, Di Venuto said that he knows Watson's hundred in Perth, when the all-rounder scored 103 off 108 including 74 off 42 on the morning of day four, the game situation had been setup nicely for him to go out and play the way he did, but it still takes a lot of courage to go out and bat that way.

The batting coach said that for someone like Watson, the hardest thing is that they did not have three months or four months of pre-season to go and break things down and get himself right for the season, adding that they have got three or four days in between Test matches to try to sort that out.

Di Venuto said that the most pleasing thing about Watson is that the all rounder has scored a couple of centuries during a time when he was not on top of his game.

(Posted on 23-05-2014)

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