Former Australian test player and skipper Ricky Ponting has shown strong support for Shane Watson who was suspended as vice captain and removed from Australian squad for the third test against India. Shane Watson was suspended along with Pattinson, Usman Khawaja and Mitchell Johnson for not providing feedback to Coach Mickey Arthur about the ways to improve team’s performance.
Ricky was talking to the media after his third century knock in the Sheffield Shield for Tasmanian side. He described Watson as a very hard working individual and someone who was always a team player. He cherished the time spent and played with him in the team as Watson played under Ponting’s captaincy for about two years from 2009 till 2011. Ponting was the one who utilized the abilities of Watson and brought the best out of him. The result was that Watson became a consistent test performer despite his injuries at the start of career. Ponting continued that he had never observed attitude problem or any behavioral issues in Watson. He termed the comments of Cricket Australia’s performance manager Pat Howard about Watson as harsh and uncalled for.
Shane Watson is currently in Australia with his wife who had a successful delivery on Thursday. The couple has a son named ‘Will’. After this development, team management including skipper Michael Clarke is hopeful about Watson’s availability for the fourth and final test against India in New Delhi. However, the final decision from Watson is yet to be known to the team management.