Oz media doubts Watson's commitment for role of captain in Delhi Test
Sydney, Mar 20 : Australian vice-captain Shane Watson's consideration for the captaincy post for the Delhi Test in the event of captain Michael Clarke's dropping out has been criticised by the Australian media, with many reports saying that the vice-captain is not committed enough to take the reins for the final Test.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Watson's consideration for the captaincy is a result of the negativity that has taken hold of a team which is caught between the need to impose discipline on unruly and underperforming players, like Watson himself, and a lack of experience, ability and leadership.
Stating that Watson's elevation so soon after his much-criticised protest against his suspension and Cricket Australia's high-performance manager Pat Howard's comment will be a mistake, the report said that Watson is now a non-bowling all-rounder with a mediocre recent record, instead of the latter-day Ian Botham he once promised to be.
The report also criticised Watson's abandonment of the Australian tour, and said that although he went back for the birth of his son, his leaving a team which is struggling to lend itself some honour by winning the final Test against India, goes against his favour.
Stating that although Clarke has been intuitive and creative as a captain, the report said that there is a hard edge missing in the Australian team, adding that elevating a player like Watson, who has already failed a test of commitment, to the captaincy will not bring it back.