If you are an Australia supporter, there can be few more annoying things than seeing one of the best batsmen in your team getting out in exactly the same manner each time he walks out to bat. As an England supporter, it is initially fun, then funny and finally tragicomic to watch a leading batsman in the opposite team being predictable to the point that the bowler must simply place the ball in the right area to pick up a wicket.
What exactly is wrong with Shane Watson?
There can be no doubting his ability with the bat. In limited-overs cricket, and indeed in brief flashes in Test cricket, Watson is the equal of anyone in the world when he is striking the ball cleanly, bullying bowlers into submission. Certainly, an average of less than 35, with two hundreds, from 43 Tests, is poor returns for a batsman who has every stroke in the book, is comfortable against pace and spin and does not especially favour front or back foot.