Third Test, Melbourne: Day 1 – Watson extends the career, again

“This innings had the full set: out lbw, shortly after reaching a milestone, just before a break in play, and immediately after a useful partnership had been broken, leaving two new batsmen to start again.” Image: ABC Grandstand

The New Daily: If it was Chris Rogers playing the career-extending innings in Brisbane last week, on Boxing Day it was Shane Watson who found the timeliest of scores.

Watson raised his first Test fifty of 2014 just after Lunch, his highest score since making an unbeaten 83 against England in the Boxing Day Test of 2013. However, just when you thought he was set, he was out plumb LBW for 52, attempting to sweep Ravi Ashwin.

It was the archetypal Watson innings, therefore. It left the Watson fans proof that he was still capable of scoring runs when it mattered, while simultaneously, the detractors were lining up to say ‘see, I told you so’. Like most Shane Watson debates, both sides are correct to a degree.

Stumps, Day 1: AUSTRALIA 5/259 (S.Smith 72*, C.Rogers 57; Mohammed Shami 2/55, U.Yadev 2/69)

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