Shane Watson out for 3 weeks

Preliminary news on Shane Watson's calf injury has him out for 3 weeks but may return for the semi-finals. What with his back injury before the 2003 World Cup, a dislocated shoulder last summer and the pulled hammy before the Ashes, Watson has a habit of injuring himself just before (or during) big tournaments (he must have English blood in him). It turns out he injured the same calf during last year's Pura Cup final although considering his formidable catalogue of injuries, it's likely any new injury is old ground retread.

Watson gets his fair share of criticism even when fully fit. There's been many comments posted here on saying he shouldn't be in the side. Robert Craddock says Watson is simply not tough enough. Now accusations of Watson of being a girly wuss-man are a bit unfair. His pretty boy looks and man-power physique don't help. Sure, he curled up at the foot of Brett Lee's bed sobbing in the haunted Lumley Castle. When he got a slight chest pain at the Champion's Trophy, he rushed to hospital screaming 'heart attack'... Hmm, what was my point again?
Posted by JC on Mon 2 Apr 25 comments
Whatever even happened to the beer-guzzling, foul-mouthed, angry fast bowler types? Watson looked like he was going to cry when McGrath walked him to the edge of the field the other night and Bracken looks like a Barbie doll with the awful looking hairband. Somebody please sack the Aussie cricket team's stylist and get Lillee or Thommo in there next to Cooley. All these guys need when they get an injury is a slab of ice and a slap around the eyes.
Posted by TA on 2007-04-02 19:54:41
Yep, too many Julios in the squad and the trend towards a preening, metrosexual majority is definitely a concern. It shouldn't be too hard to sledge the modern Australian team - a sharp barb about Michael Clarke's latest hairdo should have the boy in tears.
Posted by JC on 2007-04-02 20:45:24
I think the "beer guzzling, foul mouthed" fast bowler streotype is over hyped. You can be quiet, dignified and lethal at the same time. The Windies exemplied fied that for years: Holding, Garner, Walsh and so did Kapil Dev (although you can argue that he wasnt really fast). Plus, Merv Hughes' beer guzzling didnt help him bowl, did it?
Posted by jkal on 2007-04-03 07:42:55
I think Shane Watson is bad for team image. While not suggesting he is a hypochondriac, when on the field he displays poor body language. Be it drooping shoulders, facial sulks, overly-animated "the world is conspiring against me" expressions etc. I think even the great Sir Garfield Sobers alluded to this only recently, suggesting that he should just get on with things on the field.
Great potential, yes, but he makes a Glen McGrath tantrum (wobbly!) seem mild by comparison.
Watson's mannerism's have the potential to eat away at team morale.
Posted by Dan Tas on 2007-04-03 10:16:54
Dan, you may have a point about team morale. I wouldn't worry about team image though. Pawar shoves, dummy spits and general poor statesmanship from Ponting do a lot more damage to the team's image than the occasional sulk or shoulder droop from Watson.
Posted by JC on 2007-04-03 11:55:26
Every cricket team has a Shane Watson, don't ya reckon? Be it E Grade on a Sunday arvo, or a World Eleven. The "poor bugger me" syndrome we should call it. They are the proverbial pain in the butt! Why, oh why, do they gravitate toward our mighty game.
Posted by Dan Tas on 2007-04-03 14:18:20
Dan, now that you mention it, I think every family has one of those types also.
Posted by JC on 2007-04-03 16:22:38
What do they say, you can't choose your relies. But you can choose your cricketing mates, or clubs if there's one too many like Mr Watson about.
In club cricket a Watson was a drain on collective enjoyment of the game. Maybe "a Watson" can with time become a dictionary definition!!
Posted by Dan Tas on 2007-04-03 16:58:59
I like the link to the page that you are already looking at. That's really useful.
Posted by Jonny on 2007-04-03 18:42:45
Link? Not sure what you mean. Do you mean how the headline of each article links to the same page?
Posted by JC on 2007-04-03 21:01:43
When is the ACB finally going to give up Shane Watson? He should be made to do a year in domestic cricket without any injuries before he allowed back inot the Aussie squad, if he cant complete a full season, Sack him for life
Posted by Cracker on 2007-09-21 15:52:01

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