Jonathan Trott, Kumar Sangakkara, Rahul Dravid, Ricky Ponting, Younis Khan and Hashim Amla all share a number of common attributes: selflessness, stability, reliability, a sound technique and the ability to score big runs.
Mr Vain does not possess any of these characteristics. Watson is far too absorbed with his own game to care a jot for others. He is neither stable nor reliable as evidenced by the fact that he has been involved (normally as the guilty party) in eight run outs in his 33 Tests.
Whilst undoubtedly talented, Watson does not possess an especially sound technique being particularly susceptible to being caught in front on his crease. If Rahul Dravid's wall was made of bricks, Watson's is made of tracing paper.
Finally, in perhaps the most important category, Watson falls woefully short of what is required. He has passed fifty 18 times in Tests, but only twice has he gone to reach three figures. That is the performance of a number six or seven, not someone who bats in the top three.
All of his failings were on show in Bridgetown in his first attempt to prove he can flourish in this most pivotal of roles. He was lucky not to be given out when padding up to Darren Sammy, comically ran out a furious Ponting and then gave his wicket away once he had got to 39.
It's hard to get away from the feeling that Watson being higher up the order than Ponting, Michael Clarke and Mike Hussey is both incongruous and doomed to failure.
Cricket Zeroes: Shane Watson
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