Sydney: Shane Watson captained Australia in the fourth and final Test against India recently, but his poor showing does not guarantee him neither his batting spot nor his role as Michael Clarke's deputy for the Ashes, Aussie chairman of selectors John Inverarity hinted on Tuesday.
Speaking for the first time after Australia's humiliating 4-0 whitewash in the Test series against India Inverarity said although the team still needed Watson because of his talent and experience, his showing with the bat - averaging 16.5 in India and 24.11 in the past two years - was very frustrating.
"Things will always be discussed. Every aspect of the team will be discussed, players and leadership roles, that is absolutely normal and it will be done so again," Inverarity replied when asked whether Watson's role as team's vice-captain will be reconsidered before the Ashes.
Inverarity said although the team still needed Watson, his showing with the bat - averaging of 16.5 in India and 24.11 in the past two years - was very frustrating.
"I won't go into details there but it was all carefully considered. There were a couple of other options and that was the preferred option. He was tour vice-captain and he was the one who had captaincy experience at international level, and from all quarters that was the preferred option."
He further said that the selectors are concerned about Watson's form with the bat. "We're concerned about his performances. In those ODI matches back in Australia his form looked to be outstanding, and in the first couple of Test matches when I was there he was playing well until the ball of his dismissal. But his performances, we need him, he is one of those senior players, and talented players and experienced players, and we need him performing."
Inverarity also hinted that the performance of every player, including Watson, will be discussed soon. "We'll have discussions later this week and through April, and every player will be discussed."