Clarke gives Watson advice at training

By Ben Horne,

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    Captain Michael Clarke took a hands on role at Australian training on Thursday in helping Shane Watson overcome his lbw problem.

    Clarke was a vocal figure at the session and worked with Watson in the Northampton nets in the lead up to Australia’s two-day tour match against the England Lions.

    As Australia’s batting line-up continues to fight for toughness, game smarts and consistency, who better to school them than Clarke, one of the best batsmen of the modern era.

    Watson has been out four times lbw during this Ashes series, including in the second innings at Chester-le-Street, and it is a weakness that has dogged him for his entire career.

    Between the second and third Tests, Watson spent a week in London working on not making his front leg such a target for England’s quicks and resisting the urge to play across the line.

    Clarke, Australia’s leading batsman, was giving Watson advice and feedback on Thursday on playing straight.

    “It’s always handy to have someone to help out isn’t it,” said coach Darren Lehmann.

    “(Clarke) came early for his session and he wants to help the young blokes out.”

    The young blokes, and Watson.

    Clarke spent most of his time with his former vice captain, standing down the wicket as batting coach Michael Di Venuto threw balls down.

    Lehmann said the advice would have been simple.

    “Not to get out lbw I would think,” Lehmann joked.

    “Use your bat, play straight.”

    There’s long been speculation and innuendo surrounding Clarke’s relationship with Watson.

    More dirty laundry was aired in leaked court documents from former coach Mickey Arthur’s case against Cricket Australia.

    However, there can be no doubting the communication of the pair on this Ashes tour.

    And Thursday’s session suggested there was nothing wrong with their working relationship.

    “I’ve had no problems with them since I’ve been here,” said Lehmann.

    “They’ve worked well so no problems.”

    Watson will captain the Australians in the tour match, with Clarke being rested.

    In his new role at No.6, Watson batted a fine knock in the first innings at Chester-le-Street, scoring 68.

    He hurt his right groin and hip in the fourth Test, and won’t bowl in the tour match, however Australia expect him to be fit to assume his allrounder duties in the fifth Test at The Oval.

    Meanwhile, England suffered a blow ahead of the final match of the series, with fast bowling allrounder Tim Bresnan ruled out for the rest of the season with stress fractures in his back.

    Bresnan was a key man in England’s fourth Test victory.

    Chris Tremlett will be his likely replacement at The Oval, unless England decide to play two spinners.

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    The Crowd Says (8)

    • August 17th 2013 @ 12:19pm
      Silver_Sovereign said | August 17th 2013 @ 12:19pm | ! Report

      I think the hate between the two is overblown. They seem to be getting on fairly well chatting in the slips.

    • August 17th 2013 @ 1:30pm
      ozbloke said | August 17th 2013 @ 1:30pm | ! Report

      Rather than giving Watson advice,Clarke should tell him,mate this is your last test in the unless you ton up or get a bag full of wickets,you’re a goner.Watson is our best best for T20 and ODI’s. I for once am of the strong opinion to give younger blokes (barring Hughes,Marsh) a go.try the likes of Maddinson,Silk and now Robson.see how it might be ideal for them to start in Brisbane.

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      August 17th 2013 @ 3:11pm
      Kevin Mader said | August 17th 2013 @ 3:11pm | ! Report

      Anyone who gets taken in by Clarke and Watto’s new-found friendship? …

    • August 17th 2013 @ 7:27pm
      Broken-hearted Toy said | August 17th 2013 @ 7:27pm | ! Report

      Watson has been out of form for most of the past two years in test cricket, any help he gets is probably a waste of time. Clarke should concentrate on the youngsters rather than Watson.

    • August 17th 2013 @ 11:29pm
      Bobbo7 said | August 17th 2013 @ 11:29pm | ! Report

      Watson has a Test average of 34. While that makes him a superstar in NZ, at 32 with poor form over the past 2 years, off field issues and injuries, it will be interesting to see how much longer he will play Tests. Before the Tests Watson said he was in th form of his career. How much longer can the selectors persist?

      • August 17th 2013 @ 11:52pm
        Chris said | August 17th 2013 @ 11:52pm | ! Report

        Interesting comment about New Zealand.

        The batting line up they last put out in a Test match had the following Test averages:

        Peter Fulton 29.04
        Hamish Rutherford 36.44
        Kane Williamson 31.47
        Ross Taylor 42.21
        Dean Brownlie 29.62
        Brendon McCullum 35.38
        BJ Watling 29.86

        So Watson would have the 4th highest average in the New Zealand team, whereas he has the third highest average in the Australian team.


        • August 18th 2013 @ 2:32am
          JimmyB said | August 18th 2013 @ 2:32am | ! Report


        • August 18th 2013 @ 3:41pm
          GiantScrub said | August 18th 2013 @ 3:41pm | ! Report

          Chris Rogers 36.30
          David Warner 38.41
          Usman Khawaja 25.13
          Michael Clarke 52.19
          Steve Smith 29.52
          Shane Watson 34.51
          Brad Haddin 34.50

          Accurate trolling only please.

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