Shane Watson strikes form in fifth Ashes test, but too late for Australia

By Saurabh Sahni on Aug 24, 2013 | The Ashes 2013
The year 2013 has been a topsy-turvy ride for Shane Watson, especially in test cricket. During the Border- Gavaskar Trophy against India in India, Shane Watson was shown the door from the team and even made captain of the Baggy Greens. He was instrumental in taking Rajasthan Royals to third place in this year’s Indian Premier League season. However, during the ongoing Ashes series, first of the back to back Ashes series scheduled for 2013, Australia had not benefitted much from the all rounder on field.

Australia’s poor run in the first three matches of the series went in parallel with Shane Watson’s lack of form. However, in what can be seen as an effort to redeem some respect and confidence, Australia is in charge of the fifth Ashes test, at least on the first day. This was courtesy of Shane Watson finally striking form. Shane Watson completed his first century in last 3 years and over 25 test matches.

Shane Watson was the star of the first day of the fifth test. However, Watson fell to a spectacular catch by Pieterson on boundary on the score of 176 runs. Watson’s innings was well paced and he reached his century mark almost at run a ball. Watson’s 176 runs came from 247 deliveries. The innings included a tally of 25 fours and a single maximum hit as well. Steven Smith was left on the field with night-watchman Peter Siddle on the end of play on Day One of the final test.
Last updated - Aug 24, 2013 04:12 AM
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